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

Tracklisting:

  • Jax Jones ft. Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don – Introduction
  • DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts
  • Ofenbach – Be Mine
  • Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – Feels
  • John Gibbons – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

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

Tracklisting:

  • Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MØ – Cold Water
  • Katy Perry – Rise
  • Snakehips ft. Zayn – Cruel
  • 5 Seconds of Summer – Girls Talk Boys
  • Lee Walker & DJ Deeon ft. Katy B – Freak Like Me

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This week’s Future Hits playlist features five new singles by some of the world’s biggest pop stars.

Tracklisting:

  • Ed Sheeran – Sing
  • One Direction – You & I
  • Pharrell Williams – Marilyn Monroe
  • Katy Perry – Birthday
  • Ellie Goulding – Beating Heart

The 10th Most Poptastic Single of 2013

Megan & Liz – Release You


That balloon hand must be inconvenient

Released: 4th June (USA)
Writers: Savan Kotecha, Johan Schuster, Megan Mace, Elizabeth Mace
Trivia: When I first wrote about this song, I suggested it was wasted on an unknown act like Megan & Liz, who lack the pop star potential to make it as big as it deserves to be (and sure enough, the song was a flop). I was surprised Max Martin and Shellback, who produced Release You, wouldn’t recognise its quality and save it for one of the many superstar acts who want to record their songs. One of the girls (Megan or Liz) tweeted me to defend themselves and said that they co-wrote the song, which only served to make me think they lacked intelligence as well as star quality. Just think of all the money they could have made by placing this song with a bigger act!
Best bits: 1. Hey baby, I, I know I’m good without you, hey baby, I (ooh-oo-ooh)
2. I relee-ee-ee-ee-ease you, goodbye!
3. All day and all night, I would take all your shhh (your what?), yeah all day and all night, but I’m oh-over it

The 9th Most Poptastic Single of 2013

Katy Perry – Roar


Watch out Katy, there’s a lion behind you!

Released: 12th August (USA)
Writers: Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Henry Walter
Trivia: Roar was recorded in four different studios: Luke’s in the Boo, Playback Recording Studio and Secret Garden Studios, all in California, and MXM Studios (Max Martin’s studio) in Stockholm.
Best bits: 1. Oh louder, louder than a lion
2. Roar roar roar oh-uh roar… I got the eye of the tiger!
3. You hear my voice, your hear that sound, like thunder gonna shake the ground

The 8th Most Poptastic Single of 2013

Demi Lovato – Heart Attack


You’d think Demi could afford to fix her wonky window

Released: 24th February (USA)
Writers: Mitch Allan, Jason Evigan, Sean Douglas, Nikki Williams, Aaron Phillips, Demi Lovato
Trivia: According to Nikki Williams, Heart Attack was originally written two years ago, not for Demi in particular. Demi changed some of the lyrics and a dubstep section (thank goodness that trend ended) was removed.
Best bits: 1. If I ever did that, I think I’d have a heart attack
2. I gasp for air! It feels so good, but you know it hurts
3. You make me so nervous that I just can’t hold your hand

The 7th Most Poptastic Single of 2013

Tove Lo – Habits


She needs some waterproof mascara!

Released: 15th March (Sweden)
Writers: Tove Nilsson
Trivia: I only discovered today that Tove co-wrote Something New by Girls Aloud! Maybe this explains why it’s the only Xenomania song I’ve really liked since Miranda Cooper and Tim Powell left.
Best bits: 1. You’re gone and I gotta stay high all the time to keep you off my mind
2. Spend my days locked in a haze, trying to forget you babe, I fall back down
3. Can’t go home alone again, need someone to numb the pain

The 6th Most Poptastic Single of 2013

Britney Spears – Work Bitch


Oh no! Her costume’s split and she’s got to go on stage!

Released: 17th September (USA)
Writers: Britney Spears, William Adams, Otto Jettman, Sebastian Ingrosso, Anthony Preston, Ruth-Anne Cunningham
Trivia: Work Bitch is the opening number of Britney’s Las Vegas show, which is so far attracting very positive reviews. Watch the behind-the-scenes documentary here.
Best bits: 1. You want a hot body? You want a Bugatti? You want a Maserati? You better work bitch!
2. Bring it on, ring the alarm, don’t stop now, just be the champion
3. Hold your head high, fingers to the sky, they gon’ try to try ya, but they can’t deny ya


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This week’s Future Hits playlist features five new singles by established pop acts which could be the last big hits of 2013…

Tracklisting:

  • Jason Derulo – Trumpets
  • Katy Perry – Unconditionally
  • James Arthur – Recovery
  • John Newman – Losing Sleep
  • Robbie Williams ft. Lily Allen – Dream A Little Dream Of Me

Posted in association with 4Music.

This summer has brought us big pop singles from all over the world. Here are some of my favourite hits of the season, plus a few upcoming releases I’ve been enjoying when the sun has popped up (and even more when I’ve been shut away indoors).

Icona Pop – I Love It

I have a high tolerance for shouty girl singers, so I was always going to be a fan of I Love It, but the fact that it also has a great pop melody and highly quotable lyrics meant the rest of the world fell in love with it too. The former members of Shampoo and Bow Wow Wow looked on with pride as it finally topped the charts in the UK a year after its original Swedish release, and went on to rack up over 40 million YouTube views.

Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith – La La La

Naughty Boy launched his Hotel Cabana album campaign with one of the dullest songs of the year, Wonder, and his hit rate as a producer is pretty poor (how many of these are on your ipod?) but with La La La he finally earned a bit of respect. It’s incredibly infectious and I love the lyrical concept of singing “la la la” to block out words you don’t want to hear. Fun fact: This song was co-written with two members of Blazin’ Squad!

Katy Perry – Roar

I received shocked responses when I recently tweeted that Roar is only the fourth Katy Perry song I actively enjoy. Although I liked the Part of Me documentary, I have no particular connection or loyalty to her as a pop star. But she has been a vehicle for a few great songs and I think Roar is a strong comeback. It’s generic enough to feel familiar, and the quality of songwriting, especially the uplifting chorus, makes it an instant classic.

One Direction – Best Song Ever

I love an obnoxious song title and although I don’t think Best Song Ever is the actual best song ever, it is one of my favourites from One Direction. I love the metatextual concept of a song within a song, and the specific details such as “her name was Georgia Rose and her daddy was a dentist.” I’m still waiting for someone to write a song that goes “oh oh oh, yeah yeah yeah, ohhhh,” and claim it was the inspiration.

Neon Jungle – Trouble

I’m a little biased but it would be a lie to say I’ve listened to any song more this summer than Trouble by Neon Jungle. Amira, Asami, Jess and Shereen release their first single this weekend, and I think it’s the best girlband debut in years. I love that it’s less than three minutes long, like songs used to be in the ’60s. There isn’t a moment of filler: every second counts as the girls introduce themselves in a bright burst of energy.