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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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Katy Perry
Set of illustrations of Katy Perry in various poses measured with overall height

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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Birthday
October 25, 1984
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Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
Years Active
2001–present

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Rihanna
Set of illustrations of Rihanna in various poses measured with overall height

Rihanna was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty in Barbados in 1988. She moved to the US in 2005 and subsequently signed a six album deal with Def Jam recordings. Her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad, which was released in 2007, cemented her status as a leading American pop star and sex symbol. She has become known for her fusion of pop, R&B, and dance music. She is considered one of the most successful female music artists in the world, and has won a total of nine Grammy awards. She has recently gained roles in a number of film and television projects, and has launched a bestselling beauty brand, called Fenty.

Rihanna has a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Outlined silhouette drawings of Rihanna in a variety of poses
Rihanna was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty in Barbados in 1988. She moved to the US in 2005 and subsequently signed a six album deal with Def Jam recordings. Her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad, which was released in 2007, cemented her status as a leading American pop star and sex symbol.

Rihanna has a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Outlined silhouette drawings of Rihanna in a variety of poses
Rihanna
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Birthday
February 20, 1988
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Robyn Rihanna Fenty
Years Active
2003–present

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Rihanna front (formal), front (posing), front (dancing), front (arms out)

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Ariana Grande
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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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Ariana Grande standing (front), performing (front pose), performing (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
Cher
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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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Justin Bieber
Drawings of Justin Bieber in a range of positions measured with overall height

Justin Bieber is a famous pop star. He was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1994, and was discovered, age 13, by a record producer who came across Bieber’s Youtube videos. He became a well known teenage pop star with a number of best-selling singles. In 2012, he released a new album, Believe, which marked a shift from his earlier pop sound, to a fusion of pop, electronic, dance and R&B. In 2017, he released a remix of the single, Despacito, which quickly became one of the most popular Spanish speaking songs of all time. Justin Bieber married model Hailey Baldwin, in 2018. He is in the process of applying for American citizenship.

Justin Bieber has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Group of silhouette illustrations of Justin Bieber in assorted poses
Justin Bieber is a famous pop star. He was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1994, and was discovered, age 13, by a record producer who came across Bieber’s Youtube videos. In 2012, he released, Believe, which marked a shift from his earlier pop sound, to a fusion of pop, electronic, dance and R&B.

Justin Bieber has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Group of silhouette illustrations of Justin Bieber in assorted poses
Justin Bieber
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March 1, 1994
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2007–present

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