MTV's Top-10 Rising Stars
Today 'we’re talking about one of the fundamental questions that preoccupy music fans – who will be the stars of tomorrow? Now that Michael Jackson has passed away, who is going to take his crown as the King of Pop? Well, we’re going to do our best to give you some answers, and find the hottest new talent of 2009 with our Top-10 Rising Stars…
10: Ke$ha – Tik Tok
You might have already seen her rapping with Flo Rida in ‘Right Round’, but Ke$ha’s doing just fine by herself these days. From appearing in Katy Perry’s video ‘I Kissed A Girl’, to backing vocal spots with Paris Hilton and Britney Spears; Ke$ha’s been a busy girl, and things aren’t slowing down anytime soon! For a taste of things to come, check out what she calls a documentary of a day in her life… her first single ’Tik Tok’!
9: White Lies – To Lose My Life
“We’ve had the most successful year of our career,” said the White Lies a year ago. And that was before 2009 clocked over – when they got really huge. Hailing from West London , White Lies were top of the play lists on radio stations everywhere – and loved by a growing army of fans, who made a beeline for their concerts. Now it’s time to enjoy White Lies music – and don’t worry if it makes you a little depressed, it’s meant to!
8: Little Boots – New In Town
The BBC called her “the most promising act for 2009”, and she’s not disappointed us. Little Boots, or the 25 year old Victoria Hesket from Lancashire in England , was already hot property on the web, but with the release of her debut album ‘Hands’, she's got everyone's attention.
7: The Veronicas – Untouched
When The Veronicas first hit the scene in 2005, you could be forgiven for thinking they were two innocent holier-than-thou brunette twins, especially as matching red lipstick was about as risqué as it got for the duo. But a couple of years, some chart success, and a US tour with the intensely popular Jonas Brothers have seen the twins find new fame, with 'Untouched' flying into the U.S charts. Yep, the Brissy twins have morphed into full scaled sex kittens and we’re loving every minute. Hook yourself up with the V-rons now…
6: Hockey – Too Fake
Hockey announced their arrival with a bang thanks to album ‘Mind Chaos’, which was brimming with bright and shiny indie-rock and voila’ the press welcomed them as one of the best groups of the year; in fact the biggest breath of fresh air in 2009.
5: Metro Station - Shake It
Trace and Mason from Metro Station aren’t just any old teenagers. Trace Cyrus is the brother of Miley alias Hannah Montana, and Mason is the brother of Mitchel Musso who plays Oliver in the same Disney series. The two couldn’t be more different. Trace likes piercing, tattoos and rock clubs, while Mason likes to be in his bedroom writing songs. While it’s difficult to imagine them getting along, get along they do, so much so that the showbiz doors are wide open to them, and everyone agrees the best is yet to come.
4: Daniel Merriweather – Change
Aussie born Daniel Merriweather, who started making music when he was four years old, was frying chickens for KFC when he began writing songs in earnest. Then a plot twist arrived in perfect Hollywood style - his demos captured Mark Ronson’s attention who instantly fell in love with his voice. Years later and it’s 2009, and with it comes the album ‘Love and War’ that’s bringing him worldwide recognition.
3: Pixie Lott – Mama Do
Often we spend our lives shaking off nicknames, but there’s one 18-year-old who’s so fond of hers that she’s even used it as her stage name. Step forward Pixie Lott!
In 2009, her debut album ‘Turn it Up’ appeared with its advice on how to slip out of the house unnoticed in the middle of the night to meet a boy, broken hearts, shattered dreams, not to mention objects that fly out of the window. Combine this with the skills of top-notch producers and writers and you have the recipe for international success. Keep ‘em coming Pixie!
2: La Roux – In For The Kill
Growing up, androgynous newcomer Elly Jackson naturally gravitated to electronica, and musical experiments at college parties just cemented her passion. She just needed someone to work with. Step forward producer Ben Langmaid. It was love at first sight for Elly – not with Ben, but with his synthesizer! Polydor quickly snapped them up, and a few months later, ‘Bulletproof’ grabbed the number one spot. La Roux has arrived!
1: Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me
You’ve just finished high school with a head full of dreams - the biggest of which is music. If this sounds like you, but you’ve already sold millions of records, then there’s a good chance your name is Taylor Swift. Her record breaking self titled album that went straight to number one, a role in 2009’s most controversial moment (thanks Kanye) and a love affair with a Twilight hottie; Taylor’s fairy tale 2009 has certainly had a happy ending.