Special Report

America's 40 Hottest New Music Stars

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10. Ella Mai
> Total no. of weeks on Hot 100: 59
> Biggest hit: Boo’d Up
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 1,864,767

British singer Ella Mai’s single “Boo’d Up” won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and was nominated for Song of the Year in 2018. It also reached No. 5 on the Hot 100. Despite having only released one full-length album to date, the 24-year-old has received plenty of critical praise and won the 2019 Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Artist.

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9. Juice WRLD
> Total no. of weeks on Hot 100: 55
> Biggest hit: Lucid Dreams
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 1,776,425

Juice WRLD is an introspective Chicago-area hip-hop artist who is influenced by rock music, R&B, and performers such as Lil Durk and Chief Keef. He posted his first No. 1 album, “Death Race for Love,” on the Billboard 200 in March. Juice WRLD, born Jarad Higgins, had previously been in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 in 2018 with “WRLD on Drugs” (No. 2) and his debut studio album, “Goodbye & Good Riddance” (No. 4).

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8. Billie Eilish
> Total no. of weeks on Hot 100: 38
> Biggest hit: Bad Guy
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 13,276,564

Only 17 years old, singer Billie Eilish has far more than 1 billion streams on Spotify. The artist has sent 16 songs to the Hot 100 pop chart, all but one of which (“Come Out and Play”) peaked this year. In June 2019, Eilish reached the top position on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, making her the most popular musician in the country by that measure.

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7. Lil Baby
> Total no. of weeks on Hot 100: 61
> Biggest hit: Drip Too Hard
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 1,445,620

Atlanta rapper Lil Baby (Dominique Jones) started his rap career in 2017, after serving time in prison for a probation violation. He earned his first top 10 song on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 2018 with “Yes Indeed” — a collaboration with Drake — which rose to No. 6. “Yes, Indeed” was the second single from Lil Baby’s debut album “Harder Than Ever,” which debuted at No. 3 on Billboard 200.

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6. 6ix9ine
> Total no. of weeks on Hot 100: 51
> Biggest hit: FEFE
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 14,792,496

6ix9ine released numerous hit singles beginning in 2017, with 2018’s “FEFE,” which featured Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz, the best performing on the charts. The young star’s career has since stalled due to legal troubles. The rapper is currently in jail and is awaiting trial following a slew of charges, including racketeering, drug trafficking, and firearms offenses.