1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  10. 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…

  11. Lights Single Premiere: Listen to ‘Running With the Boys’

    September 09, 2014 10:55 AM EDT The Canadian star explains why her latest single is one of her favorite tracks on her new album. Lights , the 27-year-old electro-pop artist, is readying her third studio album, Little Machines , for a Sept. 23 release on Warner Bros. Records, and is following the buoyant lead single…

  12. Joan Rivers' Death: Music Stars React

    September 04, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Following the news that Joan Rivers died on Thursday (Sept. 4), musicians took to Twitter to express their sadness and share some of their favorite memories. Duran Duran posted a video of an interview they did on The Late Show With Joan Rivers in 1987. Anna Kendrick joked, "Being…

  13. NFL Players Talk Music: What's On Their Pre-Game Playlists?

    September 04, 2014 5:00 PM EDT A brand new NFL season kicks off tonight, as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the Super Bowl-contending Green Bay Packers in a nationally-televised game. There will be plenty of live music in and around Seattle’s CenturyLink Field -- Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden…

  14. Pop Shop Podcast: Martin Kierszenbaum Talks New Madonna, Summer's Winners & Losers, Ariana Grande Hits No. 1 & More

    September 04, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  15. Exclusive: Diego Boneta Signs to Sony Music U.S. Latin

    September 04, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Diego Boneta may soon be known as the Latin Jared Leto : After making a name for himself in TV and film, Boneta has inked a recording deal with Sony Music U.S. Latin. The Mexican heartthrob is a rising star who has become somewhat of a fixture on U.S. TV with roles in MTV's Underemployed…

  16. Maya Angelou's Work Mixed With Hip-Hop for Album

    September 03, 2014 6:56 PM EDT Maya Angelou 's iconic words and lyrics will blend with hip-hop beats for a new album called Caged Bird Songs . Shawn Rivera , the lead singer of R&B group Az Yet , and RoccStarr , who co-wrote Chris Brown 's "Fine China," produced the 13-song set, to be released…

  17. 'Pitch Perfect 2,' 'Book of Mormon' Star Ben Platt on Cabaret, Magic and Meryl Streep

    September 02, 2014 12:21 AM EDT Ben Platt is not your average twentysomething — well, twenty-year-old. He hasn’t even added a "something" yet, and he already has a more robust resume than those many "somethings" his senior. While his contemporaries are off at college, playing beer pong and pledging…

  18. Pop Shop Podcast: Taylor Swift Hits No. 1, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda,' Wiz Khalifa & More

    August 28, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  19. Chuck Berry, Peter Sellars Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    August 27, 2014 3:19 AM EDT Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer  Chuck Berry  and opera director Peter Sellars have been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize during a ceremony Tuesday in Stockholm.  The organizing committee praised the 88-year-old Berry for his contribution to rock, noting “every riff and solo played by rock…

  20. Neil & Pegi Young Getting Divorced After 36 Years

    August 26, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Sad news from the Neil Young camp: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has filed for divorce from Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years. The Youngs were frequent musical collaborators throughout their marriage. They have often toured together over the years and even performed together during the 1994…

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