7 Reasons John Newman’s Gonna Blow Up In 2014

Here's why John Newman, whose debut album Tribute just came out, is going to be HUGE in 2014.

Get ready to love John Newman again and again and again and again…

So, we know that we JUST dropped our 2014 pop music predictions, but there’s one MAYJAH addendum we’ve absolutely got to make. If you’re not yet familiar with John Newman, U.K.-based soul-pop crooner extraordinaire, ummm… FIX THAT. You’re gonna be seeing a whole lot of him in the coming 12 months.

Although the British have been crazy buzzing on our dude for months now, 23-year-old John’s only just starting to make waves on this side of the Atlantic.

This past week has seen both the American release of his first studio album, Tribute, and his debut televised performance in the U.S. on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — but that’s only the beginning. Here are seven more reasons why John Newman is poised for HUGE success by the time 2015 strikes.

1.) CHART POP

John’s debut studio album, Tribute, topped Billboard’s U.K. Albums Chart following its October release, and it even spawned the No. 1 overseas single, “Love Me Again.” By the looks of the LP’s first-day sales on Jan. 7 (which boyfriend helpfully Instagrammed), Tribute’s about to do the same domestically.

Here's why John Newman, whose debut album Tribute just came out, is going to be HUGE in 2014.

2.) I MEAN, LISTEN TO HIM

Can’t believe we made it this far without mentioning THAT VOICE yet! John popped by MTV HQ on Wednesday for a mini-set consisting of “Cheating,” “Out Of My Head,” and “Love Me Again.” Somehow, those powerfully raw vocals are even more incredible live. So passionate! So intense!

Here's why John Newman, whose debut album Tribute just came out, is going to be HUGE in 2014.

BUT SRSLY. THAT INTENSITY THO. GUH.

Here's why John Newman, whose debut album Tribute just came out, is going to be HUGE in 2014.

3.) #JUSTLIKEUS

In addition to being super talented, Mr. Newman’s really down-to-earth, too! We grabbed him for a sec to propose to him talk about his stellar success — which, believe it or not, has left him just as stunned as you or I would be!

Not only that, but John says that when he was performing on “Late Night,” he was intimidated to perform in front of Questlove and The Roots. CUTE.

Here's why John Newman, whose debut album Tribute just came out, is going to be HUGE in 2014.

4.) ELECTRIC SLIDE, WHO?

Moving past the voice, you’ve gotta see Johnny boy’s feet in action. He’s got these very dynamic, Janelle Monáe-meets-Michael Jackson onstage moves that we peasants could only duplicate if our shoes were made of butter. Mmmmm, butter shoooooes…

Here's why John Newman, whose debut album Tribute just came out, is going to be HUGE in 2014.

You kinda need to see him in action. Check out the Bee Gees-assisted moves John busted to celebrate his 2014 Brit Awards nominations for British Male Solo Artist and British Single.

5.) CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Oh, and that swirly lock of blond hair? Remember what that did for One Direction’s Zayn Malik? Whatever, #ConspiracyTheory, but we’re pretty sure it’s some kind of Samson-y pop music talisman.

Here's why John Newman, whose debut album Tribute just came out, is going to be HUGE in 2014.

6.) PRECIOUS MOMENTS FOR YEARS TO COME

Besides, we 100 percent want to put him in our pocket. We’re preeeeeetty sure that after talent, stage presence, charisma, and style, a star’s “pocket-putting factor” is the next most accurate predictor of his or her success.

Here's why John Newman, whose debut album Tribute just came out, is going to be HUGE in 2014.

7.) DIVERSIFICATION

Besides, John’s at least moderately skilled at table tennis, so just in case that’s 2014′s equivalent of twerking, buddy boy is SET.

Here's why John Newman, whose debut album Tribute just came out, is going to be HUGE in 2014.

+ Watch John Newman perform “Love Me Again” on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” and check out the videos for “Love Me Again,” and “Cheating.”

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