Ida LaFontaine – Anthem

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Always at the cutting edge, we have to write about Ida LaFontaine, the latest in a long line of up-and-coming Swedish popstars. The 17-year-old unleashed Anthem last summer and an accompanying video this January, but we all know that it’s better to be late than never so with our tail between our legs we are writing about it now. It’s a massive pop song that you could absolutely imagine being a breakthrough hit across Europe come the summer, just like Icona Pop’s I Love It was, and Ace Wilder’s Busy Doin’ Nothin’ should have been, and like almost anything by Zara Larsson might well be. There are a few other songs on Spotify which don’t quite live up to the expectations created by this, but with buckets of charisma, a new contract with Universal Music Group and as a confirmed friend of One Direction we suspect the hit songwriters will come flooding in.

Tove Lo – Scream My Name

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Tove Lo has had a pretty incredible year, with Habits riding high in charts all over the place – including the UK and US – and now featuring on the Lorde-curated soundtrack-of-the-year The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Of course, it wasn’t that long ago that fellow Swedes Icona Pop were experiencing similar levels of success only to struggle to match it after I Love It, but it’s looking like Tove might manage it. So what of Scream My Name? Fittingly, it’s a song that ponders legacy in typical Tove style: a massive chorus, a defiant attitude and even a little “oh-oh” every now and then that recalls Habits. It’s perfectly matched to the character of Katniss Everdeen and a highlight (amongst many) of the Mockingjay soundtrack.