Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Music

Forbes has just announced a list of the 30 under 30 music stars who are the most influential young personalities in the industry. Unsurprisingly, the list includes Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Justin Bieber while Adele and One Direction

are representing the Brits.

Here we provide you a list of some of the most notorious young personalities.

Adele (24)

She is from Britain and she has a big voice. Adele recently did the theme song to the James Bond movie “Skyfall”. Her album 21 has now sold more than 23 million copies worldwide.

Justin Bieber(18)

He is from Canada and he recently released his 3rd album and also launched a world tour kicking of his way to earning over $55million this year, this also earned him a FORBES Magazine spot in June.

Avicii (23)

He is from Sweden and has a Grammy nomination. Avicii charges a six figure fee for live shows,which has given him FORBES inaugural top earning DJs list.

Benny Blanco (24)

He is a producer and songwriter on smash hit singles like Maroon 5 ft Whiz Kahlifs song “Payphone” and on Rihanna’s hit current hit song “Diamonds,”.

Delta Rae (23-29)

This group was founded by 3 siblings and 3 of their friends back in 2010. Their debut album, Carry the Fire, was released on June 19, 2012..


He is a former Degrassi star and he earned $20million last year. Drake is known for his great live shows. He has endorsements with brands the likes of Kodak and Sprite.

Daniel Elk(29)

The Swedish founder and chief executive of Spotify is one of the most important men in music.

Lady Gaga (26)

Though the controversial Gaga has not been making major headlines of late, she still continues to drive in cash from touring, music sales and her new fragrance called “Fame”.

Skylar Grey (26)

She’s a singer and a songwriter who wrote Rihanna and Eminem’s song “Love The Way You Lie,” hook. The song earned 5 Grammy nominations.

Calvin Carris (28)

He’s a successful Scottish DJ who has now moved into the pop world with major hits like his hit collaboration with Rihanna “We Found Love,”.

Ke$ha (25)

Ke$ha is the hard partying embodiment of the under 30’s generation. Her Smash hit single “Die Young” has shot the star to the top.

Kendrick Lamar (25)

He is Dr. Dre’s latest protege. Lamar has shot to fame with the release of the album by the name “Good Kid… MAADD City”. The album debuted with sales amounting to 242,000 in the 1st week

Frank Ocean (25)

He earned 6 Grammy nominations this year which has made him a highly successful hip-hop artist.

One Direction (18-21)

Simon Cowell founder of X Factor told the all boy band that they would go only one direction, and that’s up. His prediction was true. With their first album (Up All Night) One Direction became the first British group in US chart history to enter at number one with their debut album.

Katy Perry (28)

Katy Perry has joined Michael Jackson to be the only music artist to have 5 Number 1 singles all from one same album.

Rihanna (24)

The Barbadian star is currently one of the most famous stars in the world. Her many pop hits have led her into endorsements from brands like Nivea and Armani.

Taylor Swift (23)

Her album “Red” sold 1.2million units 1st week, best debut that is, since 2002. She also earns big cash from endorsements like of Cover Girl and she grosses over $1M from her shows.


Skrillex is an American electronic musician and singer-songwriter. He is the DJ who brought dub-step style of music into the mainstream. Currently he earns six-figures for his live performances and also makes music for major movies like the movie “Wreck It Ralph”.

Given the popularity, fame and influence the above mentioned stars have in the world, it is appropriate to say that they are and will continue to impact the world positively with their roles in the music industry and we will definitely see more and greater works from these superstars in the future.

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