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A pop star is the word that describes a musician who writes and performs pop music. Pop music emerged in the 1950s in the UK and the US and is often associated with the emergence of  youth culture. It often follows a formula; it is typified by a simple rhythm, catchy lyrics, and usually a bright, upbeat tone. Pop music produces the most hit songs, meaning that it is the genre that makes the most money. It is often considered mainstream and as the most popular form of music. There are pop groups like One Direction and Little Mix, and also individual pop stars, like Taylor Swift and Rihanna.

How do you become a pop star?

Become a pop star by learning new instruments and songs, practicing singing, and getting yourself noticed locally. Be persistent as transforming into a pop star does not happen overnight. Part of becoming a pop star includes being wholesome, having a unique voice, being a talented dancer, being open to criticism, having confidence, be willing to work hard, and having an appealing look.

Who were the first pop stars?

The first pop stars emerged in the 1930s and 1940s. These were Bing Crosby who sold millions of records and Frank Sinatra who is considered by many the first modern pop star. They both were from the United States. In Britain, Al Bowlly is considered the first pop star. These first pop stars recorded and performed with orchestras in the music genre that was popular. There were other vocal groups like The Mills Brothers and The Ink Spots who set a precedent for other aspiring artists at the time.

Who is the richest pop star in the world?

Rihanna, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was named the richest pop star in the world in 2019. She has a fortune that is larger than Madonna’s, Celine Dion’s, and Beyonce’s. Rihanna is only 31 years old and has a worth of $600 million according to Forbes. Rihanna did not only earn her wealth from her music, but she also has a partnership with LVMH, her own lingerie line (Savage x Fenty), and cosmetics company (Fenty Beauty).

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Ariana Grande
Dimensioned height drawings of Ariana Grande in assorted standing and performing postures

Ariana Grande is an American musician. She was born in Florida, in 1993, and began her career in the Broadway musical, 13. She signed a recording contract with Republic Records in 2011 at the age of sixteen. She has released several best-selling albums, and top ten singles, including the songs ‘Thank U, Next’, ‘Bad To You’, and ‘Got Her Own’. She has won numerous accolades including one Grammy. She is known for her wide vocal range and has often been compared to Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. She is an outspoken supporter of womens and LGBTQ rights.

Ariana Grande is 5 foot (1.52 m) tall.

Ariana Grande is an American musician born in Florida, in 1993, and began her career in the Broadway musical, 13. She signed a recording contract in 2011 at the age of sixteen and has released several best-selling albums, and top ten singles. She is an outspoken supporter of womens and LGBTQ rights.

Ariana Grande is 5 foot (1.52 m) tall.

Ariana Grande
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June 26, 1993
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Ariana Grande-Butera
Years Active
2008 to present

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Taylor Swift
Series of illustrations of Taylor Swift standing and performing with height measurement

Taylor Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born in Pennsylvania, but moved to Nashville, Tennessee, when she was 14 to pursue a career in country music. Her music can be described as a mix of country, pop-rock and pop, and is characterized by an upbeat tone and catchy lyrics about contemporary experience. She has released seven albums, and is one of the best-selling artists of all time. She has appeared on the Forbes list of top earning women - she has a reported fortune of over $360 million. She loves cats.

Taylor Swift is 5 foot 10 inches (1.78 m) tall.

Taylor Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born in Pennsylvania, but moved to Nashville, Tennessee, when she was 14 to pursue a career in country music. Her music is a mix of country, pop-rock and pop, and is known for an upbeat tone and catchy lyrics about contemporary experience.

Taylor Swift is 5 foot 10 inches (1.78 m) tall.

Taylor Swift
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December 13, 1989
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Taylor Alison Swift
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2004-present

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Taylor Swift standing (front), performing (pause), performing (cheer)

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Adam Levine
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Adam Levine was born in Los Angeles in 1979. He began his music career as part of the band Kara’s Flowers, before moving to New York and forming the band that would later become known as Maroon 5. Their first album Songs About Jane, was released to commercial and critical success. They released a further five albums, winning numerous accolades including three Grammy awards. Adam Levine is also known as a television personality - he has been a coach on the talent show, The Voice for seven years. He is married to model Behati Prinsloo - they have two children together.

Adam Levine has a height of 6’ (1.83 m).

Outlined silhouette drawings of Adam Levine in a variety of poses
Adam Levine was born in Los Angeles in 1979, before moving to New York and forming the band that would later become known as Maroon 5. Adam Levine is also known as a television personality - he has been a coach on the talent show, The Voice for seven years.

Adam Levine has a height of 6’ (1.83 m).

Outlined silhouette drawings of Adam Levine in a variety of poses
Adam Levine
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March 18, 1979
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1994–present

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Adam Levine front (standing), front (singing), side (crouched singing)

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Beyonce
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Beyonce is the Queen. Born in raised in Texas, she shot to fame as part of the 1990s R&B group, Destiny’s Child. Known for her wide-reaching range and soulful voice, Beyonce has released six solo albums, has sold over 100 million records worldwide and received a total of 23 Grammy awards. She is considered one of the best-selling artists of all time. Beyonce often collaborates with her husband, rapper and producer Jay-Z on a number of projects. In 2018 they released an album together, named Everything Is Love. In April 2019, the film Homecoming premiered on Netflix, which documented her historic 2018 Coachella performance.

Beyonce has a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

Group of silhouette illustrations of Beyonce in assorted poses
Beyonce is the Queen. Born in raised in Texas, she shot to fame as part of the 1990s R&B group, Destiny’s Child. Known for her wide-reaching range and soulful voice, Beyonce has released six solo albums, has sold over 100 million records worldwide and received a total of 23 Grammy awards.

Beyonce has a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

Group of silhouette illustrations of Beyonce in assorted poses
Beyonce
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September 4, 1981
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Beyoncé Giselle Knowles
Years Active
1997–present

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Beyonce front (pose), side (standing), side (dancing), side (walking; casual)

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Katy Perry
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Katy Perry is a famous pop star. Born Katheryn Hudson, she began her musical career as a teenager. After signing with Capitol Records in 2004, she rose to fame on the release of her second album entitled One Of The Boys. Her well known songs include I Kissed A Girl, Hot n Cold, and California Gurls. She is known for her catchy lyrics and uplifting pop sound. She is one of the most successful female musical artists of all time.

Katy Perry has a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

Group of silhouette illustrations of Katy Perry in assorted poses
Katy Perry is a famous pop star. Born Katheryn Hudson, she began her musical career as a teenager. Her well known songs include I Kissed A Girl, Hot n Cold, and California Gurls. She is known for her catchy lyrics and uplifting pop sound which have made her one of the most successful female artists.

Katy Perry has a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

Group of silhouette illustrations of Katy Perry in assorted poses
Katy Perry
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5’7” | 1.70 m
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Birthday
October 25, 1984
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Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
Years Active
2001–present

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Katy Perry front (formal), front (posing), side (singing), front (singing)

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