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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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Lady Gaga
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Lady Gaga is an American actress and singer. She was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, but chose the stage name Lady Gaga when she launched her music career. She wrote and sang from an early age, and signed a record deal in 2007, releasing the top selling album, The Fame, a year later. She has won a total of nine grammys and is one of the best-selling musicians in the world. She has recently embarked on an acting career, receiving critical acclaim for her role opposite Bradley Cooper in the 2018 film, A Star is Born. She won an Academy Award for Shallow, a song from the film.

Lady Gaga has a height of 5’1” (1.55 m).

Outlined silhouette drawings of Lady Gaga in a variety of poses
Lady Gaga is an American actress and singer. She was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, but chose the stage name Lady Gaga when she launched her music career. She wrote and sang from an early age, and signed a record deal in 2007, releasing the top selling album, The Fame, a year later.

Lady Gaga has a height of 5’1” (1.55 m).

Outlined silhouette drawings of Lady Gaga in a variety of poses
Lady Gaga
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Birthday
March 28, 1986
Given Name
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
Years Active
2001–present

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Adam Levine
Collection of drawings of Adam Levine measured with overall height

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
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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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Cher
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Cher is an American singer. She was born in California, in 1946. She dropped out of school age 16 and began working as a backup singer. She met Sonny Bono during this time, and they launched their music career as a duo, rocketing to fame upon the release of ‘I Got You Babe’. She is known for her successful solo career, and hits ‘Believe’, and ‘Turn Back Time’. She is one of the best-selling artists in music history, and is considered a cult icon, known for her iconic style. She is a huge supporter of LGBTQ rights and is an icon within the gay community.

Cher has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Group of silhouette illustrations of Cher in assorted poses
Cher is an American singer. She was born in California, in 1946. She met Sonny Bono at an early age and they launched their music career as a duo, rocketing to fame upon the release of ‘I Got You Babe’. She is known for her successful solo career, and hits ‘Believe’, and ‘Turn Back Time’.

Cher has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Group of silhouette illustrations of Cher in assorted poses
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Birthday
May 20, 1946
Given Name
Cherilyn Sarkisian
Years Active
1963–present

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Cher front (dancing), front (pose), side (standing)

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Miley Cyrus
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Miley Cyrus was born in Tennessee, in 1992. She was born into a family of performers - her father is the well known country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. She gained the role of Disney’s Hannah Montana in 2003 at the age of eleven, rocketing her to fame and beginning her music career. She has released several studio albums and topped the Billboard chart with her song ‘Wrecking Ball’. She shifted away from her earlier wholesome public image to become a much grittier, pop rock artist. Her personal life has often caused controversy. She was married to actor Liam Hemsworth in 2018, but they divorced in 2019.

Miley Cyrus has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Group of silhouette illustrations of Miley Cyrus in assorted poses
Miley Cyrus was born in Tennessee, in 1992. She was born into a family of performers - her father is the well known country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. She gained the role of Disney’s Hannah Montana in 2003 at the age of eleven, rocketing her to fame and beginning her music career.

Miley Cyrus has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Group of silhouette illustrations of Miley Cyrus in assorted poses
Miley Cyrus
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Birthday
November 23, 1992
Given Name
Destiny Hope Cyrus
Years Active
2001–present

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Miley Cyrus front (casual, walking), side (formal), front (singing), front (posing)

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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
Years Active
2004-present

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

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