He started his career in Hawaii at age four as one of the youngest Elvis Presley impersonators ever. Years later, after graduating high school, he moved to California, where he became one-half of the hit songwriting team the Smeezingtons, who wrote hits for Flo Rida, Travie McCoy and Cee-Lo Green. As a solo artist, he’s released two albums, and had four #1 singles on his own, in addition to two as a featured vocalist (B.o.B.’s “Nothin’ On You,” Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”). He’s performed twice at the Super Bowl Halftime show.
She blew us away with “The Way” in 2013, and hasn’t slowed down much in the years since, using her incredible vocal skills to climb the charts; at one point in 2014, she had three songs in the Top 10 at one time. Of her three albums, two have topped the charts. She’s a threat as a solo singer, but also as a collaborator; she’s scored hits on collabs with Zedd (“Break Free”) The Weeknd (“Love Me Harder”) and Nicki Minaj and Jessie J (“Bang Bang”).
By the time he released his debut album, One Track Mind, earlier this year, Puth was already a pretty huge star, thanks to his smash hit collaboration with Wiz Khalifa from the summer of ’15, “See You Again.” An ace collaborator, he’s also hat hits with “Marvin Gaye” with Meghan Trainor and “We Don’t Talk Anymore” with Selena Gomez. Of course, he can hold his own by himself; “One Call Away” is all Charlie on his own.
A few weeks back, G-Eazy faced probably the biggest audience of his career when he performed with Britney Spears on her comeback single, “Make Me” at the MTV Video Music Awards. But he’s been in the game for quite a while; he started working as a producer while he was a student at Loyola University of New Orleans. He’s put out several albums and mix tapes since then; last year’s When It’s Dark Out, featuring “Me, Myself and I” has been his breakout.
Right out of the gate, she declared that she was “no stick figure silicon Barbie doll,” and told everyone that “every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.” That’s a powerful message coming from any artist, and a gutsy one coming from someone who was brand new at the time. “All About That Bass,” of course, was a chart topper, and has been followed by a fleet of other hits, including “Lips Are Movin’ ,” “No,” “Me Too” and her John Legend duet “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.”
Led by superstar singer/producer Ryan Tedder, One Republic have quietly racked up a bunch of hits over the years, including “Counting Stars,” “Good Life,” and, of course, “Apologize.” Their brand new album, Oh My My, promises to add to that. The album features the lead single, “Wherever I Go,” as well as “Kids,” and a collaboration with Peter Gabriel, “A.I.”
He went from Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide, and the party hasn’t stopped since. Once he got his foot in the music business door, via a track on Lil’ Jon’s 2002 album Kings of Crunk, he hasn’t let up, and has regularly released albums starting with 2004’s M.I.A.M.I. up through his latest Climate Change, which features the hits “Greenlight,” “Freedom” and “Messin’ Around.”