This Must Be Pop brings you Future Pop! (Issue #07)‏

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This Must Be Pop Live

Thanks to everyone who came down to This Must Be Pop Live on Tuesday! It was great fun and the acts performing, Rachel Furner and The Jess Hall Band, definitely won over lots of new fans. Read more about it here and look out for news coming soon about the next event, which will take place on January 17th.

Future Stars

MTV recently announced two of the nominees for their Brand New for 2012 award and fans of UK urban music should already be aware of one of them, a singer, songwriter and producer known as Sirach Charles to his family and friends, or Angel to his fans. The 23 year old has been building buzz for the release of his debut album About Time by writing for other artists, including Roll Deep, Pixie Lott and Jason Derulo, and putting out mixtapes and singles such as Julie and Popstar. Musically you could certainly call him the 2010s version of Craig David, but his tough, street look makes him much edgier. He could easily be as big as Craig was, though.
K-Pop is starting to seriously make waves outside of Korea and a few acts are set to aim for international success in the next year. One of those is Wonder Girls, who since their launch via an MTV Korea reality series in 2007 have earned 12 billion South Korean won (£6.7 million). They have supported the Jonas Brothers on their US tour and were the first Korean act to reach the Billboard Hot 100, with their 2009 single Nobody. In 2012 they will release their first US album, which they've been recording with Claude Kelly and Rodney Jerkins, and star in a TV series for the US channel Teen Nick. I'm dubious whether the US teen market will lap up a K-Pop act but it's great to see them being accepted and promoted by such a mainstream brand as Nickelodeon.

Lianne La Havas (Labour Of Love/Warner Bros)

Since Corinne Bailey Rae's second album sunk without a trace, the music industry has been in want of a charming mixed-race female singer of sweet, radio-friendly soulful pop. Luckily for mums and people who need to buy Christmas presents for their mums, although not so luckily for Corinne, Lianne La Havas has arrived. The 22 year old former backing vocalist has been signed for two years but only released her first EP last month and flew pretty much under the radar until she performed on Jools Holland a few weeks ago and instantly became The Next Big Thing. Her music is enjoyable on its own but her captivating performance style is what will make her a star, as long as she gets a few more high profile TV spots so the public can experience it.

Future Hits

This week's theme for my playlist is hits for the party season… and the aftermath!


  • Will I Am feat Mick Jagger & Jennifer Lopez – T.H.E.
  • Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party – Antidote
  • JLS – Do You Feel What I Feel?
  • Taio Cruz feat Flo-Rida – Hangover
  • Chase & Status & Sub Focus – Flashing Lights ft. Takura

Thanks for reading – I'll be back next Monday with more Future Pop! Subscribe here so you don’t miss out, and don't forget to email and tweet me with your thoughts on the songs and artists above, and any suggestions for next week.


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