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Melanie Martinez

The New Pioneers: Melanie Martinez on Transcending 'The Voice' and Pop's Conventions

Melanie Martinez has always felt like an outsider. "I was picked on when I was younger for being super ­emotional," says the 21-year-old singer-­songwriter, who grew up on New York's Long Island. "I didn't have a lot of friends." Today, though, she can claim a cult of teen admirers as a rare Voice success story who finally broke through when she embraced her not-fit-for-network-TV surrealist-pop impulses.
Ian Connor

Ian Connor Talks Working With Kanye West & Wiz's #CoolPants

Ian Connor is likely younger than you, and definitely cooler than you. Though only twenty-two years old, Connor is already the head consultant for Kanye West’s creative team where he decides, based on his own signature style, what clothing is cool and what's not. With his bleach blonde dreads, Pollock-esque smattering of tattoos, and cigarette-smoking snarl, Connor oozes the kind of confidence that comes with being young, hot, and cosigned by some of the biggest artists in the game.