Special Report

America's 40 Hottest New Music Stars

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40. Ava Max
> Total no. of weeks on Hot 100: 24
> Biggest hit: Sweet But Psycho
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 1,167,351

Twenty-five-year-old singer and songwriter Ava Max reached the top of Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart in January 2019 on the strength of her single “Sweet But Psycho,” which peaked at No. 10 on the Hot 100. While she hasn’t yet released a full-length record, that single has accumulated more than 600 million plays on streaming service Spotify.

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39. BlocBoy JB
> Total no. of weeks on Hot 100: 25
> Biggest hit: Look Alive
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 418,161

Memphis-based rapper BlocBoy JB had a successful 2018, during which he released the single “Look Alive,” featuring Drake, which hit No. 5 on the Hot 100. He also released two mixtapes — “Simi” and “Don’t Think That.” The rapper has faced harder times this year, having been arrested on drug and gun charges.

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38. Lil Skies
> Total no. of weeks on Hot 100: 29
> Biggest hit: I
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 1,117,545

Twenty-year old rapper Lil Skies has had multiple singles chart on the Hot 100, beginning with his song “Red Roses.” His most recent single, “I,” is also his best-performing, peaking at No. 39. His 2018 album “Life of a Dark Rose” was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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37. Dylan Scott
> Total no. of weeks on Hot 100: 31
> Biggest hit: My Girl
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 223,724

Music is in Dylan Scott’s DNA. The Louisiana-born country singer, who infuses his songs with elements of rhythm and blues, is the son of guitarist Scotty Robinson, who performed with noted country singer Freddy Fender. Dylan Scott’s self-titled debut album was released in 2016 and rose to No. 46 in the Billboard 200, and to No. 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. His single “My Girl” climbed to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

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36. Jordan Davis
> Total no. of weeks on Hot 100: 32
> Biggest hit: Take It From Me
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 115,976

Country singer and songwriter Jordan Davis has had two singles cross over to the Hot 100 pop music chart — “Take It From Me” and “Singles You Up.” Davis also reached the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart in April 2018, following the release of his debut album “Home State.”