They’re young, they’re on a white-hot winning streak, and most importantly, they’re just getting started: These are Billboard.com’s “21 Under 21,” selected not only for their tender age but also for their potential to rule the pop culture zeitgeist over the next 12 months.
Whether it’s a country star whose every song lyric demands hours of analysis (Is she singing about Joe, Taylor or Kanye?!), a beloved breakout character on TV’s hottest high school musical, or a newcomer who landed a record deal on the strength of one Lady Gaga cover, expect them all to to keep us watching — and listening — in the year to come. On to the countdown of our picks! VIEW LIST HERE.
No. 8: Demi Lovato
Birthdate: August 20, 1992 (age 18)
Why She’s Hot: Demi Lovato, who got her start on TV as one of Barney’s little friends, has used her roles in Disney Channel ventures like “Sonny with a Chance” and the “Camp Rock” franchise to forge a successful singing career. The 18-year-old Dallas native went all the way to no. 1 with her sophomore disc “Here We Go Again” in 2009. Lovato is currently working on her follow-up disc, touring with her “Camp Rock 2” co-stars the Jonas Brothers, and lighting up red carpets around the globe.
Video Below: Demi chats with Billboard backstage on tour with the Jonas Brothers.