by Billboard Staff | September 27, 2011 1:00 EDT
They’ve got hit records, millions of fans, and the kind of success most musicians only dream of — and they can’t even buy a glass of champagne to celebrate their success. Welcome to Billboard.com’s 2011 installment of 21 Under 21, our annual ranking of music’s most powerful minors.
From bubbly boy bands to white-hot producers, sexy K-Pop princesses to pint-sized Reggeaton powerhouses, rising hip-hop stars to international pop icons, these are the fresh faces whose careers will continue to pack the biggest punches over the next 12 months. Get used to this crew, because they’re all just getting started.
No. 7. Demi Lovato
Birthdate: August 20, 1992 (age 19)
Rank Last Year: 8
Why She’s Hot: After launching her career with starring roles in the Disney Channel franchises “Sonny with a Chance” and “Camp Rock,” Demi Lovato dropped out of her spot on the Jonas Brothers tour last fall and entered a treatment facility for an eating disorder and self-injury. Luckily, the pop singer returned from what she described as “the darkest time of my life” with a new album, “Unbroken,” that featured collaborations with Missy Elliott and Timbaland, as well as a lead single, “Skyscraper,” that debuted in the Top 10 of the Hot 100. After experiencing such a harrowing experience at a young age, Lovato remains extremely grateful to her fans, and said in March, “I will never forget the support you guys gave me.”