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Fall music: The next big hits?

Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and more artists radio programmers predict will blow up the charts

As the ”California Gurls” and boys of summer ride off into the radio sunset, the new faces of fall (plus a few familiar ones) get ready to claim their spots. Here, our experts offer their best bets for airwave domination come autumn.

Sharon Dastur, Z100, New York
Neon Trees, ”Animal”
”They really fill that alternative pop-rock sound that radio’s been missing. There’s been nothing of this texture since the Killers’ big hits, and I think they’ll take over that role.”

Rihanna, ”Cheers”
”What I heard blew me away: It’s upbeat, happy party music. I think on her last [album], listeners liked the darker stuff, but they didn’t love it. This is a return to the fun stuff.”

Burnham, ”Catch Me if You Can”
”They’re three teenage brothers, and a lot of people are comparing them to Hanson. Their frontman, Forrest, has so much charisma and personality, which is usually hard to say about a 14-year-old.”

Erik Bradley, B96, Chicago
Far East Movement, ”Like a G6”
”It’s hypnotic and very catchy. It has that big party vibe to it that is always in need on pop radio stations, and I think this one is going to go all the way.”

Bruno Mars, ”Just the Way You Are”
”The very first time I heard it I thought, ‘This is going to hit Grammy-level acceptability and popularity.’ Sometimes you just know it’s a smash.”

Mike Posner, ”Bow Chicka Wow Wow”
”He’s got the swagger of Drake and the appeal of Justin Timberlake — I love it. And Bruno Mars produced it! So far, his is my favorite album of this year, hands down.”

Tommy Chuck, 93.3 FLZ, Tampa/St. Petersburg
Christina Perri, ”Jar of Hearts”
”Literally, she was waiting tables and having a crappy day and she finds out her song is going to be on So You Think You Can Dance. It’s one of those songs that I think is going to be really critically acclaimed.”

Hey Monday, ”I Don’t Wanna Dance”
”I think this is the single that’s going to break them out from that young high school crowd. As good as the songs are, [frontwoman] Cassadee [Pope] is like a Gwen Stefani type, just a total star.”

BC Jean, ”Just a Guy”
”She actually wrote Beyoncé’s ‘If I Were a Boy,’ so you know she’s good. Clive Davis took her on as a personal project, and she’s now recording with Ryan Tedder. I think she has great potential.”