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In the past few years, we’ve had a few country-rap crossover hits, and many duets between country acts and pop stars, but Maren Morris is one of very few country singers to feature on a dance track. The surprising twist is that The Middle sounds less country than many dance and pop hits that don’t feature country artists, such as Wake Me Up, Timber… even the new Kylie single. Listeners to last week’s New Music Friday who weren’t already aware of Maren wouldn’t guess her musical background. The song is proof that often the only difference between country and pop is which radio stations the song is submitted to, and as streaming services take over the role that radio once played in many people’s lives, the boundary between genres becomes more arbitrary than ever. Genre discussions aside, The Middle is a quality dance-pop song. At first I found it a bit generic, and was disappointed that it didn’t have more of a country feel, but it grew on me with further listens – the chorus really packs a punch. Maren proves here that she may be known for country, but she can sing pop as well as, if not better than, the reigning pop stars of today.


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

Tracklisting:

  • Sia vs. David Guetta & Afrojack – Helium
  • Sigrid – Strangers
  • Not3s ft. Mabel – My Lover
  • Zedd ft. Maren Morris & Grey – The Middle
  • J Hus – Bouff Daddy

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Billboard recently called country-pop singer Maren Morris “Nashville’s next breakout pop star.” As her single My Church entered the US country chart top 10 this week, she’s achieved the Nashville part. Her next challenge is the breakout. My Church sounds more country than anything Taylor Swift’s done since the Speak Now album, but its gospel influences, pop culture references and catchy chorus should appeal to a broad audience and maybe even give the song a chance outside the US. From the age of 15, Maren was gigging and releasing music in Dallas, Texas, until she moved to Nashville 3 years ago. There she befriended stars such as Kacey Musgraves and last summer self-released an EP, featuring My Church. The song got a million streams on Spotify in a few weeks and she signed to Columbia soon after. Interestingly, she thinks streaming blurs the line between country and pop, compared to the rigid categories at US radio, which benefits her as a crossover artist. I hope she’s right, as I’d love to see more artists taking the best of both worlds and making poptastic country tunes.