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These are 5 of the youngest male singers (25 and under) in the industry that are totally talented, with popping musical careers, and have the whole world ahead of them. (in no particular order)
1. Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes (19)
Real Name: Shawn Peter Raul Mendes
Born: August 8, 1998 (age 19)
From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Instagram: 28.4M followers (shawnmendes)
Twitter: 17M followers (@ShawnMendes)
YouTube: 11M subscribers (ShawnMendesVEVO)
Shawn Mendes' Musical Career
Shawn’s career started 2013 when he posted 6-second videos on the now debunked app Vine, of him singing covers of popular songs. In just a few months, Shawn’s beautiful voice earned him millions of views and followers that made way for him to be discovered by Andrew Gertler in January 2014. He was signed to Island Records and eventually released his first single called “Life of the Partly” the same year. At 15 years old, he was the youngest artist to compose his own debut album and landed in the top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Shawn then went to tour together with other young artist and famous social media sensations in a series of meet and greet conventions called ‘Magcon Tour’. In the same year, Shawn won his first Teen Choice award for Webstar in Music. In 2015, he released his debut album ‘Handwritten’ whose single called “Stitches” landed the top 10 in the US and Canada and reached number one in the UK. The next year, he then released his second album named ‘Illuminate’. One of the singles, ‘Treat You Better’, made its waves worldwide, landing at the top of the US Billboard 200 making him one of the five artists to ever debut at the number one before the age of eighteen. With his incredible talent he is now headlining his third world tour.
‘Treat You Better’ is also currently his most viewed music video on YouTube with staggering views of 1.5 BILLION and 5 MILLION likes.
Honestly, who doesn’t like some Shawn Mendes?
Shawn Mendes Latest Album - Illuminate
Shawn Mendes - Treat You Better
Real Name: Khalid Donnel Robinson
Born: February 11, 1998 (age 19)
From: El Paso, Texas
Instagram: 2.1M followers (thegr8khalid)
Twitter: 1.69M followers (@thegreatkhalid)
YouTube: 1.6M subscribers (KhalidVEVO)
Khalid's Musical Career
In 2015, Khalid started making music and posting it online on a music/audio sharing site called SoundCloud. He then eventually connected with producer SykSense who worked on his single “Location” together with Tunji Ige and Smash David. It was released in 2016 and landed No. 20 on the Billboard's Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and eventually reached Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart on 2017. He is also known for his collaborations with great artists like for Alina Baraz's single "Electric" (2016), with Brasstracks, called "Whirlwind" (2016) and Logic’s "1-800-273-8255" (2017) which also featured Alessia Cara; the single peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Khalid's highest charting single. His debut album ‘American Teen’ was released on March 3, 2017 which received critical acclaim and Grammy Award (2018) nominations for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best R&B Song (for "Location").
His catchy new song ‘Young Dumb & Broke’ under his latest album is now currently his most viewed music video on YouTube. It already has 268 MILLION views and 1 MILLION likes.
There’s no denying that this young talented artist is here to stay.
Khalid's Latest Album - American Teen
Khalid - Young Dumb & Broke
3. Austin Mahone
Austin Mahone (21)
Real Name: Austin Harris Mahone
Born: 4 April 1996 (age 21)
From: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Instagram: 10.1M followers (austinmahone)
Twitter: 10.3M followers (@AustinMahone)
YouTube: 3.1M subscribers (AustinMVEVO)
Austin Mahone's Musical Career
Austin’s career began in 2010 when he starting posting videos of him covering popular songs on YouTube and in a few years, he already garnered a huge following. Because of this, he decided to independently release his first single “11:11” to iTunes back in 2012. The same year, Austin released his second single worldwide, “Say Somethin” and announced later that year that he had been signed to Chase/Universal Republic Records, releasing another song called “Say You’re Just a Friend” featuring rapper Flo Rida for download. 2013, Extended Play, his debut EP, was released exclusively in Japan.
Since then, he’s been all over the music scene creating more songs and winning awards like MTV’s Artist to Watch at MTV Video Music Awards for his song “What About Love”. He was also chosen to be one of the artist to open for Taylor Swift’s Red Tour. 2017, his song “Dirty Work” peaked #1 in Hot 100 which he performed POPSPRING Japan. His A Tour For Me+You kicked off-ed May 31st and released a new song called “Creatures of the Night”, with DJ and record producer Hardwell.
Austin’s most viewed track as per writing is “Mmm Yeah” ft. Pitbull with 173 MILLION views and 1 MILLION likes.
He started too young yet was able to create his own fate in the industry, releasing his songs independently. No doubt he is still well loved by his followers because of his talent, hard work and passion.
Austin Mahone's Latest Album - Dirty Work
Austin Mahone - Mmm Yeah ft. Pitbull
4. Harry Styles
Harry Styles (23)
Real Name: Harry Edward Styles
Born: 1 February 1994 (age 23)
From: Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, England, UK
Instagram: 22.9M followers (harrystyles)
Twitter: 31.7M followers (@Harry_Styles)
YouTube: 3.1M subscribers (HarryStylesVEVO)
Harr Styles' Musical Career
Well, who doesn't remember how Harry Styles rose to fame? Of course, he would always be known as a member of One Direction (together with Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan [former member: Zayn Malik]), one of the most successful boy bands of this generation. The band might be in a hiatus for a few years now but the members of the band are staying in the limelight as they release their solos albums and singles.
Harry was only 16 when he joined X Factor UK (2010) which made way for him to be a part of One Direction. They may have not won the show but the band's career skyrocketed right after the show ended. Since then, the band released hit songs like "What Makes You Beautiful", "One Thing", "Little Things" and "Best Song Ever". They have released four album since their debut.
Now, after the One Direction decided to have a break as a band in 2015, Harry Styles and his bandmates focused on making their own music. Harry currently has an self-titled album released, containing songs that are a little bit different from his band's poppish boy band style, as it now has a more country-rockish vibe. The album includes "Sign of the Times" which landed straight to number 1 on the UK Singles Chart. It is also Harry's most viewed music video on YouTube with 258 Million views and 2 Million likes.
Aside from his music, Harry is also trying to test more waters as he made his way to acting. He proved that he is one of the most talented and versatile young artist of today when he made it to 2017's new war film called 'Dunkirk' by famous director, screenwriter and producer Christopher Nolan.
Singing, songwriting and now acting... this talented bubbly lad proves us each day that he is more than just a pretty face. He totally rocks.
Harry Styles' Latest Album - Harry Styles
Harry Styles - Sign of the Times
5. Sam Smith
Sam Smith (25)
Real Name: Samuel Frederick Smith
Born: 19 May 1992 (age 25)
From: London, United Kingdom
Instagram: 8.6M followers (samsmithworld)
Twitter: 6.42M followers (@samsmithworld)
YouTube: 6.8M subscribers (SamSmithWorldVEVO)
Sam Smith's Musical Career
This one's definitely has one of the most beautiful voices in the industry today. No wonder, he is now a huge star despite his young age. Sam Smith rose to fame in 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure's single called "Latch", which peaked at number 11 on UK Singles Chart. While, Naughty Boy's "La La La" earned him his first number 1 single in 2013. He then won the 2014 Brit Critic's Choice Award and BBC's Sound of 2014 poll the next year.
His debut studio album called 'In the Lonely Hour' was released in May of 2014. His song "Stay With Me" became a hit internationally and landed number 1 in the UK and number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, while the "I'm Not the Only One" landed the top five both in UK and US. It is also his most viewed music video in Youtube with about 969 Million views and 3 Million likes.
In 2015, Sam won four Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album. 2017, he finally released his second studio album, 'The Thrill of It All', which debuted atop the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200, becoming his first number one album in the United States. His single "Too Good at Goodbyes", also from the current album, reached number 1 in the UK and number 5 on the US Billboard 100.
Sam Smith's talent is absolutely one for the books, y'all!
Sam Smith Latest Album - The Thrill of It All
Sam Smith - I'm Not The Only One
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