America’s 40 Hottest New Music Stars

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5. Kodak Black
> Total no. of weeks on Hot 100: 78
> Biggest hit: ZEZE
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 4,114,456

Kodak Black is a Pompano Beach, Florida-based rapper whose his real name is Dieuson Octave. As a youth, Black, who is the son of Haitian immigrants, would read thesauruses and dictionaries to boost his vocabulary. He has had two top 10 hits — “ZEZE” (No. 2) and “Tunnel Vision” (No. 6).

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4. Luke Combs
> Total no. of weeks on Hot 100: 104
> Biggest hit: Beautiful Crazy
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 1,512,764

Singer-songwriter Luke Combs has taken the country music genre by storm since the release of his debut studio album “This One’s for You” in 2017. He’s had 10 songs on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and was invited to join the prestigious Grand Ole Opry in June 2019 — a coveted in honor in country music. The North Carolina-born musician has similarly done well in mainstream pop, with seven of his tracks ranking on the Hot 100.

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3. Marshmello
> Total no. of weeks on Hot 100: 97
> Biggest hit: Happier
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 5,957,157

Marshmello, also known as Christopher Comstock, is an electronic music producer, DJ, and masked performer. He’s had nine songs in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with the highest charting single, “Happier,” performed with Bastille, peaking at No. 2 in February.

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2. Khalid
> Total no. of weeks on Hot 100: 124
> Biggest hit: Talk
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 4,729,573

Twenty-one year old R&B singer Khalid rose to fame following the release of his debut album “American Teen” in 2017. That year, he was nominated for five Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist. Khalid’s biggest hit to date is “Talk” from his second album “Free Spirit.” The song hit No. 3 on the Hot 100 pop chart.

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1. Cardi B
> Total no. of weeks on Hot 100: 99
> Biggest hit: I Like It
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 29,513,450

Cardi B has been so successful it is difficult to remember that she did not have a mainstream pop hit before her song “Bodak Yellow” — which reached No. 1 — entered the Hot 100 in 2017. The 26-year old rapper won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 2018 for her “Invasion of Privacy” and has been nominated a total of seven times. That same year, she scored her second No. 1 single with “I Like It” and was featured on the Maroon 5 chart topper “Girls Like You.”