Greyson Chance, "Hold On 'Til the Night"

When Greyson Chance tells the object of his affection, "I wanna be holding your hand in the sand by the tire swing," you can bet he's not speaking figuratively. This 13-year-old Oklahoma youngster rocket ed to instant stardom in 2010 after a video capturing his talent-show rendition of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" went viral. To date it has racked up more than 40 million views on YouTube, many of those thanks to the endorsement of Ellen DeGeneres, who featured Chance on her talk show and signed him to her new Geffen imprint. One year (and countless media appearances) later, Chance still exudes a reliably fresh-faced vibe: Although it contains input from any number of established record-biz veterans--Ron Fair, the Matrix, former New Radicals member Danielle Brisebois--Chance's debut emphasizes his appealingly androgynous vocals in songs that move from pumped-up power balladry ("Hold On 'Til the Night") to minor-key electro ("Heart Like Stone") to earnest, Fray-style pop-rock ("Waiting Outside the Lines"). Word to Greyson: Hold on to 13 as long as you can.

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