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On The Rise: Leland

11th August 2017 | Pop Stop

On The Rise: Leland

Pop Stop is W!ZARD Radio Media’s pop brand. We track thousands of emerging pop artists and use data to track their future growth. Then we play their music on-air (Fridays, 3pm BST) and write about them right here to introduce you to your next favourite artist.

SPRING. BLOW-UP. PILLOW-TOP. (drop top). MEMORY FOAM.

These are all types of mattresses. But no matter how good a night’s sleep your Duluxe may give you, none of them are as good as the new song, ‘Mattress’.

Introducing: Leland


Brett McLaughlin (who will now forever be known as Leland - because we don’t know him personally) is behind some of the greatest modern pop songs. Where do we start?

Like ‘Fetish’ by Selena Gomez? He wrote that. Wondering who’s behind the grammatically incorrect ‘Why’ by Sabrina Carpenter? Yep, he’s the reason there’s no “?” in that title when it’s blatantly a question.

That’s not even to mention…

Hide Away’ by Daya, pretty much every good song on Troye Sivan’s ‘Blue Neighbourhood’*, ‘More Than You Know’ by Troye Troye and Martin Garrix… to name a few.

*every song on that album is good, so that was an incorrect statement. In particular, Leland is credited for: Talk Me Down, Youth, Suburbia, Lost Boy and ‘for him.’


Leland has released some original music in the past (2015’s ‘Full Time’ and ‘Aware’) but none quite like ‘Mattress’.

The all-out pop banger is well over 1M streams on Spotify is about letting yourself let that person you love go… losing your chances. As Brett SORRY Leland sings, ‘Why do I always do this to myself, I let you go with someone else, When all I want’s my body on your

(wait for it)

On The Rise: Ghosted

29th July 2017 | Pop Stop

On The Rise: Ghosted

Pop Stop is W!ZARD Radio Media’s pop brand. We track thousands of emerging pop artists and use data to track their future growth. Then we play their music on-air (Fridays, 3pm BST) and write about them right here to introduce you to your next favourite artist.

The world of pop music is filled with underlying references to sex – just read the lyrics to Little Mix’s “Power” if you need some erm…. education. But every summer there is one song which tackles the topic directly.

Last year it was NEIKED’s ‘Sexual’ and this year it’s Ghosted and their track ‘Get Some’.

Imagine if Julia Michaels was three men, or Calvin Harris was three men, or DJ Khaled was three British men.

Introducing: Ghosted.


The three men are responsible for some of the biggest tracks in pop history including Emeli Sande’s ‘Read All About It (Pt. III)’, G-Eazy’s ‘Me, Myself & I’ and music from Little Mix, Years & Years, Maroon 5, Sigma and more.

They are responsible for 5 UK #1 singles, 11 UK Top 10 singles and over a billion streams on Spotify.

And now they’re taking to the road to try it for themselves!

Their debut track, ‘Get Some’ features vocalist Kamille and is sure to be a summer hit. It’s essentially about someone and their… desire to… have a great time!


Lyrics include:

When you call, when you call, when you call and I’m… Maury*” *a great reference to the TV host

All my friends getting cake and I ain’t found nobody

and

Guess I ain’t the loving kind, I just wanna get some” What exactly she wants to get is up to all of our little imaginations…

It’s…

On The Rise: PRETTYMUCH

21st July 2017 | Pop Stop

On The Rise: PRETTYMUCH

Pop Stop is W!ZARD Radio Media’s pop brand. We track thousands of emerging pop artists and use data to track their future growth. Then we play their music on-air (Fridays, 3pm BST) and write about them right here to introduce you to your next favourite artist.

In 2017, the direction of pop music often seems to start with the letter ‘R’ and end with the letter ‘B’ (if you didn’t get that, we were referring to R&B). The direction of massive pop producers such as Calvin Harris says a lot about where music is coming.

Introducing: PRETTYMUCH


Imagine if One Direction were made in 2017 – 5 boys, all kind of good looking, none of them play instruments… that is who PRETTYMUCH are.

Oh, and it helps that they’re signed to the same label as Harry and the Gang (*epic fan tension*) were – Simon Cowell’s Syco Music.

The American group are Simon’s latest project to help fill that gap in his heart which is used to being filled by the sounds of Harry’s high notes and Niall’s tender Irish accent. The only difference being that, as much as you loved One Direction (and trust us – WE LOVED THEM), PRETTYMUCH are pretty much cooler.


The band made up of Brandon Arreaga, Nick Mara, Zion Kuwonu, Austin Porter and Edwin Honoret have released their debut single ‘Would You Mind’ today (with a notable exception of the obligatory question mark after what is obviously a question).

The track reminds us of N*SYNC (well, we weren’t alive when they were popular, but still a bit of a Throwback Thursday) and is a love song about whether a girl would mind if they, you guessed it, made out.

At least there’s…