Inside the Issue: #771

Inside the Issue: #771

January 6th, 2016 3:30:PM EST

Welcome to our annual Hot List edition, the complete zeitgeist guide of everything from emerging music genres to soon-to-be-massive stars. Of which, there's our cover-story interview with Troye Sivan. We check in with the rising 20-year-old pop sensation as he attempts to translate his staggering online fame to chart success.

Editor-in-chief Matt Coyte:

"Sivan's music is altogether more sophisticated than the output of many of his pop peers. It's more akin to the music of, say, Flume or Flight Facilities than Ed Sheeran or One Direction, and here lies the conundrum. How do you create a live experience that appeals to both swooning kids and discerning clubbers?"

We also countdown the best albums, singles, movies and more from 2015, head into the studio with Elton John, Santigold and Sia as they finish up their latest albums, find out what song makes The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne cry, talk to a revamped Bloc Party and swallow a few hard truths courtesy of scientist David Suzuki.

We also profile the return of David Bowie, ahead of his highly-anticipated new album, Blackstar, out on Friday, January 8th. Read our review of Blackstar.

Issue #771 (February, 2016) is available now via the usual outlets, as well as in our online store. Digital snapshot preview below:

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