Special Report

This Summer's 25 Hottest Music Stars

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25. Beyoncé
> Spotify monthly listeners: 33.4 million
> Youtube channel views: 14.00 billion
> Pandora lifetime streams: 9.07 billion
> TikTok top video views: 1.83 billion

Although it’s been four years since the release of “Lemonade,” Beyonce’s critically acclaimed last solo album, she has been hard at work on other projects including the Grammy-winning visual album and musical film “Black is King,” released in 2020. Fans can look forward to a series of virtual performances this summer from Queen Bey that will promote her new music.

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24. Selena Gomez
> Spotify monthly listeners: 40.4 million
> Youtube channel views: 10.52 billion
> Pandora lifetime streams: 2.64 billion
> TikTok top video views: 2.90 billion

After her last LP, “Rare,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Gomez, though a native English speaker, honored her Mexican roots by releasing her long awaited Spanish-language EP “Revelación” in March of this year. After stating in a March interview that she is considering retiring, the artist has hinted on Instagram that she may release one more album before she does.

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23. Katy Perry
> Spotify monthly listeners: 37.8 million
> Youtube channel views: 21.98 billion
> Pandora lifetime streams: 3.82 billion
> TikTok top video views: 2.13 billion

On August 26, 2020, two days before releasing her most recent studio album “Smile,” Katy Perry gave birth to her first child, Daisy Dove Bloom. As the new mom has recalibrated her life and career to make space for her family, fans can’t wait to hear how her music evolves. Perry is starting a three-month Las Vegas residency on December 29 of this year.

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22. Maroon 5
> Spotify monthly listeners: 52.4 million
> Youtube channel views: 18.28 billion
> Pandora lifetime streams: 10.58 billion
> TikTok top video views: 1.99 billion

To promote their newly released album “Jordi,” Maroon 5 is kicking off their next U.S. tour this August in Auburn, Washington. The album is named after the band’s former manager Jordan Feldstein, who died in 2017, and features collaborations with Megan Thee Stallion and Stevie Nicks, as well as the late rapper Juice WRLD.

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21. SZA
> Spotify monthly listeners: 42.1 million
> Youtube channel views: 1.04 billion
> Pandora lifetime streams: 851.64 million
> TikTok top video views: 4.16 billion

After the success of SZA’s first studio album, “Ctrl,” in 2017 — which earned her five Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist — fans have been eagerly awaiting her next LP. Scheduled to drop later this year, it will feature collaborations with multiple artists, including Post Malone and Justin Timberlake.