Billboard’s annual ranking of powerful young voices includes arena headliners and promising new talent, familiar names and new musicians quickly rising toward the mainstream. From brand-new stars crashing into the Top 5 to list mainstays still representing the power of youth.
Number 17. Zara Larsson, 19:
“Music’s been in my life my whole life,” says Larsson, who won the Swedish version of Got Talent at the age of 10. Her U.S. breakthrough came with “Never Forget You,” which peaked at No. 13 on the Hot 100, and the Clean Bandit collab “Symphony,” which rocketed to No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart. Her debut full-length, So Good, arrived in March, with a title track that featured Ty Dolla $ign.
“Studio!!! I’m indescribably happy to be back in the studio again. I feel so inspired and filled with energy, hope and light. Honestly, it’s like I can breath again. Hope every single one of you have something or can find something that Keeps you motivated, maybe just to get thru the day, in times like this. It can be difficult, for sure, but being able to express myself creatively right now is a BLESSING!!! Also, remember that it’s ok to take a break from things on twitter/Instagram. Seeing how the world is being destroyed in front of our eyes, the fact that the American president is a low key nazi and a high key racist and sexist, or anything else of what’s going on right now is mentally DRAINING, at least to me. Take care of yourself. Thank you so much for checking in on me on my socials, even if I don’t update as frequently. I’m busy being in a great state of mind/making an album!!!! Love you ?”