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Now that we’ve surveyed the state of pop at the start of 2018, it’s time to review the candidates for this year’s biggest breakthrough acts. Here are the 10 future stars I think will capture pop fans’ hearts. Read on to learn more about them and have your say on  which you think, and hope, will make it big.

Billie Eilish

Billie is a perky blonde teen star from a musical family based in LA, but she’s definitely not the new Miley or Selena. Her alt-pop sound and outlandish style combine to create a unique, quirky artist for the Instagram age.


K-pop group BTS are already arguably the biggest boyband in the world, and as the west takes note of their pulling power, they’re sure to get more mainstream media opportunities like this and this in 2018.

Eves Karydas

Aussie singer Eves is probably the least established of the acts featured here, but she might just have the most pop star potential. Her first major label release, There For You, set the tone for an exciting year ahead.

Lauren Jauregui

Camila Cabello might have outshone her former bandmates in 2017, but she wasn’t the only fan favourite in Fifth Harmony. Lauren is talented and outspoken with a more alternative style, so her solo debut is sure to be intriguing.


PrettyMuch are the most polished and modern of the US boybands. They’ve had great support and investment from their label, and though it hasn’t quite clicked yet, I still feel the right single could skyrocket them.


The most promising X Factor act in years, Rak-Su already have a no.2 single under their belts, and are ready to capitalise on their win with an EP of their most popular original songs expected in the next few months.

Sarah Close

Singer-songwriter Sarah is a YouTube star with true talent and pop star potential. Her girl-next-door persona is reminiscent of early Taylor Swift, yet her thoughtful electro-pop would fit right in on 1989 or Reputation.


The cute, charismatic indie blogger’s fave hasn’t quite made her mark on the pop scene yet, but with strong media support and a prominent showing in the 2018 tip lists, all she needs now is a hit-worthy song.

Why Don’t We

Boyband Why Don’t We look like they were picked at random from a sixth form college, but the accessible vibe gives them an appeal that stylish, edgy PrettyMuch are missing. They’re the underdogs only to people who don’t know teen girls.


Recently signed to Interscope US, Yungblud is a northern lad with charm and energy to spare. He’s a great live performer and talented songwriter, who represents the politically engaged, opinionated teens of today.

Now we’ve considered the options, it’s time to cast your vote! Sign up to my Future Pop mailer for the exclusive winners announcement on Monday 15th Jan.

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An unexpected highlight of The Great Escape was Yungblud, aka Dom Harrison, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Doncaster who put on the most exciting, energetic show of the festival, fittingly filled with enthusiastic industry types. Musically he’s a young Jamie T meets Arctic Monkeys, and his look is Harry Styles with an edge. He has the charm of a pop star and the swagger of a rock star. He played a set full of anthemic songs with memorable, chant-along hooks, and even managed to start a moshpit in Brighton’s posh South Lanes. Yungblud’s debut single King Charles has been described as a protest song, with anti-establishment lyrics that demand a voice for young people. The singer backs up this message with political tweets, written in his strong Northern accent. Early wins have  included spot plays on Radio 1 and Radio X, and a slot in Spotify’s New Music Friday, thanks to the support of his management Locomotion and agents CAA. King Charles is the only song online so far, but clips of him performing Tin Pan Boy and Park Hill Romance give a sense of his live show. These high energy tracks were balanced in the set by Polygraph Eyes, a more sensitive moment that speaks directly to men who prey on drunk girls. If you’d asked me last week what the music industry was missing right now, I would never have described this, but all the elements add up to make perfect sense for 2017.