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


  • Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – Down
  • Martin Garrix ft. Troye Sivan – There For You
  • Major Lazer ft. Travis Scott, Camila Cabello & Quavo – Know No Better
  • Julia Michaels – Uh Huh
  • AJR ft. Louisa Johnson – Weak

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


  • Philip George & Dragonette – Feel This Way
  • DNCE – Cake by the Ocean
  • Troye Sivan – Youth
  • Dua Lipa – Last Dance
  • Lukas Graham – Mama Said

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Happy New Year! It’s time to reveal the results of the Stars of 2016 poll that you’ve all been voting in for the past few weeks. Basically, it’s like the BBC Sound of 2016 poll without the boring stuff: Only pop stars allowed! The votes were spread widely between the 10 nominees, but two singers took the lead early on and came out on top.

The artist that pop fans THINK will be huge in 2016 is…

1. Troye Sivan – 27%

2. Zayn Malik – 24%
3. Zara Larsson – 22%

And the pop star you HOPE will be huge in 2016 is…

1. Zara Larsson – 31%

2. Troye Sivan – 22%
3. Phoebe Ryan – 14%

Congrats Troye and Zara! I’m very pleased with the results as I’ve supported them both since early in their careers, and hope they will each have a fantastic 2016. Read more about them and the other nominees here.


Unlike most YouTube stars, Troye Sivan wasn’t living a normal teenage life before he became famous via the video sharing site. He was a child star in Australia, singing on TV shows including Star Search and Telethon, and acting in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as a mini Hugh Jackman. At that time he was posting singing videos on YouTube, but it was his vlogs, and membership of the vloggers inner circle (he’s made videos with Zoella, Tyler Oakley etc.), that earned him a huge online following. There’s no doubt that his vlogs are the reason he has a deal with Universal and a shot at becoming a major pop star, but the fact that he had a history with music and treats his singing career as a priority gives him more credibility.

Troye also stands out from other YouTube singers because his music is current and relevant, and he is a viable pop star. It’s believable that Universal would have signed him if he hadn’t had millions of subscribers, which is not something you can say about many of the social media stars who got record deals a few years ago, when the labels first became stats-obsessed. His cute geeky hipster vibe is similar to Olly from Years and Years, while musically he’s pitched as a male Lorde. Unfortunately, he doesn’t yet have his own Royals, either in quality or success. Troye’s album, Blue Neighbourhood, was released this month and reviews have been surprisingly gushing. I attended his London gig a few weeks ago to give him a fair chance, and although I was impressed by his fanbase, who were singing along enthusiastically to every word, I’m still not quite on board with Troye as a pop entity. But I’m open to being convinced, and I think the music world is open to it too, so that’s a pretty good start.

Click here to find out more about This Must Be Pop’s Stars of 2016 and come back on 18th December to vote for the artists you think, and hope, will be the biggest stars of 2016. The results will be announced in the Future Pop mailer on 4th January.

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In 2014, YouTube vloggers are the celebs with the most direct influence on teenagers. By inviting viewers into their lives, they seem more accessible than pop stars or film stars, and this creates a highly engaged and dedicated fanbase. Australian Troye Sivan, age 19, has demonstrated this with his new single, the first step in his attempt to evolve from vlogger to pop star. Happy Little Pill is dark and strange compared to typical teen-pop, and doesn't sound like any other artist his age. Nonetheless, it reached no.1 on the iTunes worldwide chart and no.3 in the UK. While this is impressive, Troye now has to not only prove to the music world that he deserves his success, but also keep his fans on board as he repositions himself as a pop star. Just like an X Factor winner, his fans care about the personality and story more than the music. No vlogger has successfully made this transition yet, but X Factor winners have. It’s possible, but some very clever marketing is required!