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Although his bandmates Dappy and Tulisa both kicked off their solo careers with no.1 hits, the fact that Fazer has always been “the other one” in N-Dubz means there won't be very high expectations for his solo material. However, the N-Dubz fanbase is very strong and Fazer co-wrote and produced most of their music, so I wouldn't be surprised if he does at least have one or two hits. His rumoured debut single Killer definitely sounds like it could do well, as does his version of Sting's song Englishman in New York, which features Ed Drewett on the chorus.
Ren is a female singer who's become the latest mum-friendly success story to come from Radio 2 and Later With Jools Holland. Thanks to her rousing breakthrough single Open Up Your Arms, Ren's debut album Through The Night reached the top 5 in the album chart. Ren is a “throwback artist” like Rumer or Jodie Marie, striving for a genuine retro sound, but is actually only 22 and most of her album tracks were written by people related to The Zutons! She is basically the second attempt at Candie Payne, and so far doing much better.
British/South African singer and musician Adam Bainbridge, aka Kindness, could be the next male alternative-pop star in the vein of Antony and the Johnsons or Rufus Wainwright. His melodic disco-inspired songs and eccentric (or poncy) artist persona have attracted press interest from the Telegraph, MTV and NME, and a video showing him teaching a young boy to play his new single House has quickly spread among music blogs. The first Kindness album, World, You Need a Change of Mind, is out now and on Spotify.
This week's playlist features the follow-ups to some major breakthrough hits, which I predict will do well… but will they be as big as their predecessors?
- Rita Ora – How We Do (Party)
- fun. – Some Nights
- Gotye – Eyes Wide Open
- Alex Clare – Hummingbird
- Alyssa Reid ft. Snoop Dogg – The Game
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