Pop singers are artists who have their music specially made for them, their instruments played for them and their voice to create a stir in the hearts of fanatic followers spread across the world. Pop music was derived from Rock and Roll in the 1950s. Pop borrows elements from jazz, dance and country music. The term pop was coined in the 20s when there was a need for music to have a “popular appeal”. Pop shot to prominence with notable contributors like Michael Jackson, who was termed as the “King of Pop”. Here are the top 10 contemporary pop artists:
10. Avril Lavigne:
Avril Lavigne is a Canadian born pop singer/composer who was born in Bellville, Ontario. She had an early break at the age of 15 when she shared stage-space with Shania Twain. By the time she was 17, she had an album to her name. Her debut album ‘Let Go’ assured her instant stardom as she became the youngest female soloist to go #1 in the UK charts. Lavigne claims to be a “rock chic” who plays the guitars and composes her own stuff. She is one of Canada’s well known faces and has also represented Canada at the closing ceremony of the Torino Olympics, performing her song ‘Who Knows’.
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Robyn Rihanna Fenty popularly known as Rihanna is a pop singer from Barbados. She began her career through her association with producer Evan Rogers whom she met in Barbados in 2003. Rogers later signed her to “Syndicated Rhythm Productions” and recorded her demo tape. The debut album by Rihanna titled “Music of the Sun” came out in 2005 and saw rave reviews all over the United States and Europe. One of Rihanna’s heaviest influences has been Bob Marley. In 2010, she collaborated with rapper Eminem for “Love the Way You Lie” which was a major success everywhere.
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8. Justin Bieber:
This Canadian kid rose to prominence not so long ago when his YouTube videos were spotted by talent manager Scooter Braun. Braun soon arranged a meeting with Usher Raymond and Bieber was signed on RBMG. His debut EP ‘My World’ soon became viral on the internet and it also won platinum in the United States. His song that burst into the scene was “Baby”. He later released his full fledged debut album titled “My World 2.0”. Justin Bieber along with Taylor Swift won top honours at “Teen Choice Awards”.
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7. Enrique Iglesias:
Born to the famous Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, Enrique began his musical career in the 1990s delivering hit after hit. He has been conferred the title of “King of Latin Pop”. This eminent pop singer has sold over a 100 million records worldwide. He also had ten #1 songs on Billboard’ Dance charts, making him the only male artist to achieve the feat. In the late 90s he made a crossover into the English language music market.
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6. Beyonce Knowles:
Beyonce Knowles nee Beyonce Gisele Knowles is an American pop singer and actress. She rose to fame as the lead singer of the group “Destiny’s Child” in the late 1990s. Her debut solo album titled “Dangerously in Love” came out in 2003 and it spawned two #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. It was one of the most successful albums of the year which earned her five Grammy Awards which was a record then. Following Destiny’s Child’s disbandment in 2005 she released her album titled “B’Day” in 2006. Beyonce has been ranked #3 on the ‘100 Greatest Women in Music’ in 2012 by VH1.
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5. Taylor Swift:
Taylor Swift is an American pop singer and songwriter. She released her eponymous debut album in 2006 that established her as a country pop musician. She was nominated for “Best New Artist” at the 2008 Grammy Awards. Her second album “Fearless” was a success with singles like “Love Story” going on to be huge hits worldwide. Fearless won four Grammy Awards and quickly pushed Swift into “swift” stardom.
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4. Britney Spears:
Britney Jean Spears rose to popularity as a child artist performing stage roles and television shows. She was signed with Jive Records in 1997. Britney released her debut album “Baby One More Time” in 1999 which became the best-selling album by a teenage solo artist. She gained mainstream popularity after the release. Spears became the ‘best-selling teenage artist of all time’ and gained the honorific title of “Princess of Pop”.
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3. Justin Timberlake:
Justin Timberlake is an American pop singer and solo artist. He achieved popularity and success with boy band ‘N Sync where he was the youngest member. Timberlake later went solo and released his debut album titled “Justified” which sold over 7 million copies around the world. His success continued with the release of his second album titled “FutureSex/LoveSounds”. Justin has won 6 Grammy Awards and 4 Emmy Awards.
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2. Christina Aguilera:
Aguilera achieved fame following her self-titled album spawning #1 spot of three of her singles. Her lyrical themes include her childhood, woman empowerment etc. Christina’s work has earned her many accolades including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and four Grammy Awards. Apart from that, this pop singer has also won a Latin Grammy Award.
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1. Lady Gaga:
Lady Gaga came to prominence as a pop singer following the release of her debut album “The Fame” which came out in 2008. This album mustered commercial success and chart toppers around the world. The track “Poker Face” spread like moss everywhere. She cites David Bowie and Michael Jackson as two of her major influences. She is recognized for her outlandish dressing sense and the concept behind her music videos. Her achievements include five Grammies and 13 MTV Video Music Awards.
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