What do we expect from stars in 2018? Do we want head-spinning bangers, full of character and an indefinable swagger? Do we want them to showcase their song writing chops on their own songs as well as knocking out some gold-plated hits for other people? Do we want them to lend their vocal talents to other people's songs to take them from a solid B+ to an all-out
A*? In an ideal world, the answer to all of the above is yes.
Thankfully for the future of pop there's one new superstar-in- waiting that can do all of those things and more. Actually, thinking about it, she's already done all those things. That perfect popstar is RAYE, an 19-year- old South Londoner whose current CV includes two stellar EPs, a monstrous single in the shape of I, U, Us (co-written with Charli XCX), a writing credit on a
future banger (Charli XCX's own After The Afterparty), a collaboration with Nas on the soundtrack to The Birth Of A Nation, features on huge tunes by the likes of Jonas Blue and Jax Jones, and a rib-rattling collaboration with UK rap ballbuster Stefflon Don on an off-the-cuff cover of Desiigner's Timmy Turner (RAYE also co-directed and edited the video). All this from someone who knows she has several absolute smashes up her immaculately designed sleeves (she's also got her own fashion label, don't you know) and supported Jess Glynne on her arena tour. “It sounds stupid but I want to be as big as I can be,” she states. “I want to be massive. I'm just starting so let's go.”