Music’s Hottest Minors Under 21 – They’re young, they’re on a white-hot winning streak, and most importantly, they’re just getting started: These are Billboard.com’s “21 Under 21,” selected not only for their tender age but also for their potential to rule the pop culture zeitgeist over the next 12 months.
Whether it’s a country star whose every song lyric demands hours of analysis (Is she singing about Joe, Taylor or Kanye?!), a beloved breakout character on TV’s hottest high school musical, or a newcomer who landed a record deal on the strength of one Lady Gaga cover, expect them all to to keep us watching — and listening — in the year to come. On to the countdown of our picks!
Charice: No. 4 on Billboard’s List of “21 under 21: Music’s Hottest Minors”
No. 1 Taylor Swift
No. 2 Justin Bieber
No. 3 Selena Gomez
No. 4 Charice
Birthdate: May 10, 1992 (age 18)
Why She’s Hot: Oprah and “Glee”: they’re two of TV’s most powerful zeitgeist-definers, and both have fallen head over heels for Charice Pempengco. Credit the Queen of All Media for plucking the Filipina sensation from obscurity two years ago and introducing her to Celine Dion. The hype finally paid off this spring, when Charice debuted in the Billboard 200 top 10 with her first U.S. album. But its Fox’s high school musical hit, on which she now plays a foreign exchange student with killer pipes to match Rachel Berry’s, where Charice will show millions of Gleeks that she can out-sing the best of them.
Charice performs “Pyramid” at Billboard HQ
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