Billboard magazine just released their annual list of 21 powerful voices in the music business that are under 21 years of age. These artists are the influencers that are quickly rising toward the mainstream.
Khalid, 19 years old lands at the number 3 spot. His debut album American Teen was released right after he graduated college. He’s also had multiple top 40 hits, plus collaborations with Lorde and Calvin Harris.“There’s a lot of people who will say they look up to me,” Khalid told Billboard, adding that he tries to be a role model by “staying true to being myself, 100 percent.”
The self-proclaimed “King of the Youth” Lil Yachty is only 20 years old and lands at number 4 on the 21 under 21 list. He successfully translated viral renown into music industry success. “Lil Boat” has hit the Hot 100 four times, earned a 2017 Grammy nomination and works teanage crowds into a frenzy.
While 20 year-old Kodak Black was in jail on misdemeanor drug charges his single “Tunnel Vision” reached No. 6 on the Hot 100. His album Painting Pictures, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. “I’ve had to learn some hard lessons,” Black told Billboard. “I don’t know if I’ve handled everything well, but I’m learning from my mistakes.” And isn’t that what longevity in this industry is about? He lands at number 6 on the influencers list.
At just 20 years old Desiigner has already seen huge success with his Hot 100 chart-topper “Panda.” Now the number 10 artists on the Billboard list is prepping new music while working with artists like Gucci Mane and Mura Masa. “Being young makes me feel like I’m growing with my success,” he says. “I have the chance to entertain the youth and inspire their lives.”
Chloe x Halle
Sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey found viral fame after posting a cover of Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts” to YouTube in 2013. Two years later, The 17 and 19 years old sisters from Atlanta pair signed with her Parkwood Entertainment and released its debut EP in 2016. “Younger artists are able to take more risks,” the duo said in a statement. “We are not afraid and tainted by the world.” Expect big things from these talented and beautiful young ladies who land at number 20 on the list.
For the full list of Billboard’s 21 Under 21 go here.