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Telford music student chased by big labels as songs rack up 270m listens on TikTok

A music student is being tipped for super stardom after attracting the interest of top record labels and seeing his music featured in the Billboard charts.

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Casper in the music studios at Telford College

Kacper Badke – known as Casper – is in the first year of level three music production at Telford College’s Haybridge campus, but his work has already attracted interest from some of the world’s biggest music studios.

The 16-year-old has racked up as many as 270 million listens in a single a week on the social media app TikTok, and has begun discussions with Warner, Sony and the Universal labels.

He is also being managed by the sons of legendary composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

One of Casper’s latest compositions, Yasashi, has been used by some of the world’s biggest brands including Ferrari, the NBA, ESPN, BMW, and Formula One. It has also been picked up by TikTok megastar Khaby Lame.

His music has already climbed as high as 33 on the Billboard charts, and reached number 17 on the viral charts.

“I was brought up in a family where music was always around,” said Casper, who is English-born with a Polish background and has lived in Telford for the past seven years.

“My dad does guitar, drums and piano, and mum would be on vocals; they were a little band, and brought me into it.