Sheffield-born Frankie Beetlestone has shared his massive new indie-pop bop ‘Popstar’, out now. The track is an explosive statement of intent with Frankie’s infectiously conversational stance and delivers on the promise of his previously self-released tracks, which have quietly established him as a one-to-watch.


On ‘Popstar’, the rising 21 year old singer, songwriter and producer narrates modern society’s apparent desperation for fame, perfectly depicted in the single’s accompanying video directed by Jamie Noise, with creative direction from Frankie himself.

Discussing the single, Frankie says: “Popstar is basically just a song about how everyone wants to be famous these days. I kind of liked the idea of a bunch of people dancing and acting fit to a song that was taking the piss out of them. It probably started out as more of an angry song about the state of things (because I’m a bit of an old soul really), but now I just think it’s funny. It’s also a bit of a joke about myself releasing music. I imagine an old bloke in a pub saying ‘he wants to be a singer? Well that’s just ridiculous’.”

‘Popstar’ is a glimpse into Frankie’s ability to write anthems-in-the-making that take an idiosyncratic, preposterously charismatic view of society, youth, love and the general notion of being alive right now, while always keeping one eye on the future.

The single follows an incredible year so far that has seen Frankie perform at multiple festivals across the UK including Boardmasters, The Great Escape and Tramlines. These shows join an already impressive live history for Frankie, which includes supporting Tom Grennan on his UK arena tour in 2021, in addition to selling out his own headline shows and being shortlisted for Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent contest in 2020.

Frankie continues to prove himself as one of the most exciting new artists to watch in 2023, with his own take on self-produced bedroom pop. Key tastemaker support includes Jack Saunders and Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 and Brook Reese on Apple Music 1, as well as being championed by BBC Introducing Sheffield.

With a sound that is hard to ignore, innovative and genre defying, Frankie Beetlestone is a 21st century popstar in the truest sense of the word.

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