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My weekly playlist features five tracks I predict will be future hit singles in the UK.


  • Anne-Marie – Heavy
  • DJ Snake ft. Lauv – A Different Way
  • Kideko ft. Tinie Tempah & Becky G – Dum Dum
  • Kygo ft. Justin Jesso – Stargazing
  • Paloma Faith – Crybaby

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It’s been 3 years since I featured Becky G here with high hopes for her future, and it’s kind of hard to say whether she’s been a success. She featured on the brilliant Oath by Cher Lloyd, and I enjoyed her catchy 2014 single Shower, but it wasn’t the massive hit that some thought it would be. She’s upped her game again with new single Break a Sweat, an infectious, summery, chant-along tune produced by her super-talented label boss Dr Luke. Until recently, Selena Gomez-lookalike Becky was dating mini-Bieber Austin Mahone, but after using him for a cute video, she is trouncing her ex in the pop star stakes with Break a Sweat.

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This week's playlist features five catchy new pop singles which I think will be future hits.


  • Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
  • Becky G – Shower
  • Fuse ODG ft. Angel – T.I.N.A.
  • Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
  • Echosmith – Cool Kids

The 15th Most Poptastic Single of 2012

Ditte Marie – Overflow

No expense spared on that microphone

Released: 19th January
Writers: Mike Eriksson, Johnny Sanchez, Hanif Sabzevari
Trivia: Overflow may be brilliant but it is quite an unlucky song. First it missed out on representing Denmark in Eurovision, then it was covered by the awfully-named male duo Man Meadow. Poor Ditte Marie.
Best bits: 1. Don’t leave me this waaaaaaaaay
2. Oh oh oh, my love will overflow
3. Every heartbeat’s calling your name, everything you do makes me insane

The 14th Most Poptastic Single of 2012

DJ Fresh ft. Rita Ora – Hot Right Now

The star jump competition got out of hand

Released: 12th February
Writers: Daniel Stein, The Invisible Men
Trivia: Rita was no.3 in my Top 10 of 2012 predictions list, and I knew even then there was no way she could fail, as I’d already heard Hot Right Now. The Jay-Z namedrop certainly helped, but she wouldn’t have even had the chance to drop it if it hadn’t been for her involvement in this fantastic year-defining dance-pop song.
Best bits: 1. You know you’re only in it cos it’s hot right now, hot right now, turn it up right now
2. Can I get a woah-ohoh-ohoh? OH!
3. Throw your hands up, throw your hands up, throw your hands up, go on throw your hands up

The 13th Most Poptastic Single of 2012

Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble

Can’t she afford a fringe trim?

Released: 9th October
Writers: Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback
Trivia: Taylor is clearly releasing this song just so when Harry Styles cheats on her with Selena Gomez she can avoid the “I told you so”s by saying “I told me so!”
Best bits: 1. Oh! Oh! Trouble, trouble, trouble
2. I knew you were trouble when you walked in, so shame on me now-ow
3. He was long gone when he met me, and I realise the joke is on me, hey!

The 12th Most Poptastic Single of 2012

Cher Lloyd ft. Becky G – Oath

Cher Lloyd, sponsored by Claire’s Accessories

Released: 2nd October
Writers: Cher Lloyd, Lukasz Gottwald, Rebecca Gomez, Henry Walter, Dan Omelio, Emily Wright, Ammar Malik
Trivia: Why I love Becky G: She said in a recent interview that she was excited to feature on Oath as she had been a fan of Cher since “Swagger Jagger, UK stuff.” Any friend of Swagger Jagger is a friend of mine.
Best bits: 1. Wherever you go, just always remember, that you got a home for now and forever
2. Laughing so damn hard, crashed your dad’s new car, all the scars we share, I promise, I swear!
3. Oh-ohoh, I’ll never let you go, oh-ohoh, this is my oath to you-ou

The 11th Most Poptastic Single of 2012

Jin Jin & The Ragdolls ft. Mikill Pane – Cashpoint Drama

She should have gone to a bank, this machine charges

Released: 2nd July
Writers: Janee Bennett, Mikill Pane
Trivia: Janee (aka Jin Jin) was a contestant in the second series of Fame Academy, describing herself at the time as a “pop and reggae singer.”
Best bits: 1. At first I thought that you were just quite slow but I was wrong, now I know that you’re a psycho
2. I mean seriously what’s your problem? Don’t call me babe, I don’t know you from Adam!
3. Find another machine if you’re in such a rush, if not then back off and hush your mush

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This week’s playlist features five new singles just premiered by major pop acts. They’ll all be hits but I expect some may not be as big as the record label is hoping!


  • Cher Lloyd ft. Becky G – Oath
  • The Wanted – I Found You
  • JLS – Hottest Girl In The World
  • Pink – Try
  • Leona Lewis – Trouble

A few years ago it was hard to name a successful female rapper, but now Nicki Minaj is one of the biggest artists in the world, Azealia Banks is the indie kids’ fave and every female singer from Madonna to Cher Lloyd is having a go. There’s an onslaught of new rap girls all hoping to be the next big thing, and realistically there’s not going to be room for all of them. So who has the best chance of making it? I marked ten of the best contenders on poptasticness and hit potential.

Kitty Pryde (Unsigned)

Kitty Pryde describes herself as the Taylor Swift of rap, and that was enough for me to know I’d be a fan! The 19-year-old became famous via YouTube, particularly after posting a song called Justin Bieber, which inevitably got her lots of attention. In the song she mentioned a rapper called Riff Raff (apparently also an Internet sensation, though I’d never heard of him) and once he heard it, they got together to collaborate on a track called Orion’s Belt. Kitty may have difficulty expanding outside of her Internet hipster audience, but she does represent a side of rap that’s totally different to what’s typically expected of female rappers.

Hit potential: 32% Poptasticness: 69%

Angel Haze (Island Records)

I hadn’t heard much about Angel until the past week, when she suddenly seems to be appearing in all the right places, including The Guardian and Billboard. After a year building her fanbase online, including releasing a free EP, she signed to Universal. Like Kitty, she aims to be different to other female rappers and uses her Native American heritage as musical and visual inspiration. Her latest song and music video New York is pretty shocking, and knowing that it got her signed she’s unlikely to start playing by the rules now. What’s most exciting is the list of people she’s been in the studio with recently, which ranges from Paul Epworth to Rudimental!

Hit potential: 71% Poptasticness: 30%

Becky G (Kemosabe/Sony)

15-year-old Becky Gomez (no relation to Selena, though they look alike) was the first signing to Dr Luke’s new Sony label Kemosabe, and is known so far for her personalised covers of big hit rap songs such as Lighters by Eminem, and Take Care by Drake. She’s a good singer as well as a rapper, and adorably cute – pretty much the perfect teen-friendly version of the current girl rap trend. Kanye West and Simon Cowell have both tweeted about her so you know it’s going to be a big launch, but for now she’s just working on her album and featuring on a few singles including (quite weirdly) the UK version of Ai Se Eu Te Pego by Michel Telo.

Hit potential: 87% Poptasticness: 78%

Honey Cocaine (Unsigned)

Honey Cocaine is part of Future Pop star Tyga‘s rap crew, and is unfortunately best known for being shot in the arm after one of his gigs. Luckily she recovered and, in true rapper style, went on to put out a rap about the experience called Who Shot Me. Honey Cocaine is a Canadian 19-year-old, born Sochitta Sal, and often said to resemble Rita Ora. Unlike the girls featured here so far, Honey has come up from within the US hip-hop community and is embraced by fans of male rappers because of her connections. Her freestyle cover of Tyga’s Rack City has received over a million views, as has her most popular solo track Feel Shit.

Hit potential: 43% Poptasticness: 35%

Iggy Azalea (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)

Who would have thought that Azealia/Azalea would be such a common name for female rappers? Like Angel Haze, Iggy made a name for herself with a shocking song and video that went viral. The track was called Pu$$y and the video featured a small child riding a rocking horse suggestively among other dubious activities. She is Australian but now lives in the US, and has signed to Grand Hustle, the label founded by T.I., who will also executive produce her album. Cee Lo will feature, but Azealia Banks is unlikely to appear after she accused Iggy of being racist. So far Iggy is best known in the UK for her rap on the Radio 1-playlisted Beat Down by Steve Aoki.

Hit potential: 68% Poptasticness: 46%

To be continued…

Brazilian singer Michel Teló has already reached no.1 with his single Ai Se Eu Te Pego everywhere from Belgium to Colombia, and he is now preparing to conquer the U.K. charts. Although the song was originally released by Universal Brazil, it's been licensed by Syco for the U.K., and rather randomly a rap by American teenager Becky G (signed to Dr Luke's new U.S. label) has been added. It got its first play on Radio 1 last week, but whether or not it takes off straight away is pretty irrelevant – I have insider info that it will be performed by an auditionee on X Factor this year, which is certain to send it soaring up the charts and earning lots of money for Syco.

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