, London’s latest rising pop sensation, has been making waves with her new single “Heartless
,” and now the track has a high energy video to match its super danceable beat. The young chanteuse displays her versatility with dance moves inspired by ’90s underground “voguing” and funky couture outfits — a nice follow-up to last year’s excellent K-pop inspired “Play the Game Boy”
She even drops an accent-heavy rap verse — no doubt Nicki Minaj would approve. With a catchy hook and electronic melodies, “Heartless” has the tools to become a global smash. More »
Another week, another round of Pop Goes the World
, where I travel the globe (from the comfort of my New York office, obviously) to bring you the best tunes that are, well, popping around the world. Down with nationalism! Up with globalization! Whatever.
This week, there’s some fresh Danish electropop, a Greek-Swedish superstar with a rollicking big comeback single, the next Nicki Minaj (maybe), an unexpected downtempo delight from a name you already know, and a Brooklyn pop collective with German roots. All aboard!
A smattering of new female acts clawed their way to the top of the pop ladder in the first half of 2012. Lana Del Rey
effortlessly transitioned from indie-darling to global superstar, a subtle synth-pop anthem proved to be Ellie Goulding
’s ticket to the Top 5 and Carly Rae Jepsen
unleashed the all-conquering bubblegum-pop juggernaut “Call Me Maybe”
. But who is going to follow in their much-hyped footsteps? We attempt to answer that very question by shining a light on 12 ladies, from 9 different countries, who all have one thing in common: the raw talent and ferocious attitude to make the leap from blog sensation to chart force.