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10 Hottest New Music Acts in 2009

December 29, 2009 09:36:46 GMT

Those who make the list are ranging from Canadian rapper Drake to YouTube singing sensations Susan Boyle to openly-gay singer Adam Lambert to 15-year-old Justin Bieber.


10 Hottest New Music Acts in 2009
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This year, many new faces are trying their luck in the game and competing with their seniors. Coming from places all over the U.S. and across the pond, some of them have to swallow bitterly as they failed to get their break, but several others succeeded in cracking Billboard charts and becoming one of those sought-after music talents.

Those newbies who have debuted either their single or album from January to December have been selected by AceShowbiz for its 10 Hottest New Music Acts list. Chosen based on their impressive achievements throughout the year 2009, they are expected to continue shining next year.

Drake


Canadian rapper Drake

Drake is dubbed as one of the promising artists this year. In the July record of Billboard Hot 100, his American debut single "Best I Ever Had" climbed to No. 3, and Young Money's song "Every Girl" in which he lends his vocal reached No. 10. Those achievements placed him alongside Nelly Furtado as an artist to have his first two singles charting at Top 10 in the same week. By the end of August moreover, "Best I Ever Had" had passed 1 million mark in digital download and a month later, "So Far Gone" the mini album in which it appears peaked at No. 6 on Hot 200. The track also earned him two nominations at 2010 Grammy Awards.

On top of those all, he was named Rookie of the Year at BET Hip-Hop Awards in October and a few months back, he hit the road with Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy and Young Jeezy in a sold-out tour dubbed "Young Money Presents: America's Most Wanted Music Festival". In the future, music lovers will hear more of him as he will drop a full-length album "Thank Me Later" which is promised to bring in collaboration with Jay-Z, The-Dream and many more. With such impressive music resume, he certainly could end up having a hit song or two from the album.

Alexandra Burke


2008 'The X-Factor' winner

Announced as the 2008 winner of "The X Factor, Alexandra Burke has broken U.K. record since her first debut single "Hallelujah". Despite the fact that the song is a cover version, her "Hallelujah" has raked more than 888,000 copies in the first week of January 2009 and became the fastest-selling single ever by a female artist across Europe. Her first major-label studio album "Overcome" which was outed in the United Kingdom in October entered at No. 1 on the U.K. Albums chart and debuted at No. 7 on Billboard Eurochart Hot 200, selling 20,000 copies after one week of release in the country.

Its lead single "Bad Boys" which features rapper Flo Rida also experienced success. It peaked at the first position on the U.K. Singles chart and reached No. 4 on the Eurochart Hot 100. "Overcome" will be released in U.S. in 2010. The production credit which lines up some hottest music talents RedOne, Stargate, Ne-Yo and Jim Jonsin becomes the guarantee that this album could reach at least the Top 10 of Billboard Hot 200.

Kid Cudi


Kanye West's protege

Developing his music career under the assistance of rap mogul Kanye West, Kid Cudi claimed his fame even before being signed to Kanye's label. One of the singles from his "A Kid Named Cudi" mixtape, "Day 'N' Nite" peaked at number 3 on Billboard Hot 100 and ruled U.K. Dance Tracks chart. Along with "Make Her Say", the song gave Cudi a total of 3 Grammy nominations. "Day 'N' Nite" was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song, while "Make Her Say" which features Kanye and Common is up for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.

Furthermore, his first album "Man on the Moon: The End of Day" rose to No. 4 on Billboard Hot 200 and peaked at the Top 5 on two other Billboard charts; R&B and Rap Albums. As for next project, he is going to release a compilation set called "Cudder" which sees him crossing genres. Desiring the likes of Green Day and Kings of Leon among others as collaborators, he will blend his Hip-Hop roots with rock music. With the vision of pushing the envelope, he surely has the prospect to be the next big thing in music industry.

Justin Bieber


YouTube singing sensation Justin Bieber

15-year-old cutie-pie Justin Bieber has what it takes to be the next American sweetheart. He made a big break even before he released an album. His performances on a local singing competition, during which he "wasn't taking it too seriously" but managed to finish at the second place, garnered millions of views on YouTube. His handsome look and melodic voice have made female fans screaming in every event where he performs. In such a young age also, he has broken record as the only artist in Billboard history who has four singles from a debut album charting in the Top 40 of the Hot 100 before the album's release.

His singles "One Time", "One Less Lonely Girl", "Love Me" and "Favorite Girl" cracked Top 15 of Canadian Singles chart and reached Top 40 of Billboard Hot 100. On November 25, he scored the biggest release of the year for a new artist in U.S. when his first album "My World" entered Billboard Hot 200 at No. 6 with 137,000 copies. By the end of 2009, the Justin hysteria is yet to die down. An acoustic version of "One Time" received more than 25 pages of positive reviews from downloaders only after one day of release. And, there is a chance that he will crack the chart once again when he releases an acoustic album in 2010 as his fans have urged him to record unplugged versions of all "My World" songs.

Jeremih


'Birthday Sex' hitmaker

Jeremih has a natural music talent as he developed an astonishing vocal ability although having no professional mentor who taught him how to sing and write songs. He rose to stardom in less than 1 year after sealing a deal with Island Def Jam. His debut single "Birthday Sex" climbed to No. 4 on Billboard Hot 100. In May, it topped Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, forcing Jamie Foxx's "Blame It" to end its more-than-10-week reign on the chart.

Unlike many of his fellow performers who preferred to drop their school, Jeremih who left the University of Illinois' engineering science program decided to return to Columbia College and finished his study with an excellent academic record. And for that back-to-school message, he was chosen as a spokesperson for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to campaign children to return to school. He was also recruited by Lil Wayne as one of the acts in sold-out tour "Young Money Presents: America's Most Wanted Music Festival" alongside Drake, Soulja Boy and Young Jeezy. Moreover, he got a nomination for Best R&B/Soul Act at 2009 MOBO Awards. Brain combined with talent will be his weapons to continue rising next year.

Nick Jonas and The Administration


Nick Jonas' side project

Nick Jonas and The Administration is Nick Jonas' side project outside the Jonas Brothers. The band are comprised of acclaimed music producer John Fields on bass, drummer Michael Bland who once played for Prince, the current member of Prince's backing band New Power Generation Tommy Barbarella, and guitarist David Ryan Harris.

They made their first debut at the 2010 Grammy Nominations Concert on December 2, performing their first single "Who I Am". With those experienced musicians in the line-up, it will not be a surprise if they could crack the chart when their debut album "Who I Am" which is going to arrive across United States on February 2, 2010.

Jay Sean


United Kingdom's answer to Ne-Yo

Before cracking Billboard Hot 100 in 2009, the so-called "U.K.'s answer to Ne-Yo" has conquered music industry in his country, scoring Platinum certifications and receiving several nominations for his singles and albums since 2004. His impressive achievements caught the attention of Lil Wayne who then signed him to Cash Money in 2008. With the help from Weezy who lends his vocal on the hook of his American debut single "Down", he scored his first chart-topping single and pushed aside Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" which previously ruled Hot 100 for 26 consecutive weeks.

Thus, he was named the first Asian-origin solo artist to achieve a No. 1 single in the United States. Despite the fact that his first U.S. album "All or Nothing" could only reach No. 37 on Hot 200, "Down" becomes one of the top five most searched songs of 2009 on the Internet. Next year, he may continue invading and making headlines on the web with his new music. His recent announcement of taking a temporary hiatus in 2010 only makes fans curious whether it is one of his strategies to focus more on making new music and come up with something out-of-the-box without being disturbed with concerts and TV appearances he has been doing in the last five years.

Susan Boyle


'Britain's Got Talent' alum

Reluctantly stepping out of her comfort zone and taking the risk of singing in front of an audience larger than her parish church during "Britain's Got Talent" audition in 2008, Susan Boyle dragged more than 10 millions people to YouTube only to watch her performance. She may only finish second at the reality show, but she couldn't be happier when in November her debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" ruled U.K. Albums chart, selling more than 410,000 copies across the country and becoming the fastest-selling album of 2009.

The Susan hysteria extends to the United States. Despite the arrival of Adam Lambert, Rihanna, Alicia Keys and other releases from established artists, her album topped Billboard Hot 200 for four weeks in a row, pulling in a total of 2,465,000 copies and becoming the second-best selling album this year behind Taylor Swift's "Fearless" which has scanned more than 2,933,000 to date. The opening number of 701,000 copies gives the album the best-opening week in the country and the best sale frame on the chart since AC/DC's "Black Ice" debuted with 784,000 in October 2008. Also, Susan is named female solo artist with the highest sale debut, topping over the previous record which was held by Ashanti. In the coming weeks, she is still projected to garner impressive selling number in the U.S. and across the pond.

Asher Roth


'I Love College' rapper

Asher Roth claimed his fame through single "I Love College" which peaked at No. 14 on Billboard Hot 100 and sold over one-million downloads in the United States in only twelve weeks of release. His debut album "Asleep in the Bread Aisle" moreover climbed to No. 5 on Hot 200 and topped the iTunes Albums chart. The effort collected an average selling number from its 7 weeks of physical sale only because it was under-shipped and thus didn't reach as many stores as initially planned. "We also don't really want to over ship, especially in this economy. We're all right, we'll get it out there. People will get the CD," Asher said in defense concerning the matter.

With those achievements, he was often compared to one of the several best-selling artists of all time, Eminem. Although honored with the comparison addressed to him, he insisted that they are different. "That Eminem comparison is barely accurate / My rapping is as passionate, but lacks the psychopath of it," he rapped during an interview when quizzed about that matter. Thus, he is an answer to people in U.S. who sometime can't take The Slim Shady's offensive words lightly. And, 2010 will be the time Asher proves his statement.

Adam Lambert


Runner-up of 'American Idol' season 8

Adam Lambert has become talk of the town since participating on "American Idol" season 8. Having a signature powerful voice, the singer who always applies fingernail polish and eye make-up on every occasion has won music lovers' heart. His debut album "For Your Entertainment" bowed at No. 3 on Billboard Hot 200 with 198,000 copies, sitting several steps above the Idol winner Kris Allen's self-titled effort which could only peaked at No. 11. Not only deemed as one of the talented singers, he also becomes one of the most controversial artists this year. He shocked the world as he made a sexually-charged performance at the 2009 American Music Awards.

Post the jaw-dropping performance, he repeatedly said he didn't mean to upset people and thus didn't owe any apology. In assurance, he vowed to focus back on the music. Being cornered by several people following the AMAs controversy, he stands up for what he believes in saying, "I'm still gonna be me. Always. W/o apologies." Many of his fans also stay true to him. As new year is just around the corner, a song "Whataya Want From Me" is expected to be rolled out for purchase. With such strong fanbase, he could crack the chart with the catchy tune.

© AceShowbiz.com




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posted by BLOCK ENTERTAINMENT on Feb 08, 2010
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posted by Tosha75 on Jan 13, 2010
I have to say, as a mother to a 12-year-old, I approve of Justin Bieber's music, videos and his overall attitude. It's refreshing to see someone who's a positive influence over our kids and who is so grounded. He includes his friends in his videos and vacations with them. He is dedicated to his fans, which some artists neglect after they become famous. A very talented young man who will definitely stick around for some time to come I'm sure!
posted by peggy on Jan 06, 2010
i am ready for Lamberts tour and I love his album and bought a few for Christmas presents....Congradulations to everyone, even tho' adam is my pick of entertainers.....Justin is just a little man but he will grow...
posted by ML on Jan 05, 2010
Well thought out list! Congrats to all these deserving artists. Like Jay Sean, Drake and Lambert (Lambert's CD by the way, is excellent, worth the purchase!). Hope these artists continue to rise in 2010.
posted by DMARTIN82 on Jan 05, 2010
ADAM'S ALBUM IS EXCELLENT ! HE IS SOOOO TALENTED. AND NOT BAD TO LOOK AT EITHER.
posted by toni on Jan 05, 2010
Congrats to everyone esp to Adam Lambert!!!!Way to go Adam
posted by babyj on Jan 04, 2010
yeaaaaa!!! gooo drake!!! hez the best!!! if he keepz it up hez gunnah become the best rapper of all time!!!
posted by Marking Histoy on Jan 03, 2010
Justin Bieber's got a great voice but he steals the thunder of the guys lookin for dates! :P
posted by stacey on Jan 03, 2010
to jay sean we love u from australia xxxxjay seanxxxxx
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posted by jay sean lover on Jan 03, 2010
jay sean is just sensational, all the girls either love him or justin beiber
posted by emily on Jan 03, 2010
jay sean is simply the best. he is sooooo hot and all his songs are dope. love hime soo much. Team Jay Sean!!!
posted by jessica on Jan 03, 2010
omg jay sean is just amazing. He deserves all the success that he is going to get in the future. I have met him before (the best moment ever) and he is a down to earth and extremely hot man. Go Jay Woop! Woop!
posted by no name on Jan 03, 2010
hey justin bieber it is true that you are really a gay..?? because many people said that you are a gay.
posted by sue on Jan 02, 2010
Go Adam! We love you in Canada too.
posted by Sam Braun on Dec 31, 2009
I like my cousins scooters work
posted by bieberfrvr on Dec 31, 2009
Justin Bieber : Hottest Guy Ever !! =p~~~~~~~~
posted by jasondirtobe on Dec 30, 2009
i want to give a big shout out to lil wayne you brought great music to the hip hop world peace
posted by Cookie on Dec 30, 2009
I LOVE Justin Bieber!! LOVE ME is his BEST song!
posted by @FC_JJ BRASIL on Dec 30, 2009
JUSTIN BIEBER *-*
posted by Laura on Dec 30, 2009
nick jonas AND THE ADMINSTRATION!
posted by Curry sauce on Dec 30, 2009
Jeremih had an amazin year aswell
posted by luiza on Dec 30, 2009
JUSTIN BIEBER forever & A-L-W-A-Y-S-! :)
posted by Shandra on Dec 30, 2009
Great list! Lots of talent. Especially Adam Lambert and Drake. Looking forward to more from both of them.
posted by TW on Dec 30, 2009
Adam Lambert rocks my world! I know a lot of younger fans that love him, but I'm old and I love him too! He is the best entertainer to come along since Elvis! He might even be better than Elvis!
posted by AngelHeart on Dec 30, 2009
Rock on Adam! L_O_V_E Y_O_U!
posted by Ali_San on Dec 30, 2009
Great year for new Artists. Looking forward to seeing how all their careers go, especially Adam. I love him. He has the best voice I've ever heard, anywhere, anytime.
posted by RickR on Dec 30, 2009
Good group. Can't wait to see what Adam Lambert will do next. That guy can really sing.
posted by Starlight on Dec 30, 2009
Nice to see such a diverse group..something for everyone. For me, it Adam Lambert. He is #1.
posted by Randi on Dec 30, 2009
I Love You Adam! No one has more talent than you. Your voice is perfection.
posted by vickiefromca on Dec 30, 2009
Go Adam! So happy and proud. Have followed him from day 1. His Star will rise higher and higher as the years go on. The difference with Adam is that he has an uncomparable voice and talent.Congrats to everyone else on the list too!
posted by Lynnie on Dec 30, 2009
Congrats to all the artists this year. This has really been a year for music. Can't wait to see what 2010 has in store for all of them (especially Nick Jonas and Drake...)
posted by courtangelney on Dec 29, 2009
Im so happy 4 JUSTIN BIEBER he really deserves it and he is so hott n has a really good voice.ILY JB <3
posted by ILYJUSTINBIEBER4EVER on Dec 29, 2009
Its obvious that Justin would make it, he is like top 3 pop stars of North America, love you justin xoxo
posted by Brie on Dec 29, 2009
Go Adam, you're the best!
posted by kate on Dec 29, 2009
congrats to scooter, justin, & asher. but you just wait 2010 isnt ready for justin bieber. he has so much talent its unbelievable
posted by Elle on Dec 29, 2009
Person with the most potential is by far Justin Bieber. Hes a young kid, with masses of talent.
posted by Chris on Dec 29, 2009
Can't wait to hear from Nick Jonas and the Amdinistration. What a talented group of musicians. Hope they are given a chance to show what they can do.
posted by Kim N. on Dec 29, 2009
i like asher roth, but i LOVE JUSTIN DREW BIEBER<3
posted by @BieberluvVa on Dec 29, 2009
CONGRATS TO Scooter, JUSTIN , ASHER, and Usher. Ha! Their boys made what people thought the impossible, POSSIBLE! I gotta give it to Justin...2009 was his breakout year-and BOY did he BREAKOUT...watch out 2010!!!! Scooter...what can i say ur the best manager in thw WORLD!
posted by @chachaano on Dec 29, 2009
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH JUSTIN BIEBER! MUAH ILY
posted by Emma <3 on Dec 29, 2009
Justin has made 2 the top!!! he is fanominal but he's 2 humble 2 know it. haha! I think I speak 4 everyone when I say that we will love and support him 4 all eternity! and a BIG thank u 2 Scooter Braun 4 finding Justin's talent! congrats 2 both :)
posted by Ajlaishere on Dec 29, 2009
Justin bieber..where do i start?!? Hes te answer to everyboys prars.he melts everyones heart nd that baby face nd that smile well its y the girls like him so much<3 ilyjustinbieber
posted by justinbieberrr! on Dec 29, 2009
omg justin has the most amazing talent! he is the biggest person right now. justin is ammmaaazzzinnngg! i love you and sooo happy for u! <3
posted by Karen on Dec 29, 2009
Where are the editors these days. The grammar and punctuation in this article sound like a 12-year-old wrote it.
posted by YourMomsAss on Dec 29, 2009
Nick Jonas & The Admin. Hell yeah.
posted by Julie on Dec 29, 2009
Well done Adam!!!! I've been rooting for you since Day 1 and am sooooooooo happy to see you have found success. Keep the music flowing!!! You are freaking AMAZING!!! Also a fan of Subo but in a different way, her voice is so angelic!
posted by iluvjbiebs on Dec 29, 2009
I LOVE JUSTIN BIEBER <3 <3<3 cant wait to meet u in march
posted by Drake\'s fan on Dec 29, 2009
i love u drizzy......all the best
posted by hannahbieber on Dec 29, 2009
yayy Justin Bieber <3 loved him since i saw his first youtube vid way back in 2007
posted by Kate on Dec 29, 2009
Adam rocks that tuxedo! Adam is like no other singer around! His voice is amazing.
posted by nanaofliu on Dec 29, 2009
so proud of ADAM lambert
posted by nanaofliu on Dec 29, 2009
so proud of ADAM.
posted by @GBheartsbieber on Dec 29, 2009
First of all i am from the uk and there are 3 brits in the list !!! but i must say i am most happy for justin bieber !!!
posted by Biebersgirlx on Dec 29, 2009
JUSTIN BIEBER IS AMAZING AND IS THE BEST ARTIST OF ALL TIME ESPECIALLY AFTER WHAT HAPPENED AT WEMBLEY I WAS THERE HE JUST CARRIED ON.. :) he's amazing
posted by annie d on Dec 29, 2009
im really HAPPY for justin. justin you are AMAZING thank you for make the last 2 years amazing... we all no you can do it . xoxox
posted by Lani on Dec 29, 2009
I LOVE JUSTIN BIEBERRRR!!! <3 <3 <3 XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO :)
posted by melissa on Dec 29, 2009
scooter braun is a beast!!! so happy for justin and asher. you guys rock
posted by Justin Bieber on Dec 29, 2009
hottest guy ever
posted by Karen on Dec 29, 2009
Congrats to everyone here on this list!! Well done! Go Adam....you go get 'em, Tiger! Love your voice....love your style....just love ya!!! xo
posted by Twisted Sister on Dec 29, 2009
One thing is for sure. 2010 will bring music for all different taste in music and that's a good thing and also will bring great collaborations. I can't wait for a Lambert tour (His album is one of the best I've listen to in years)and Cudi's compilation. I also like Drake and Alexandra.

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