The Life List: Five new hit-makers in pop


SINGAPORE - Disney singer-actress Olivia Rodrigo might have conquered the charts, but she is not the only one making a splash in pop music.

Here are five other new names making an impact with global hits in the past year.

1. The Kid Laroi

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Emo tune Without You was a global hit for the 17-year-old singer, rapper and songwriter from Australia. It was on F*** Love (Savage), the deluxe edition of his mixtape released in November.

In April, a new version of the song, this time with American pop singer Miley Cyrus' vocals, was released and became even more popular. It peaked at No. 8 on the American charts and topped the Australian charts.

He also appears on Unstable, a song in pop star Justin Bieber's new album, Justice.

On Spotify alone, he has more than 29 million monthly listeners.

2. Tate McRae

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Now 17, the Canadian singer-songwriter first found fame as a dancer on reality television show So You Think You Can Dance when she was 13. She ended up third in the 2016 season.

She has had more success as a singer. Her electronic-tinged pop ballad You Broke Me First, the lead single from her 2020 EP Too Young To Be Sad, became a hit worldwide.

The song was consistently in the Top 10 of Spotify and Apple Music's Singapore charts from July to November. It peaked at No. 3 on the British charts and No. 17 on the American charts.

3. Giveon

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The 26-year-old's distinctive, soulful vocals drive Heartbreak Anniversary, a piano ballad that became a sleeper hit early this year. The song went to No. 1 in Singapore and Malaysia and peaked at No. 17 on the American Billboard charts.

At this year's Grammy Awards, the Californian singer's debut EP Take Time was nominated for Best R&B Album, but lost out to John Legend's Bigger Love.

He also sings on Bieber's No. 1 hit, Peaches, which was released in March.

4. 24kGoldn

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The 20-year-old American rapper, singer and songwriter scored a global hit with Mood, a pop/hip-hop track with Puerto Rico-born American rapper Iann Dior.

The catchy tune, released in July 2020, blew up on TikTok before hitting No. 1 on the United States charts and in countries around the world, including Britain, Australia and Germany. It stayed in the Top 10 charts in Singapore from September to April.

In March, he released his debut album El Dorado, which includes Mood.

5. Pink Sweat$

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He released his debut single Honesty in 2018 but it was only in 2020 that the 29-year-old American soul-pop singer scored a hit with his single, At My Worst.

The song was constantly in the Top 10 charts in Singapore from December until early May and went to No. 1 in Malaysia.

In January, he released an updated version of the song that featured vocals from R&B singer Kehlani.

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