by Ari Stein in Video on Tuesday 1 April 2008

You heard it here first. Singer-songwriter Julian Perretta might just become the most exciting new artist of 2008. The 19 year old just signed a five album deal with Columbia/Sony. He has two fantastic mid-70s styled pop sounding demo songs — Wonder Why and Like I Do — on his MySpace page and he will enter the pop stratosphere at a million miles an hour. Echoing Mika, The Feeling, Scissor Sisters and Squeeze, Perretta’s music features beautiful harmonies, luscious layered melodies and massive choruses. The album won’t be out until much later in the year, but he will be one of those artists that you either get very sick of fast or totally revel in.