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On The Rise: Lauv

6th October 2017 | Pop Stop

On The Rise: Lauv

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.

He’s got one of the most divisive names in pop history (probably not, but also probably) but is producing tracks so perfect that if a pop song was a house, he’s the builder (but a very very good builder, who never gets paint on the door handles or light switches).

Introducing: Lauv


How do you pronounce it? Some people think it’s “Love”, others “Loorv”, but we are under good authority that it’s “LOWV”.

Whilst working with other artists, Lauv (whose real name is Ari Leff, FYI) has developed quite the positive reputation. He’s behind songs such as the oddly addictive ‘Boys’ by Charli XCX and ‘No Promises’ by Cheat Codes & Demi Lovato (previous features Loote were also a part of that).

Those are massive pop credits, so it only makes sense for Ari AKA Lauv to make the move to full-on artist mode.


Lauv’s debut single (2015’s ‘The Other’) was universally well received. Clocking over 112M streams on Spotify, it led him to touring around the world and cultivating a tightly loyal fanbase. Follow up single, ‘Reforget’ had a similar amount of finger snapping, but less streams (15M).

Leaving 2015 behind us – in 2016 he released more tracks such as ‘Question’ featuring Travis Mills (more of an R&B vibe) but things have really started to kick off this year (2017 – in case you’re reading this in the future) with: ‘I Like Me Better


With over 183M streams…

Discover New Music with Meagan: LovelyTheBand

4th October 2017 | Music

Each week on her radio show, Meagan introduces her listeners to a new band she’s really into right now. And then she writes it up and pops it online. Here is that write up for this week.

As a lover of alternative music, LovelyTheBand sticks out to me due to their witty personalities and their music that stands for so much, such as depression, anxiety, complicated relationships and late-night chats with friends that always turn deep.

Mitchy Collins, Jordan Greenwald and Kota Theodosis shine light on their own personal struggles and are letting the world know that it’s okay to bot be normal. As someone who relates to them, it’s amazing know that we aren’t alone!

Their most recent song, ’broken’ tells the story of a girl who feels like the world is against her and the group can relate to her, like so many of us can too. That’s what I like about this song so much, being weird seems to be completely acceptable within this song and I truly believe we need more bands like this!

Being normal just seems so boring these days.


Follow them on Twitter and Instagram and follow along as these three boys try to make abnormal the new trend.

Listen to Meagan's show each week, live exclusively on W!ZARD Radio Station on Sundays from 6pm (UK) or on W!ZARD Repeats, here.

On The Rise: Billie Eilish

28th September 2017 | Pop Stop

On The Rise: Billie Eilish

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.

When it comes to pop music, a little bit of “attitude” is important – after all, how are we meant to be able to ‘strut our stuff in the club’ (that’s a commonly used phrase, right?) with that bit of teenage angst to go with it?

Well, here’s an artist with plenty of attitude + a ton of incredible song writing + an amazing voice + everything that you need to be an incredible pop star.

Introducing: Billie Eilish


The LA native (who’s middle name is ‘Pirate’ – just for some fun facts) is making serious impressions with her music at the moment, with most of the attention coming from her creative lyrics and incredible, silky voice (that phrase is a bit gross, is it not?).

She’s also 15 years old, so that’s quite cool.

Billie Eilish’s debut single was ‘Ocean Eyes’ which was released on SoundCloud in 2016 and quickly went viral. The song, essentially about getting dumped, includes the lyrics: “I’ve been walking through, A world gone blind, Can’t stop thinking of your diamond mind”.


What has followed is a barrage of love – and, increasingly, a barrage of step ladders with a shot of Billie sitting under a step ladder being used as the artwork for debut EP, ‘don’t smile at me’ (yes, all in lower case).

The EP is truly amazing – with songs such as ‘COPYCAT’ (about someone copying you – containing the lyrics, “You got your…