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6 pop acts who should be huge: Janelle Monae to Natalia Kills

Daniel Sarath
24 August 2012

Singers like Katy Perry pack stadiums across the world, bands like One Direction top charts with every release and names like Justin Bieber's are recognisable on all corners of the globe. However, there are hundreds of equally gifted pop acts whose names don't inspire hysteria and whose songs don't make the radio stations, those yet to have reached the stardom they deserve. But who are these unsung talents who deserve to be huge? Here are six:


Robyn has been an acclaimed member of the pop scene for the last fifteen years with countless album sales and award nominations to her name. But in spite of the Swedish singer's widespread adoration, she has not yet been able to make a leap to international stardom. Why not is a question that baffles critics with her electro-pop songs like 'Dancing On My Own' and 'Be Mine' so irresistible they deserve be topping charts across the globe.

Charli XCX

Since last year, the Hertfordshire born Charli XCX has been teasing the world with her irresistible pop music inspired by a by-gone era of the genre. In November 2011, she released the singles 'Stay Away' and 'Nuclear Season' and earlier this month premiered her debut EP You're The One online. But when her much-anticipated first album drops in October, Charli XCX is sure to become a household name and a force to a be reckoned with.

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons' single 'It's Time' is one of the finest indie pop songs of the year so far, gaining success from its appearance in 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower' movie trailer and reaching number one in Yahoo Music's Top Videos. Their debut album 'Continued Silence' is due to be released this September with production from Grammy winner Alex Da Kid. If it manages to live up to the hype that now surrounds the band, this Las Vegas four-piece will be huge.

Natalia Kills

Natalia Keery-Fisher, aka Natalia Kills, is a woman who has been on the cusp of great success some time. A former actress who appeared in BBC's 'The Archers', the gothic pop singer landed a deal with Will.I.Am's record label when she was just 21 and released her debut album 'Perfectionist' last year. With a new release just announced via the singer's Twitter page following tours with Katy Perry and Kesha, Natalia Kills looks set to finally take the world by storm.


Formed out of the ashes of two of pop rock's most underappreciated bands The Format and Steel Train the NYC band burst onto the scene in 2009 with their debut album 'Aim And Ignite'. With influences from Queen to Dexy's Midnight Runners, Fun boasted an accessible yet distinctive sound that made them an underground hit. With their newest single 'We Are Young' reaching number one in the UK music charts and a tremendous sophomore album 'Some Nights' now in stores, they are no longer going to be pop's best kept secret though; soon they'll be filling stadiums worldwide.

Janelle Monae

There have been few pop albums in the last few years better than Janelle Monae's 'The ArchAndroid'. An ambitious and imaginative 70 minute epic, the American R&B singer's debut managed to weave a kaleidoscope of genres into one euphoric sound reminiscent of Michael Jackson at his prime. Two years later, the genius of her songwriting has still yet to be realized by the masses. Nonetheless, with not one but two albums planned for release in the coming months, Janelle Monae is surely destined to become the biggest star on the planet very soon.

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