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How to spot the next pop megastar

How to spot the next big thing

A new BBC Four series reveals the secrets to music success

Think you know musical talent when you see it? This new documentary series tells you how to become a mega-successful pop manager

Hits, Hype & Hustle: An Insider’s Guide To The Music Business, Fridays from 19 January, 9pm, BBC Four/HD (CH 107/163). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer

Looking for a career change? How does being the manager of a globally successful pop star sound? If unearthing the next Beyoncé sounds like the sort of thing you’d be good at, you should definitely tune in to Hits, Hype & Hustle: An Insider’s Guide To The Music Business, new to BBC Four.


In this unmissable three-part documentary series, veteran super agent Emma Banks (who’s previously worked with the likes of Katy Perry, Kanye West and Red Hot Chili Peppers) will take viewers on an access-all-areas journey to find out how they can discover, polish and unleash the next platinum-selling pop phenomenon on the world.

But identifying these diamonds in the rough (or local karaoke bar) is only a small part of being a modern musical mastermind. Whether it’s putting together a world tour or possessing super-smooth diplomatic skills in order to reunite a band, this new series will give you all the tools you’ll ever need if you want to be a behind-the-scenes success in the industry.

And with expert insights from legendary music executive Clive Davis, Motown icon Martha Reeves, former Spice Girl Mel C, Jay-Z's former manager Damon Dash (above), Blur bassist/cheese enthusiast Alex James and more, we think it’s best watched with a pen and paper at the ready. Just don’t forget who told you about it when you make your first million, OK?


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