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


  • Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé – Perfect Duet
  • James Arthur – Naked
  • Pink – Beautiful Trauma
  • Louis Tomlinson – Miss You
  • Rak-Su ft. Naughty Boy & Wyclef Jean – Dimelo

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


  • Rita Ora – Anywhere
  • Naughty Boy ft. Joe Jonas – One Chance To Dance
  • Liam Payne – Bedroom Floor
  • NF – Let You Down
  • Niall Horan – On The Loose

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This week's Future Hits playlist features five new collaborations which I think are headed for the top ten.


  • The Vamps ft. Demi Lovato – Somebody To You
  • Naughty Boy ft. Sam Romans – Home
  • Kove ft. Melissa Steel – Way We Are
  • DJ Fresh vs TC – Make U Bounce
  • Eminem ft. Nate Ruess – Headlights

The 20th Most Poptastic Single of 2013

The Saturdays ft. Sean Paul – What About Us

Get those girls some iPods, it’s 2013!

Released: 15th March (UK)
Writers: Camille Purcell, Ollie Jacobs, Philip Jacobs, Sean Paul
Trivia: It’s interesting to see how the perception of a song’s quality can change once it becomes a hit. When What About Us first premiered the response (including mine) was quite negative, but since it went to no.1 it’s become a firm favourite at the pop clubs and I didn’t realise until I compiled this chart quite how much it had grown on me.
Best bits: 1. Whatever the weather, we gon’ be better together, so what’s up baby? What about us?
2. Oh why are we a-waiting? So long, I’m suffocating
3. What ya doin’ to my head? (Na, na, na, na, na)

The 19th Most Poptastic Single of 2013

Demi Lovato – Made In The USA

Demi before she was attacked with blue hair dye

Released: 16th July (USA)
Writers: Jonas Jeberg, Jason Evigan, Corey Chorus, Blair Perkins, Demi Lovato
Trivia: Demi Lovato led the self-titled album trend of 2013, releasing Demi in May, well before Britney Jean, Avril Lavigne and Beyoncé.
Best bits: 1. No matter how far we go, I want the whole world to know
2. Our love was made, made in the USA, made in the USA, yeah-e-ey-yeah
3. We touch down on the east coast, dinner in the sky rise, winter is the best time for walking in the city lights, you and I

The 18th Most Poptastic Single of 2013

Duke Dumont ft. A*M*E – Need U (100%)

Free comb not included

Released: 31st March (UK)
Writers: Adam Dyment, Tommy Forrest, Aminata Kabba, Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike
Trivia: Despite their brilliance, none of A*M*E’s solo singles have made the top 40. I think she should take a cue from the success of Need U (100%) and follow a cooler, more mature direction for her next attempt, or to make it easy for herself she could just release the excellent 2012 promotional single Find A Boy, produced by Naughty Boy and co-written with Emeli Sandé. What more selling points do you need?
Best bits: 1. Need you 100, need you 100 percent
2. I wanna be the one you call, every day and night (ooh-oh-uh)
3. You gotta give me everything, baby ain’t no doubt

The 17th Most Poptastic Single of 2013

Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith – La La La

Not featuring the Australian politician born in 1857

Released: 18th May (UK)
Writers: Shahid Khan, Al-Hakam El-Kaubaisy, Frobisher Mbabazi, Sam Smith, James Napier, James Murray, Mustafa Omer, Jonny Coffer
Trivia: Blazin’ Squad fans may recognise a couple of familiar names in the lengthy list of writers above. James Murray (Flava) and Mus Omer (Strider) co-wrote and co-produced this song as Mojam.
Best bits: 1. I’m covering my ears like a kid, when your words mean nothing I go la la la
2. ‘Cos if my heart can’t stop it, I find a way to block it, I go na-na la-la la-la na-na la-la la-la
3. I can’t find your silver lining, I don’t mean to judge, but when you read your speech it’s tiring, enough is enough

The 16th Most Poptastic Single of 2013

Leon Else – Protocol

Cheer up, you’ve written the 16th best song of the year!

Released: 20th November (UK)
Writers: Leon Else, Cass Lowe, Edvard Erfjord, Henrik Michelsen
Trivia: Leon is signed to Turn First Artists, the management company that looks after Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding and Iggy Azalea.
Best bits: 1. Rules are there for a reason, if you can’t fight what you’re feeling, please shut the door as you’re leaving
2. When you show me your soul but I don’t wanna know
3. Where’d you go when I can’t get through?

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This week’s Future Hits playlist features five collaborations between male and female artists which I think could be big UK hits.


  • Pitbull ft. Ke$ha – Timber
  • Naughty Boy ft. Ella Eyre & Wiz Khalifa – Think About It
  • Rudimental ft. Emeli Sandé – Free
  • Taylor Swift ft. Gary Lightbody – The Last Time
  • Ariana Grande ft. Big Sean – Right There

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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.

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Strength in numbers is the philosophy these British artists are depending on to compete with the international acts who have provided 2013’s biggest hits.


  • Naughty Boy ft. Emeli Sandé – Lifted
  • Rudimental ft. Foxes – Right Here
  • Ray Foxx ft. Rachel K Collier – Boom Boom (Heartbeat)
  • Wretch 32 ft. Jacob Banks – Doing OK
  • Brookes Brothers ft. Chrom3 – Carry Me On

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This week’s Future Hits playlist features five tracks by past Future Pop artists which I think will give their UK careers a major boost.


  • Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith – La La La
  • Iggy Azalea – Work
  • Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)
  • Miguel – Adorn
  • Mat Zo & Porter Robinson – Easy

This week marks a year since the very first Future Pop mailer! In that time many of the artists, including Conor Maynard, Rita Ora, fun. and Carly Rae Jepsen, have become major chart stars, while others are currently speeding along to the highway to success. Here’s an update on their progress…

  • Gabrielle Aplin is currently riding high on iTunes with her cover of The Power of Love, featured in the 2012 John Lewis Christmas advert.
  • The Neighbourhood play their first UK gig this week. I’m very excited!
  • Haim signed to Polydor and are working on their debut album, which will be preceded by new single Don’t Save Me, their poppiest yet.
  • Loreen went on to win Eurovision, and had a hit all over Europe with Euphoria. Highlight of the musical year for me!
  • Azealia Banks led a new surge of female rappers, and performed in an aquarium. She may as well retire now, what else is left to achieve?

  • Icona Pop were deservedly saved from the dumper by Atlantic/Big Beat, who signed them after they were dropped from Mercury, and they just released a new EP.
  • Naughty Boy recently hit the top 10 with his single Wonder, featuring Emeli Sandé.
  • Angel also had a top 10 hit with a similarly named track, Wonderful, and appears on a new single for Children In Need with Stooshe and Fazer.
  • Jake Bugg had a no.1 album, but I regretted featuring him in Future Pop after he turned out to be a bit of an idiot.
  • Sam Adams is featured on the new single Finally Found You by Enrique Iglesias, and recently performed on 90210.

  • After American Idol, Jessica Sanchez signed to Interscope, featured on a new song Jump In by apl.de.ap and won a part on Glee. Yay! Preview one of her new album tracks Fairytale here.
  • Two Future Pop artists are soon to release a song together, L Marshall (who is now signed to Mercury) and Little Nikki.
  • Madeon is working with Lady Gaga on music for her new album, and I have decided he is my future husband (when he’s old enough) after reading this interview.
  • X Factor alumni Misha B and Amelia Lily both hit the top 10, but didn’t do as well as Little Mix or their mentor Tulisa, who both debuted at no.1.
  • Sam and the Womp and PSY also reached no.1 with their debut singles, but like Tulisa may have difficulty staying at the top. Can they be more than one hit wonders?

Shahid Khan, also known as Naughty Boy, is the latest producer to decide he wants a bit of the spotlight for himself. He will release his debut album Hotel Cabana in 2013, but the first single will be much sooner, a song called Wonder which features his regular collaborator Emeli Sandé. Like an urban equivalent of Richard X Presents His X-Factor, Hotel Cabana will feature many current music stars on guest vocals, but we'll have to see whether it will end up being a one-off or lead to Naughty Boy becoming a big name on his own, like Mark Ronson or Timbaland. So far Wonder hasn't got me particularly excited, but I'll be following the project nonetheless.

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