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Former Canadian Idol star Carly Rae Jepsen caught the attention of Justin Bieber earlier this year and was quickly signed to he and Scooter Braun's US record label Schoolboy Records. The singer-songwriter has since gone on to top the charts in several countries, including the Vodafone Big Top 40 here in the UK, with her worldwide smash single 'Call Me Maybe'.
Arguably one of the biggest stars on the planet right now thanks to the success of his new single 'Boyfriend', 18 year-old Justin was discovered by Scooter Braun and Usher back at the tender age of only 13, after gaining a cult following on YouTube thanks to his popular cover videos. Justin burst onto the pop scene back in 2009 with his debut single 'One Time' and has gone on to release hit after hit, teaming up with stars including Ludacris and Chris Brown, and currently has almost 20 million followers on Twitter.
Conor kicked off his pop career way back in 2008 at the tender age of 15 when he started gaining massive hits for his YouTube cover videos, and the now 19 year-old Brighton-born singer more recently won MTV's Brand New for 2012. Conor is set to release his debut single 'Can't Say No' later this month, which has already racked up almost four million views on YouTube, and has been working with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Ne-Yo on his hotly anticipated debut studio album.
The minute Cher auditioned for The X Factor back in 2010 audiences knew the 16 year-old singer/rapper had something special to offer. Cher eventually finishing in fourth place on the ITV1 show but has gone on to achieve huge success with her 2011 debut album 'Sticks + Stones', which spawned hit singles like 'Swagger Jagger', 'With Ur Love' and the Astro-featuring 'Want U Back'. The 19 year-old singer has even been signed up to a US record deal by The X Factor USA judge L.A Reid and is currently working on tracks for her second studio album.
From his early teen years Dappy performed around London alongside cousin Tulisa Contostavlos and best friend Fazer as the hip-hop trio that would eventually be called N-Dubz. The group released their debut album 'Uncle B' back in 2008 and went on to score a string of huge hits in the UK until their recently announced hiatus. Dappy has gone on to release two hugely successful singles in 'No Regrets' and the Brian May collaboration 'Rockstar' and will launch his highly anticipated solo debut later this year.
Rising star Rita Ora was quietly signed by Jay-Z to the '99 Problems' rapper's Roc Nation label back in 2009 and turned heads earlier this year when she featured on DJ Fresh's Vodafone Big Top 40 smash hit 'Hot Right Now'. The 21 year-old singer-songwriter has since teamed up with Tinie Tempah for her debut UK single 'R.I.P.' and her upcoming first album is widely expected to boast collaborations with the likes of Drake and will.i.am.
One year ago people were only just starting to hear about the then 20 year-old singer songwriter Ed Sheeran and now he is one of the biggest stars in the country with two BRIT Awards to his name already. Ed scored massive success with his 2011 debut album '+', topping the Vodafone Big Top 40 with his first single 'The A Team', and has gone on to continue his chart success with singles like 'Lego House', 'You Need Me, I Don't Need You' and 'Drunk'.
23 year-old singer Timothy McKenzie, better known by the name Labrinth, first rose to fame back in 2010 when he produced, co-wrote and sang on Tinie Tempah's breakthrough hit 'Pass Out'. After also featuring on Tinie's next hit 'Frisky', Labrinth went on to become the first non-reality show signing by Simon Cowell's Syco label in over six years. The popular producer has now scored chart success on his own with his newly released debut album 'Electronic Earth' and hits like 'Last Time', 'Let The Sun Shine' and nightclub favourite 'Earthquake'.
In just two short years Tinie Tempah has become a household name and emerged as one of the hottest UK artists in years. After signing with Parlophone, Tinie went on to top the UK charts with his debut single 'Pass Out', with his album 'Disc-Overy' spawning a massive seven hit singles. With two BRIT Awards, a MOBO Award and a Mercury Prize nomination under his belt already, Tinie is in demand by everyone from Kelly Rowland to Emeli Sande.
Five-piece girl band The Saturdays formed back in 2007 and immediately turned heads with their 2008 debut album 'Chasing The Lights' and singles like 'If This Is Love', 'Up' and 'Issues'. Band members Frankie Sandford and Rochelle Wiseman were no strangers to fame having previously been members of the teen pop group S Club 8 up until 2005, and the five girls have gone on to achieve two further successful albums and have had twelve successful singles to date.
Brit School graduates Jordan Rizzle Stephens and Harvey Alexander-Sule formed hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks back in 2008 and burst onto the pop scene last year with their breakthrough single 'Down With The Trumpets'. The boys gained further attention when they featured on Olly Murs' summer 2011 hit 'Heart Skips A Beat' and scored huge success on the Vodafone Big Top 40 at the end of the year with their Fatboy Slim produced hit 'Mama Do the Hump'.
The youngest artist on our list by a mile, 11 year-old Willow Smith caught everyone by surprise with her undeniably catchy pop debut 'Whip My Hair' in 2010. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith's daughter has gone on to collaborate with US rapper Nicki Minaj on her recent hit 'Fireball' and is set to launch debut album 'Knees And Elbows' later this year.
Pop three-piece Courtney Rumbold, Karis Anderson and Alexandra Buggs were originally spotted by a talent scout in TopShop and bought a breath of fresh air to the pop charts earlier this year with their Travie McCoy-featuring debut single 'Love Me', which proved a big hit on the Vodafone Big Top 40.