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Aug 4, 2015

Can You Name These Up-And-Coming Pop Stars?

You've heard their music, but do you know their faces?

Kelley Dunlap / BuzzFeed
  1. Who is this?

    Interscope
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Pia Mia!

    The Guam-born singer was championed by Kim Kardashian back in 2013 and has been releasing excellent cross-genre pop music ever since. Listen to her single “Do It Again (feat. Chris Brown & Tyga)” now!

    Wolfpack/Interscope
  2. Who is this?

    Capitol Records
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Tori Kelly!

    She tried to break through on competition reality shows before turning to the web, where she built a fanbase around her steely optimism and larger-than-life vocals. Listen to her single “Should’ve Been Us” now!

    Capitol Records
  3. Who is this?

    Emilio Sanchez / RCA Records
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Becky G!

    Last summer she became an internet sensation thanks to her impossibly catchy single “Shower.” Since then, she’s released a series of increasingly mature pop anthems produced by Dr. Luke, the hitmaker behind some of Katy Perry’s biggest hits. Listen to Becky’s single “Lovin’ So Hard” now!

    Kemosabe / RCA Records
  4. Who is this?

    Columbia Records
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Rachel Platten!

    The 34-year-old is finally breaking through after years on the singer-songwriter circuit thanks to her massive, Taylor Swift-approved hit “Fight Song.” Listen to “Fight Song” now!

    Columbia
  5. Who is this?

    Nick Spanos / Warner Brother Records
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Bebe Rexha!

    She got her start singing in an electro-pop band with Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz before going solo. Now she’s queen of the EDM-pop scene thanks to her hit “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You.” Listen to her latest single “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy” now!

    Warner Brothers
  6. Who is this?

    BB Gun Press / Label X / Exodus Entertainment
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Allie X!

    The Katy Perry-approved singer mixes Lady Gaga-esque theatrics with straightforward pop hooks. Listen to her latest single “Catch” now!

    Label X / Exodus Entertainment
  7. Who is this?

    Def Jam
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Alessia Cara!

    The 18-year-old Canadian’s debut single “Here” has been making waves on social media all summer. Listen to the anti-party anthem now!

    Def Jam
  8. Who is this?

    Renell Medrano / Atlantic Records
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Justine Skye!

    The Brooklyn-born teenager’s Tumblr popularity landed her a deal with Atlantic Records, and now she’s releasing the kind of badass R&B-inspired pop that made Rihanna famous. Listen to her single “Bandit” now!

  9. Who is this?

    Simon Emmett / Atlantic Records
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Jess Glynne!

    The British singer-songwriter has been ruling the dance charts since she teamed up with Clean Bandit for the world-conquering hit “Rather Be.” Listen to her latest solo single, “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself,” now!

    Warner Music
  10. Who is this?

    Stephanie Lopez / Atlantic Records
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Melanie Martinez!

    The 20-year-old singer competed on the third season of The Voice and has been releasing creepy-cute pop music ever since. Listen to her single “Pity Party” now!

    Atlantic Records
  11. Who is this?

    Mad Love / Interscope
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Ryn Weaver!

    The NYU dropout became an overnight sensation last summer when she released the infectious, impossible-to-categorize single “OctaHate.” Listen to her single “The Fool” now!

    Mad Love / Interscope
  12. Who is this?

    Hollywood Records
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Bea Miller!

    The 16-year-old competed on the second season of The X Factor before making a name for herself with the fiery hit “Fire N Gold.” Listen to the empowering anthem now!

    Hollywood Records
  13. Who is this?

    Jesse DeFlorio
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Phoebe Ryan!

    The L.A.-based musician became an internet sensation earlier this year when her R. Kelly–Miguel mash-up “Ignition / Do You…” went viral. She’s currently signed to Columbia Records and working on her debut album. Listen to her single “Homie” now!

    Columbia Records
  14. Who is this?

    Astralwerks / Capitol Records
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Halsey!

    Earlier this year, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter became the most-talked about performer at SXSW thanks to a series of unforgettable performances. Listen to her single “New Americana” now!

    Astralwerks / Capitol Records
  15. Who is this?

    Natalie La Rose / Republic
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Natalie La Rose!

    She’s been having a good summer thanks to “Somebody,” her infectious, Whitney Houston–sampling collaboration with R&B singer Jeremih. Listen to the summer jam now!

    Republic
  16. Who is this?

    RCA Records
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Tove Styrke!

    The Swedish pop star has been bubbling under the radar with a handful of left-of-center pop gems, including a glitchy cover of Britney Spears’ hit “…Baby One More Time.” Listen to her luminous single “Ego” now!

    Sony Music Sweden AB / RCA Records
  17. Who is this?

    Record Company Ten AB
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Zara Larsson!

    A 17-year-old pop singer from Sweden, Larsson first appeared on a televised talent show before signing with Universal Music Sweden. She released her first collection of bright, synth-heavy tunes in the United States earlier this year. Listen to her single “Uncover” now!

    Record Company Ten AB
  18. Who is this?

    Mad Decent / Columbia
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    LIZ!

    Signed to Diplo’s Mad Decent label, the Los Angeles–based singer has been releasing mixtapes since 2013. Recently she teamed up with the pop geniuses behind PC Music and released the uber-pop single “When I Rule the World.” Listen to the bubblegum banger now!

    Mad Decent / Columbia
  19. Who is this?

    Renowned Music / Warner Music
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Melissa Steel!

    The 22-year-old British singer has only a handful of singles under her belt but has already shown more range than artists who have been around for years. She transitions seamlessly between reggae, dancehall, pop, and house music. Listen to her single “You Love Me? (feat. Wretch 32)” now!

    Renowned Music / Warner Music
  20. Who is this?

    Topshelf Junior
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Hayley Kiyoko!

    Kiyoko is best known as an actress, but she’s been releasing music almost as long. Earlier this summer, she had a viral hit with the LGBT-friendly anthem “Girls Like Girls.” Listen to the single now!

    Steel Wool Records