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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:

  • Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – Side To Side
  • Zara Larsson – Ain’t My Fault
  • TIEKS ft. Dan Harkna – Sunshine
  • John Gibbons – Would I Lie to You
  • Dua Lipa – Blow Your Mind (Mwah)

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

Tracklisting:

  • Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
  • David Guetta ft. Zara Larsson – This One’s For You
  • Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better
  • Alan Walker – Sing Me to Sleep
  • Jonas Blue ft. JP Cooper – Perfect Strangers

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

Tracklisting:

  • Fifth Harmony – Work From Home
  • Tinie Tempah ft. Zara Larsson – Girls Like
  • Flo Rida ft. Jason Derulo – Hello Friday
  • Chris Brown ft. Usher & ZAYN – Back to Sleep (Remix)
  • Chase & Status ft. Slaves – Control

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

Tracklisting:

  • Taylor Swift – Out of the Woods
  • Zara Larsson – Lush Life
  • Shawn Mendes – Stitches
  • Selena Gomez – Hands to Myself
  • X Ambassadors – Renegades

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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.


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Zara Larsson is one of the best pop stars in the world right now. As if being a talented singer and dancer isn’t enough, she’s also a beautiful, funny, outspoken Swedish teenage feminist. The only thing she’s lacking is a hit.

Similarly to Troye Sivan, Zara was a child star in her home country, winning Talang (their version of Britain’s Got Talent) at age 10. She released a cover of My Heart Will Go On, but subsequently returned to obscurity. In her teens, she became a YouTube star in Sweden, and signed to TEN Music Group (the brilliant team behind Icona Pop, Erik Hassle and more) and Universal, eventually releasing her first original single in 2013, aged 15. Uncover was a no.1 in Sweden and well-received by pop fans around the world, attracting comparisons to Rihanna. News of this promising young starlet travelled quickly to the US, where she signed a joint deal with Epic and Dr Luke’s imprint Kemosabe Records.

In 2014 Zara released her debut album 1, but sadly it didn’t live up to her early promise. It was pleasant but so underwhelming, I didn’t even notice until a few weeks ago that one of the songs was an Erik Hassle cover. The album was only released in Scandinavia, with the US getting a skimmed version as an EP. A few months later, a new single called Lush Life appeared, and quickly became a hit across Europe. She also made her long-awaited arrival in the UK, duetting on Never Forget You with MNEK. Although I still think the track is pretty average, it was a top 5 hit, and Zara finally played her first UK gig (she was amazing, of course)! Lush Life will be released here in January, and I’m hoping she can benefit from the quietness of Q1 and notch up another chart hit, but I still feel it’s nowhere near as good as she deserves. If Zara Larsson doesn’t become a superstar in 2016, people need to be losing their jobs, because this really shouldn’t be that difficult.

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

Tracklisting:

  • Olly Murs – Kiss Me
  • The 1975 – Love Me
  • Ben Haenow ft. Kelly Clarkson – Second Hand Heart
  • Netsky ft. Digital Farm Animals – Rio
  • Zara Larsson & MNEK – Never Forget You

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I’ve been listening to lots of new albums lately, but it’s nothing to do with the arrival of Q4. The albums I’m enjoying are all debuts by international artists (and Future Pop alumni), such as Tove Lo, The Griswolds and Zara Larsson. While Zara’s album is my least favourite of those three, it’s still a strong start for a young star who has huge commercial potential. With a late 90s sound, Wanna Be Your Baby was an instant stand-out track for me, as it reminds me of the hits from Robyn’s debut album, though it should also appeal to fans of Ariana Grande. My other favourite tracks include Weak Heart, Skippin a Beat and the latest single Rooftop.


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I first heard about Zara Larsson late last year, but in fact she's been famous in Sweden since she was just 10 years old. She won Talang 2008, the Swedish version of Britain's Got Talent. Now 15, she is a big star across Scandinavia thanks to her debut EP Uncover, including the title track which hit no.1 in Sweden and Norway. Her sound isn't cheesy, like you might expect for an artist of her age, and Uncover has been compared to a Rihanna ballad. Zara is signed to TEN, the record label which launched Erik Hassle and Icona Pop, and thanks to their deal with Sony Music she recently earned a US record deal. The anticipation for a Swedish teen star who could be the next Britney, or at least the next Robyn, is high, with Sony A&R Candece Campbell tweeting several links to Zara's videos.