Adele, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift Named Forbes’ Brightest Music Stars Under 30
One Direction, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars also make the cut. None of those selections are a surprise, given their huge commercial success. The list covers a wide range of genres beyond pop music, including EDM stars Avicii and Skrillex, rapper Wiz Khalifa, and R&B singer Frank Ocean.
Unlike most of Forbes’ lists, this one isn’t based strictly on the amount of income earned. It’s a subjective tally of who Forbes editors believe are the biggest stars today, with a few of tomorrow’s up-and-coming stars tossed in. That’s why newcomers like Skylar Grey and Kendrick Lamar are included alongside multiplatinum acts like Katy Perry and Rihanna. Forbes says Lamar is “set for stardom” and predicts big things for Grey’s 2013 debut album.
The magazine also includes several executives for music applications and companies, including founders of Spotify, Crowdsurge and Rap Genius.
Forbes Magazine’s Brightest Music Stars Under 30:
Daniel Ek (Spotify)
Matt Jones (Crowdsurge)
Adam Kluger (The Kluger Agency)
Ilan Zechory, Tom Lehman (Rap Genius)
Elias Roman, Peter Asbill, Elliott Breece, Eric Davich (Songza)
James “J” Sider (BandPage)
Sam Tarantino, Josh Greenberg (Grooveshark)
Alex White (The Next Big Sound)
Sara Winter (AEG Live)
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