GossipCenter’s Top 5 Rising Music Stars of 2013

Posted Friday December 27, 2013 10:28 PM GMT

The music scene of the past year has been anything but boring, and from the abundance of new ear candy GossipCenter selected five acts worthy of recognition.

1. Lorde

Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor had a killer year of success under her stage name Lorde as her debut single “Royals” topped playlists in her native New Zealand and all over the world. And despite the fact that she’s still finishing up her senior year of high school, the 17-year-old songstress has connected with new fans thanks to a lyrical and musical maturity that transcends her age.

As for the origin of her moniker, Lorde told Teen Vogue,"I came up with the name Lorde after looking through aristocratic titles. 'Lord' is a super masculine word, so I added an 'e' to make it feminine. I like the musician James Blake, but I also listen to Drake and Nicki Minaj. For me, rapping is a barely contained dream. When it comes to career goals, if I think of myself as cool in five years, then I'm doing all right."

2. Selena Gomez

We’re well aware that she put out three albums and won a few awards with The Scene, but 2013 was the year of Selena Gomez’s debut solo album. Stars Dance hit stores on July 23rd and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart. It went on to become her highest-selling record with almost 100,000 units in its first week. Lead single “Come and Get It” snagged 1.8 million downloads, and Gomez has toured successfully ever since.

Given the intensity of her career demands (and a messy breakup with Justin Bieber earlier in the year), Selena announced in December that she’d pulled the plug on her forthcoming Australian Tour. “My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them. But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be. To my fans, I sincerely apologize and I hope you guys know how much each and every one of you mean to me.”

3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Blending wicked smart lyrics and catchy beats, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made an indelible mark on the hip hop scene. And with a total of seven Grammy nominations, it’s hard to deny this duo’s mass appeal and artistic prowess.

Macklemore (real name Ben Haggerty) and his partner in crime sold 7 million downloads of their debut single “Thrift Shop,” and their album The Heist is already certified platinum. They’ve also contributed to the gay marriage movement with their song “Same Love,” and have sold out dozens of tour dates.

4. Ariana Grande

Parlaying her acting success on “Victorious” into a fully-fledged pop music career, Ariana Grande exploded onto the scene in 2013 with her debut album Yours Truly. Grande’s lead single “The Way” is certified platinum and paved the way for other hits like “Baby I” and “Right There.”

Ariana also scored a few accolades for her singing prowess including New Artist of the Year (America Music Awards), Best Newcomer (Billboard Mid-Year Music Awards), Best New Artist 2013 (Music Choice Awards), and Best Newcomer (Billboard Readers Poll Music Awards).

5. Kendrick Lamar

In November he was named GQ’s 2013 Rapper of the Year, and Kendrick Lamar has most definitely earned the honor. The 26-year-old lyricist from Compton has enjoyed a whole new level of success this year and he shows no signs of slowing down.

After dropping his major label debut good kid, m.A.A.D. city in October 2012, Kendrick showed up on all kinds of magazine covers, awards shows, and high-profile performances to introduce his music to the world.

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