Special Report

This Summer's 25 Hottest Music Stars

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5. The Weeknd
> Spotify monthly listeners: 69.0 million
> Youtube channel views: 14.64 billion
> Pandora lifetime streams: 5.83 billion
> TikTok top video views: 3.70 billion

After postponing his 2020 tour, Canadian singer/songwriter The Weeknd has announced new tour dates across Canada and the United States in 2022. The tour will promote his 2020 album “After Hours,” which featured the hit single “Blinding Lights” — which broke records when it spent over a year in the top ten on Billboard Hot 100. The Weeknd has recently hinted that he has new music on the way.

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4. Ariana Grande
> Spotify monthly listeners: 63.2 million
> Youtube channel views: 19.26 billion
> Pandora lifetime streams: 4.29 billion
> TikTok top video views: 4.79 billion

The 28-year-old singer and actress, who got her start on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious,” is the most streamed female musician ever, as well as the most followed woman on Instagram since 2019. Grande has released five platinum albums and has had 16 top ten debut singles. She is known for her multitude of philanthropic efforts and activism, including support of LGBTQ rights.

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3. Drake
> Spotify monthly listeners: 52.9 million
> Youtube channel views: 10.02 billion
> Pandora lifetime streams: 24.31 billion
> TikTok top video views: 8.45 billion

Named Artist of the Decade at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, Drake holds several Billboard records, including most entries in the Hot 100 and most Hot 100 debuts in one week. His latest studio album, “Certified Lover Boy,” was set to be released in January of 2021 but has been postponed until an unspecified date later this summer.

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2. BTS
> Spotify monthly listeners: 31.0 million
> Youtube channel views: 10.33 billion
> Pandora lifetime streams: 257.28 million
> TikTok top video views: 7.64 billion

This seven-member K-pop band has achieved worldwide fame, bringing notoriety to a genre known for its upbeat style and narrative music videos. In 2017, BTS became the first K-pop group to perform at the American Music Awards. The band released three albums in 2020 and fans can look forward to their upcoming world tour, dates TBD.

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1. Justin Bieber
> Spotify monthly listeners: 73.6 million
> Youtube channel views: 25.08 billion
> Pandora lifetime streams: 4.89 billion
> TikTok top video views: 10.90 billion

This former teen idol, who released his first EP at age 15, has proven himself as a serious musician. At age 27, Justin Bieber has six studio albums under his belt, the most recent being “Justice,” which was released in March. Although the Justice U.S. tour has been delayed until 2022, fans can catch Bieber July 9 at Encore Theater in Las Vegas.

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