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Earlier this month I shared the 10 rising pop acts I felt could be the breakthrough stars of the year ahead, and invited This Must Be Pop readers to tell me which they thought, and hoped, would have the greatest success in 2018. And now, the results are in!

The act you think will be huge this year is…

1. BTS (29%)
2. Lauren Jauregui (19%)
3. Rak-Su (14%)

And the one you want to be the biggest new star is…

1. Sigrid (38%)
2. Billie Eilish (18%)
3. Pretty Much (16%)

Congrats to two very deserving winners! Sign up to the weekly Future Pop mailer to be first to hear about more new artists destined for stardom.

Now that we’ve surveyed the state of pop at the start of 2018, it’s time to review the candidates for this year’s biggest breakthrough acts. Here are the 10 future stars I think will capture pop fans’ hearts. Read on to learn more about them and have your say on  which you think, and hope, will make it big.

Billie Eilish

Billie is a perky blonde teen star from a musical family based in LA, but she’s definitely not the new Miley or Selena. Her alt-pop sound and outlandish style combine to create a unique, quirky artist for the Instagram age.


K-pop group BTS are already arguably the biggest boyband in the world, and as the west takes note of their pulling power, they’re sure to get more mainstream media opportunities like this and this in 2018.

Eves Karydas

Aussie singer Eves is probably the least established of the acts featured here, but she might just have the most pop star potential. Her first major label release, There For You, set the tone for an exciting year ahead.

Lauren Jauregui

Camila Cabello might have outshone her former bandmates in 2017, but she wasn’t the only fan favourite in Fifth Harmony. Lauren is talented and outspoken with a more alternative style, so her solo debut is sure to be intriguing.


PrettyMuch are the most polished and modern of the US boybands. They’ve had great support and investment from their label, and though it hasn’t quite clicked yet, I still feel the right single could skyrocket them.


The most promising X Factor act in years, Rak-Su already have a no.2 single under their belts, and are ready to capitalise on their win with an EP of their most popular original songs expected in the next few months.

Sarah Close

Singer-songwriter Sarah is a YouTube star with true talent and pop star potential. Her girl-next-door persona is reminiscent of early Taylor Swift, yet her thoughtful electro-pop would fit right in on 1989 or Reputation.


The cute, charismatic indie blogger’s fave hasn’t quite made her mark on the pop scene yet, but with strong media support and a prominent showing in the 2018 tip lists, all she needs now is a hit-worthy song.

Why Don’t We

Boyband Why Don’t We look like they were picked at random from a sixth form college, but the accessible vibe gives them an appeal that stylish, edgy PrettyMuch are missing. They’re the underdogs only to people who don’t know teen girls.


Recently signed to Interscope US, Yungblud is a northern lad with charm and energy to spare. He’s a great live performer and talented songwriter, who represents the politically engaged, opinionated teens of today.

Now we’ve considered the options, it’s time to cast your vote! Sign up to my Future Pop mailer for the exclusive winners announcement on Monday 15th Jan.

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In One Direction’s absence, the title of the world’s biggest boyband undoubtedly belongs to a K-pop act. As BIGBANG are also on hiatus, it’s down to S.M. Entertainment’s Korean-Chinese group EXO, or Big Hit Entertainment’s BTS. When it comes to crossing over to the western music market, BTS are charging ahead. Formed in 2013, the seven-member group has released two albums in Korean and two in Japanese, plus a series of chart-topping EPs. After an impressive 2017, including a Billboard Music Award win and record breaking video views, they released their latest EP Love Yourself: Her last week. It reached the UK album chart top 20 and iTunes chart no.1, and went top 10 in Australia and New Zealand. The lead single DNA got 50 million YouTube views in five days, and was the first song by a K-pop group to enter Spotify’s Global Top 50. The video is colourful, cute and slick, while the track has a Europoppy sound. In a rare deference to western artists, Best of Me from the EP is produced by The Chainsmokers’ Andrew Taggart. In recent years, some Korean stars have caved to pressure to record English tracks and reinterepret their act for the international market, with little effect. The global success of groups like BTS shows it’s unnecessary to sacrifice their identity or pander to western ideals. A European tour would be appreciated, though.