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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Charice in Billboard's 21 Under 21 list

This makes me feel good. I was checking out the recent issue of Billboard magazine when I came across this article. 21 Under 21: Music’s Hottest Minors. It comes with a list of 21 young stars described as on a white-hot winning streak. They are the ones that believes we will be watching and listening to in the year to come. Hopefully, lots of years to come because Charice is in the list. And surprise, surprise, also the Wonder Girls of K-Pop.

What I find most remarkable about this is the inclusion of two Asian acts. I remember a time when Asians music artists, were finding it very hard to break into the US hit charts. The Europeans, Beatles, ABBA, etc., Latinos, Julio Iglesias, Menudo, etc., and Africans, Ladysmith Black Mombazzo, Hugh Mesekela, others, were widely accepted. Kyu Sakamoto’s Sukiyaki landing in the Top 10 in May, 1963 was cause for rejoicing. Pink Lady, a female duo from Japan launched a well-funded bid for US stardom in the early 80s but nothing happened. But today we have Charice and the Wonder Girls in a biggies list from Billboard.

I believe that loads of thanks should go out to those responsible for this accomplishment. To Leah Salonga as Miss Saigon for making the world aware that Filipinos are excellent singers; also to all the other Filipino Miss Saigons who came in her wake and all the Pinoys who worked or acted in the musical. Their being there and doing a great job was like telling the world, Hey guys, we know how to do this. We do not live in trees!

To of the Black Eyed Peas. Okay, he is now technically American but I think it’s laudable that he always finds a way to make people aware of his roots in every CD. Remember that Bebot rap? To the band Journey for forgetting how incongruous it looks, having a singer who is unmistakably Asian fronting a band of big white guys. All that they cared about was that Arnel Pineda can sing the Journey songs beautifully; And then to Ellen for finding Charice on the web and then to Oprah for opening the doors to success beyond her wildest dreams or of ours for that matter.

I believe that local artists, old and new, should take note of this new paradigm in success goals. Yes, it is great to be played on Love Radio or to be in Astro’s hit list or to be asked to endorse those great clothes at Bench, but it is now time to think beyond that because such dreams can come true.

Here now is the list of the most successful under 21 music stars.

1. Taylor Swift, 20. Her Fearless was Album of the Year in 2009 and she has another big one coming with Speak Now.

2. Justin Bieber, 16. Baby, baby, baby. Need we say more?

3. Selena Gomez, 18. From Wizards Of Waverly Place to big pop star with the hit album A Year Without Rain.

4. Charice, 18. From loser in an ABS-CBN talent show to success with Oprah, David Foster and in Glee.

5. Soulja Boy Tell’em, 20. Rapper and producer of the big hit Crank That.

6. Nick Jonas, 18. Youngest of the Jonas Brothers. Star of Camp Rock on TV and Les Miserables on London’s West End.

7. Willow Smith, 9. Daughter of Will and Jada Smith. Big hit coming up with Whip My Hair. Sounds like a song for Justin.

8. Demi Lovato, 18. Camp Rock star with hit solo CD, Here We Go Again.

9. Greyson Chance, 13. He was the kid on the internet singing his rearranged version of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi.

10. Miley Cyrus, 17. She is fast growing up but fans will always love her as Hannah Montana.

11. Lex Luger, 19. Hot new R&B producer.

12. Taylor Monsen, 17. Star of Gossip Girl. Fronts her own Pretty Reckless Band.

13. Chris Colfer, 20. The amazing Kurt Hummel of Glee.

14. Miranda Cosgrove, 17. Star of the TV series icarly with the hit album Sparks Fly.

15. Dizzy Simmons, 15. Rapper son of rap music pioneer Reverend Run of Run DMC.

16. Wonder Girls. Koreans Sun, 21; Yenny, 21; Sohee, 18; Yubio, 21; and Hyelin 18. They sing Nobody, nobody but you. K pop has launched its invasion of the US of A.

17. Never Shout Never, 20. Christofer Drew Ingle, guitar pop sensation discovered when he uploaded his works on the web.

18. New Boyz. Ben J, 18 and Legacy, 18 of the big hit You’re A Jerk.

19. Nikki Yanofsky, 16. Canadian jazz pop artist.

20. Cody Simpson, 13. Australian pop idol with Flo Rida in the hit tune iYiYiYi.

21. Sean Kingston, 20. Remember his Beautiful Girl? Eenie Meenie, His duet with Justin is another big hit.



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