1. 13. Cody Simpson: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Jan. 11, 1997 (Age: 17) Last Year's Rank: 9 Why He's Hot: This is Simpson 's fourth consecutive year on Billboard's 21 Under 21 list, and it doesn't seem like he's disappearing anytime soon. The Scooter Braun client followed up…

  2. 12. Meghan Trainor: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:44 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Dec. 22, 1993 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why She's Hot: People speak of "surprise hits" all too glibly these days, but Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" is truly a left-field success story. Who would have…

  3. 11. Luis Coronel: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Feb. 3, 1996 (Age: 18) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why He's Hot:   Luis Coronel hadn't even finished high school before he was trending on social media and showing up on the Billboard charts in 2013. One year later, the regional Mexican singer with…

  4. 10. Chief Keef: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Aug. 15, 1995 (Age: 19) Last Year's Rank: 12 Why He's Hot: After Kanye West remixed his single "I Don't Like" in 2012, many wondered if Chief Keef was a one-hit wonder. But the Chicago rapper (real name Keith Cozart) has proved his…

  5. 9. Becky G: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: March 2, 1997 (Age: 17) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why She's Hot: Becky G (real name Rebbeca Marie Gomez) is on a serious roll. The L.A.-born singer, rapper, actress and CoverGirl model has continued to build momentum since her Dr. Luke-produced debut…

  6. 8. Shawn Mendes: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:37 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Aug. 8, 1998 (Age: 16) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why He’s Hot: Who would have thought two years ago that the social app Vine would be responsible for finding young music talent? That’s exactly what is happening, as Shawn Mendes ' rocketing career…

  7. 7. Earl Sweatshirt: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Feb. 24, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: 5 Why He's Hot: As Odd Future 's irreverent empire keeps humming along, so does the career of Earl Sweatshirt . Even as the promo cycle for 2013's Doris wound down, Earl managed to stay in the…

  8. 6. Austin Mahone: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:33 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: April 4, 1996 (Age: 18) Last Year's Rank: 7 Why He's Hot: Austin Mahone , the heir presumptive to the teen-pop throne Justin Bieber seems all too eager to abdicate, continued to ascend this year. As his signing to Young Money Cash Money…

  9. 5. Fifth Harmony: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Allyson Brooke Hernandez, July 7, 1993 (Age: 21); Normani Kordei Hamilton, May 31, 1996 (Age: 18); Lauren Michelle Jauregui, June 27, 1996 (Age: 18); Karla Camila Cabello, March 3, 1997 (Age: 17); Dinah Jane Hansen, June 22, 1997 (Age: 17) Last Year's…

  10. 4. Martin Garrix: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: May 14, 1996 (Age: 18) Last Year’s Rank: 17 Why He’s Hot: It’s difficult to overstate the impact of Martin Garrix ’s 2013 breakout hit “Animals,” which hit No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the U.K. singles chart . The dynamic production quickly…

  11. 3. Justin Bieber: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 11:58 AM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: March 1, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year’s Rank: No. 2 Why He's Hot: And so we arrive at Justin Bieber ’s final year on our 21 Under 21 list with a whimper and not a bang: the pop phenom has slipped a spot in each of his past two years, after last crowning the…

  12. 2. 5 Seconds of Summer: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 11:56 AM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Michael Clifford: November 20, 1995 (Age: 18); Luke Hemmings: July 16, 1996 (Age: 18); Calum Hood: January 25, 1996 (Age: 18); Ashton Irwin: July 7, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year’s Rank: N/A Why They’re Hot: Some would say the boys of 5 Seconds of Summer are hot…

  13. 1. Lorde: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 10, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: November 7, 1996 (Age: 17) Last Year’s Rank: No. 6 Why She’s Hot: We knew who Lorde was this time last year, thanks primarily to “Royals,” the undeniable debut single that took this unknown New Zealand teen to the top of the Hot 100 chart in 2013. But since…

  14. 17. Troye Sivan: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 10, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: June 5, 1995 (Age: 19) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why He's Hot: You might recognize rising Australian/South African star Troye Sivan from YouTube, where his channel has over 2.7 million subscribers, or from the movies, where he played a young Wolverine…

  15. Exclusive: The Band Perry to Play High School Concerts to Promote Safe Teen Driving

    August 01, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Winners of State Farm's Celebrate My Drive campaign will be treated to Band Perry shows. The Band Perry will be touring all fall in support of 2013's Pioneer , both on their own headlining dates and as part of Blake Shelton 's Ten Times Crazier Tour. But the country trio will…

  16. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  17. Jamie Lynn Spears, Florida Georgia Line Crack Hits at City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

    June 08, 2014 9:54 AM EDT Team Opry edges Team iHeart with 13-11 victory at the 24th annual match during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Chase Rice, Scotty McCreery, Jana Kramer and Bobby Bones also hit the field Chase Rice is currently making waves these days with his current EP Ready Set Roll, but should he…

  18. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:00 PM EDT As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming from Music Row seem to be more plugged into the…

  19. 'American Idol' Turns 500 as Top 3 Battle

    May 15, 2014 9:57 AM EDT With just one week to go before the finale, the top three "American Idol" finalists went for broke in the race to be the final two on Wednesday night. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time Harry Connick Jr. Talks 'American Idol' Return and Season 13's Top…

  20. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

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