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

Tracklisting:

  • Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa – Scared To Be Lonely
  • James Blunt – Love Me Better
  • Major Lazer ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj – Run Up
  • Julia Michaels – Issues
  • Zara Larsson ft. Ty Dolla $ign – So Good

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

Tracklisting:

  • The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – Closer
  • Jason Derulo – Kiss the Sky
  • MØ – Final Song
  • M.O – Who Do You Think Of?
  • Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha – In the Name of Love

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This week’s future hits playlist features five future hits from some of the world’s top DJs.

Tracklisting:

  • Martin Garrix ft. Usher – Don't Look Down
  • Avicii ft. Chris Martin – Heaven
  • Axwell ^ Ingrosso – On My Way
  • Deorro ft. Chris Brown – Five More Hours
  • Michael Calfan – Treasured Soul

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This week's Future Hits playlist features five new singles by young male acts that should soon be soaring up the charts.

Tracklisting:

  • The Vamps – Last Night
  • One Direction – Midnight Memories
  • 5 Seconds of Summer – She Looks So Perfect
  • Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway – Wizard
  • Jake Bugg – A Song About Love

Anatomy of a Hit is a new feature on This Must Be Pop, where my task is to analyse the highest new entry to the UK singles chart top 10 each week. This week another dance hit outsells the Q4 blockbusters…

#1 – Martin Garrix – Animals

The days of cheesy Europop hits like DJ Otzi and Las Ketchup crossing over from the continent may seem very distant now, but record labels still look to the European charts to decide which tracks to licence and promote in the UK. Of all the popular music genres, dance music hits spread between countries the most often, and the public’s taste in dance music seems to be more consistent internationally than other genres. I think the fact that there’s little focus on the lyrics is the main reason for this, and a completely instrumental single like Animals by underage DJ Martin Garrix is a great example. If it works in a few different European countries, it’s almost guaranteed to work in any other. It took nearly five months for Animals to appear on UK iTunes after its initial release on Beatport and other European iTunes stores, so by that time demand was at fever pitch, and the no.1 felt inevitable.

Like last week’s chart-topper Look Right Through, Animals went straight to no.1 on iTunes as soon as it was released. It slipped to no.2 later in the week, but it’s interesting to see a dance track performing more like a boyband single, with a peak on the first day as enthusiastic fans can finally redeem their pre-orders. I think this shows the impact the Internet has had on dance music. More than ever, there is a culture of dance music fans who don’t actually go to clubs. Because of their international appeal, commercial dance tracks rack up huge viewing figures on YouTube and spread among online communities much faster than they could ever spread through word of mouth on the club scene.

Come back next Monday to read my thoughts on the highest new entry in the top 10. Will it be Lily Allen, Gary Barlow, JLS or something else entirely? Tweet me your predictions now!


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This week’s Future Hits playlist features five dance tracks which have been building up buzz for months before finally being released.

Tracklisting:

  • Storm Queen – Look Right Through
  • Martin Garrix – Animals
  • Avicii – Hey Brother
  • Breach ft. Andreya Triana – Everything You Never Had (We Had It All)
  • Chris Malinchak – If U Got It

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I wouldn't normally write about a DJ who hasn't even had a UK hit, but I had to make an exception when I saw Dutch house DJ Martin Garrix featured in Billboard's 21 Under 21 list and discovered he is only 17 years old. He's even younger than little Madeon – in fact, he's still got eight months until he can legally attend his own DJ sets. However, Martin isn't famous for being a child prodigy, but for his debut single Animals which has already gone top 10 in six European countries' official charts. So far it has peaked at 140 in the UK, but as it currently sits in seven iTunes top 10s I think Spinnin' Records might just give it a bit more promo. He also has 362,000 Facebook likes off the back of just one single! Impressive.