Justin Drew Bieber is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Bieber released his debut EP, My World, in late 2009. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut record to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Bieber released his first full-length studio album, My World 2.0, in 2010. It was preceded by the single “Baby”. Bieber released his second studio album, Under the Mistletoe, in November 2011, when it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Bieber released his third studio album, Believe, in 2012. His fourth studio album Purpose was released in November 2015.
Adele (born 5 May 1988) is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. Her debut album, 19 (2008), released to commercial and critical success; her second album, 21 (2011), sold 30 million copies worldwide and was certified Diamond in the US. After releasing her single “Skyfall” in 2012, she took a three year break. Her newest album, 25, was released in 2015; the lead single, “Hello”, debuted at number one in many countries, and became the first song in the US to sell over one million digital copies within a week of its release.
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer. In late 2010, Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name “The Weeknd”. He released three nine-track mixtapes throughout 2011: House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, which were critically acclaimed. The following year, he released a compilation album Trilogy, thirty tracks consisting of remastered versions of the mixtape material and three additional songs. It was released under Republic Records and his own label XO.
Demetria Devonne “Demi” Lovato (born August 20, 1992) singer, songwriter, actress and model who made her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends. In 2008, Lovato signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records. She released her debut album, Don’t Forget, that September; it debuted at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Her second album, Here We Go Again, was released July 2009 and debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, also certified gold by the RIAA. Its title track became her first single to break the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified platinum.
Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, voice actor and choreographer. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii by a family of musicians, Mars began making music at a young age and performed in various musical venues in his hometown throughout his childhood. He graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a musical career. Mars produced songs for other artists, co-founding the production team The Smeezingtons. http://www.brunomars.com/
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are an American hip hop duo formed in 2008, from Seattle, Washington. The duo is composed of Ben Haggerty, a rapper who goes by the name of Macklemore, and Ryan Lewis, a record producer,DJ, and professional photographer, who met the former at a photo shoot and they have significantly collaborated ever since. In 2009, they released their first collaborative effort, an EP titled VS. EP. They have since followed up with VS. Redux (2010) and the Grammy Award-winning album The Heist (2012).
Ariana Grande is an American singer and actress. She began her career by starring in Broadway’s 13, and then continued acting on Nickelodeon’s Victorious as Cat Valentine. She has since starred in roles on stage, on big and small screens, and has lent her voice to several animation series/movies. Her musical career started with the release of the soundtrack Music from Victorious. She signed with Republic Records and released her debut album Yours Truly in 2013, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Following this, she released My Everything in 2014. This album granted her 34 consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 list. 2015 saw her first world tour and a new single from her upcoming third album.
Jason Joel Desrouleaux, better known by his stage name Jason Derulo (an alternate spelling of his name which shares the same pronunciation), is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. Since the start of his career as a solo recording artist in 2009, Derulo has sold over 50 million singles and has achieved eleven career platinum singles, including “Wiggle”, “Talk Dirty”, “In My Head”, and “Whatcha Say”.
One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) are an English-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015. The group signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records after forming and finishing third in the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor in 2010. Propelled to international success by social media, One Direction’s four albums, Up All Night (2011), Take Me Home (2012), Midnight Memories (2013) and Four (2014) topped charts in most major markets.
Selena Marie Gomez (born July 22, 1992) is an American actress, singer and fashion designer. Born and raised in Grand Prairie, Texas, she starred as Alex Russo in Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place. 2012. She formed her band Selena Gomez & the Scene after signing a recording contract with Hollywood Records in 2008, making three studio albums. In 2013, she debuted a solo studio album, Stars Dance. The project debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. Gomez was released from her recording contract with Hollywood Records in 2014, subsequently signing with Interscope Records to work on her second studio album, Revival in 2015.
Tramar Lacel Dillard (born September 17, 1979), better known by his stage name Flo Rida, is an American rapper from Carol City, Florida. He is perhaps best known for releasing a string of hit singles, such as his 2008 debut “Low”, which was number one for 10 weeks in the United States and broke the record for digital download sales at the time of its release. Further international hit singles include “Right Round”, “Club Can’t Handle Me”, “Good Feeling”, “Wild Ones”, “Whistle” and “I Cry”. He has also been featured on several hit singles, namely “Running Back” by Jessica Mauboy, “Bad Boys” by Alexandra Burke, and “Troublemaker” by Olly Murs.
Pierre David Guetta (born November 7, 1967) is a French DJ, record producer and remixer. He co-founded Gum Productions and released his first album, Just a Little More Love, in 2002. Later, he released Guetta Blaster (2004) and Pop Life (2007). Guetta achieved mainstream success with his 2009 album One Love which included the hit singles “When Love Takes Over”, “Gettin’ Over You”, “Sexy Bitch”, and “Memories”. The 2011 follow-up album, Nothing but the Beat, continued this success, containing the hit singles “Where Them Girls At”, “Little Bad Girl”, “Without You”, “Titanium” and “Turn Me On”.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer and songwriter. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began upon meeting record producer Evan Rogers in late 2003 through mutual friends; she recorded demo tapes with his guidance. Her tape was sent to several record labels, and she subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings. She rose to widespread prominence and became a household name with the release of her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), and its chart-topping lead single “Umbrella.” She has since released five studio albums, four of which are certified platinum by the RIAA.
Maroon 5 is an American rock/pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. They were originally known as Kara’s Flower’s from 1994 until 2001, and released their first studio album, The Fourth World, in 1997. Weak response to the record led the band to part ways with Reprise Records shortly after. In 2001, the band gained a new member and changed their name to Maroon 5. They signed with Octone Records, releasing Songs About Jane in 2002 (which went Platinum in 2004), It Won’t Be Soon Before Long in 2007, Hands All Over in 2010, and Overexposed in 2012. The band then signed to Interscope Records in 2014 and released V afterwards. Maroon 5 has sold more than 20 million albums and 70 million singles worldwide.
Pitbull (born January 15, 1981) is an American rapper. His first recorded mainstream performance was on a solo track from Lil Jon’s 2002 album Kings of Crunk, which featured Pitbull rapping over Jon’s production. In 2004, Pitbull released his debut album titled M.I.A.M.I.. His fourth album, Rebelution (2009), included the hit single “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”, which was his first internationally popular song, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. His 2011 album Planet Pit, featured the single “Give Me Everything”, which was his first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. Pitbull also released “Timber” in October 2013 from his EP Meltdown and was a global hit, making it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Katy Perry (born October 25, 1984), is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager. She released an album in 2001, which was commercially unsuccessful. After the flop, she moved to Los Angeles. Perry rose to fame in 2008 with the release of the singles “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot n Cold” from her second album, One of the Boys. Her third album, Teenage Dream (2010), ventured into disco, and contained 5 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles. Her fourth album, Prism, released in 2013, was influenced by pop and dance. Throughout her career, she has sold 11 million albums and 81 million singles worldwide.
Calvin Harris (born 17 January 1984) is a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, record producer, recording artist and remixer. His debut album, I Created Disco, was released in 2007 and was the precursor to his top-10 singles “Acceptable in the 80s” and “The Girls”. Harris rose to international prominence in 2012 with the release of his third studio album, 18 Months—the album became his first to chart on the Billboard 200 in the US, reaching number 19. He has collaborated with numerous other recording artists, including Kylie Minogue, Florence Welch, Ellie Goulding, Ne-Yo, Gwen Stefani, and Rihanna. Harris topped Forbes ’ list of the world’s highest-paid DJs from 2013 to 2015. He also runs his own record label, Fly Eye Records.
Taylor Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed with the independent label Big Machine Records and became the youngest songwriter ever signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house. The release of Swift’s self-titled debut album in 2006 marked the start of her career as a country music singer. Swift’s second album, Fearless, was released in 2008. Swift’s third and fourth albums, 2010’s Speak Now and 2012’s Red, both sold more than one million copies within the first week of their U.S release. Swift’s fifth album, the pop-focused 1989, was released in 2014 and sold more copies in its opening week than any album in the previous 12 years, making Swift the first and only act to have three albums sell more than one million copies in the opening release week.