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Anatomy of a pop song

We sit down with some of pop’s leading musicologists to figure out what makes a hit record in 2017.

Featured artist: Joel Compass

Writer-producer Joel Compass must’ve graced a dozen Ones to Watch lists already, as tastemakers queue up to tip his songwriting skills and pop prowess. But it’s not all empty hype – the 21-year-old Londoner has already proved his merit through his own solo work (top pick being last autumn’s Run featuring Pusha T) plus work with artists including Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts, John Legend and Rita Ora.

Playlist: Wireless festival

This week we're celebrating the Wireless festival, which returns today for a three day musical extravaganza at London's Olympic Park. Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Miguel, Wretch 32, Emeli Sande, Daley, Nas, Frank Ocean and dozens more acts from the UK and around the globe will descend on east London for a weekend of music and mayhem. You'll hear classics from Nas and A Tribe Called Quest, alongside solid tunes from Katy B, Mikill Pane, Rita Ora, Earth, Wind & Fire, Devlin, Roses Gabor, Mausi and more...

Shazam predicts BRIT winners

Ahead of the BRIT Awards tomorrow, Shazam announces its predictions of the artists and songs likely to take home awards.