Whose tunes will be filling the Top 40 during the coming year? If Billboard is right, it’ll be a bunch of pretty young things. The magazine just released their “21 Under 21: Music’s Hottest Minors,” list, and it’s a mishmash of radio staples (Sean Kingston), fresh faces (Willow Smith) and a few we’ve never even heard of (Never Shout Never).
Country sweetheart Taylor Swift, 20, took the top spot on the list, with 16-year-old Justin Bieber hot on her heels at No. 2. With Bieber Fever sweeping the nation, we’re a bit surprised JBiebs didn’t claim No. 1. Though, we guess it’s good to leave a little room for growth, right? Keep reading after the jump to see whose ranking surprised us the most!
Coming in at No. 4 (she beat out Miley!) is “Glee” newcomer Charice Pempengco, 18. Charice just started her run as Sunshine Corazon on the FOX series, but she’s been singing her little heart out for a while. She was featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” two years ago, and her career has been full speed ahead ever since, especially with the success of her first album, Charice.
Gleeks definitely have a lot to look forward to this season with Charice guest-starring, but she isn’t the only “Glee” star on the list: Chris Colfer, 20, placed at No. 13.
To see the entire list of young artists, including Taylor Momsen, Miranda Cosgrove and Nick Jonas, check out Billboard.com.