1. 15. Bobby Shmurda: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: April 1, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why He's Hot: Bobby Shmurda took 2014 by storm. His viral hit, "Hot Ni--a," spawned countless Vine videos and memes in which people perform his signature Shmoney dance. The dance craze has…

  2. 14. Madeon: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: May 30, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why He's Hot: After catapulting onto the dance scene in 2011 with his viral "Pop Culture" video and standout remix of Deadmau5 's "Raise Your Weapon," Madeon (real name Hugo…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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 ,…

  17. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 With 'All About That Bass'

    September 10, 2014 1:31 PM EDT The pop newcomer's debut hit dethrones Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' after two weeks on top. It's all about Meghan Trainor on this week's Billboard Hot 100 , as her debut hit "All About That Bass" crowns the tally with a 2-1 climb. The positive-body…

  18. 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…

  19. Memphis Soul Doc ‘Take Me to the River’ Is Giving Back to Musicians in Need

    September 09, 2014 5:09 PM EDT In Take Me to the River , Martin Shore 's documentary about music scenes in and around Memphis since the late 1950s, veteran artists are united in recording studios with singers and rappers two or three generations younger. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at…

  20. Jazz Musician Gerald Wilson Dies at 96

    September 09, 2014 6:27 AM EDT Gerald Wilson , the dynamic jazz musician whose career spanned more than 75 years, has died. He was 96. Wilson's son, Anthony Wilson , said his father died Monday at his Los Angeles home from pneumonia. The big band leader began his career in the 1930s as a trumpeter for Jimmy Lunceford…

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