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August 15, 2014

Hot Music Artists You Should Know About

With the deluge of information that bombards us every time we turn on the TV, check our Facebook newsfeeds, or even turn on the radio, it is easy to miss top current pop culture news that everyone else but you seems to know about. We weeded through the information about pop music stars to bring you the DL on hot, current artists that you need to know about now. These artists are not only remarkably talented but are also self-made artists, which makes their rise to fame even more popular.

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Top hits: Fancy, Black Widow, Problem with Ariana Grande

Iggy Trivia: The Beatles and Iggy Azalea are the only two acts whose first two hits simultaneously held spots #1 and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. Way to go, Iggy!

Born in Australia, Iggy Azalea lived with her parents in a home that her father built out of mud bricks. Knowing that she wanted to pursue a career in hip hop music at the age of 14, Iggy saved money to move to America by cleaning houses and hotels with her mother, a housecleaner by trade. Iggy Azalea made her way to Miami, Florida at the ripe young age of 16 to follow her dream of becoming a rap music artist. She obtained her GED and managed to stay in the US with a visa, which she renewed by leaving the United States every three years. After Izzy received some fame on YouTube, the rapper T.I. recognized Izzy’s talent and signed her to his record company. Not only talented and incredibly resourceful but also beautiful, Izzy became the face of Levi Jeans as her professional modeling career continued to take off. Iggy subsequently broke several records in the rap music industry, from becoming the first female rapper to be featured on the Top 10 Freshman list to taking the spot for the female with the longest standing #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Lorde

Can you believe that Lorde is only 17 years old?

Can you believe that Lorde is only 17 years old?

Top hits: Royals, Tennis Court, Team

Lorde trivia: Only 17 years old, Lorde has already won several awards, including the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance and the 2014 Grammy Award for Song of the Year

Born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, Lorde discovered her love for singing when she was only 5. Raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Lorde’s music successes came early on. After Lorde won a school vocal competition, her father, recognizing his daughter’s amazing talent, sent recordings of Lorde’s singing to influentials in the music industry. The 13-year-old eventually caught the eye of Universal Music Group, who took her under their wing and provided regular music lessons for the young future star. Lorde broke into the US Billboard Top 100 list, making her the youngest artist to make the list in the past 25 years.

Now you know what you need to know to stay in the loop. Which artist do you think will continue to be generate top hits? Do you think that one of these artists will fade out in a couple years?

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Hannah S.
Hannah S.
Hannah hails from San Diego and brings a lifelong love of reading and writing to the magazine world.