This Must Be Pop brings you Future Pop! (Issue #20)

Future Pop is a weekly email featuring the hottest new pop songs and artists that you need to know about. Sign up here then read on, listen up and make sure you tweet me @poptastic to let me know what you think of my picks!

This Must Be Pop Live

My live music night This Must Be Pop Live will return on March 20th with a line-up featuring some of the most exciting up-and-coming electro-pop talent. Performing will be Queen of Hearts, A*M*E and The Face. Tickets are available for just £3 here (or £5 on the door) and you can read more about the event here.

Future Stars

He may have only released one album so far, but Tinie Tempah already has his own management company and his protegées are being quickly snapped up by major labels. Sasha Keable is his only female act so far. She’s a 17-year-old Brit School alumnus who makes quite bland trip-hoppy soul music, but being young, charismatic, talented and blonde she’s a blank canvas that can be developed into whatever pop decides it needs next. Watch her chatting and modelling for Tinie’s clothing line here.
If you don’t live with small children you’ll probably never have heard of Zendaya, star of Disney TV show Shake It Up, so you may be surprised to discover her debut single has racked up 48 million hits on YouTube! While her songs are the typical forgettable pop pastiches we expect from Disney acts, she’s definitely got pop star potential. All she needs is her See You Again or Naturally to cross over to the mainstream pop market. As she’s only 15 she’s got plenty of time to work her way into the big leagues.
Like Zendaya, Tavi is also 15, but a totally different kind of teen star. Tavi is a fashion blogger who became popular age 13 and has since launched a rather good online magazine-style website Rookie Mag, voiced a character in a new animated movie Cadaver and recorded a Neil Young cover for the soundtrack. There are a few videos of her singing on YouTube and her voice fits her personality – a bit quirky but genuinely weird enough to avoid seeming fake. Watching this recent BBC interview I think she’d make quite an interesting pop star.

Future Hits

This week’s playlist features five collaborations I think will be big hits.Click here to watch


  • Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo – Let’s Go
  • Skrillex ft. Sirah – Bangarang
  • Sub Focus ft. Alice Gold – Out Of The Blue
  • Azealia Banks ft. Lazy Jay – 212
  • Rita Ora ft. Tinie Tempah – R.I.P.
Thanks for reading – I’ll be back next Monday with more Future Pop! In the meantime don’t forget to email and tweet me with your thoughts on the songs and artists above, and any suggestions for next week. Plus it would be great if you could spread the word about Future Pop to anyone you think might enjoy it and encourage them to subscribe.


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