Music has always been an outlet that unites everyone together from across the world regardless of race, origin, or language. That is why it is important to allow children to listen to good music, as it can help boost morale and prepare them to face a new day and a new challenge. Nowadays music has become easily accessible with the help of YouTube, Apple Music, and Spotify. With more accessibility to music, we are also now exposed to many different artists from all over the world. As a parent, it can be a bit overwhelming to keep up with the latest musicians. Which is why we compiled a list of the top 6 artist that your teenagers are listening to right now!
1. Megan thee Stallion
Starting of strong, Megan thee Stallion has been on a seemingly inexorable rise since her last year’s meme-spawning smash “Hot Girl Summer” (featuring Nicki Minaj). Earlier this year Megan released her single "Savage", and shortly the song would become her biggest hit of her career
The song went viral on the video-sharing app TikTok, with people performing the "Savage" dance challenge. The "Savage" dance challenge was created by popular TikTok user Keara Wilson, whose viral clip racked up 15.7 million views and 2.4 million likes as of March 20th, 2020. Megan even posted her own video, as well as videos of her fans and celebrities performing the challenge. As a result of the challenge, "Savage" became the most-played song on TikTok for March 2020, accumulating more than 7.5 billion views for the month.
A remix featuring Beyoncé was released on April 29, 2020. The remix became Megan Thee Stallion's highest-charting song, reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has sold 2.1 million equivalent units in the US as of July 2020. Check out the Music Video here!
It is no surprise that BTS is on our list, as they are the biggest artists in the world right now. Early this year the South Korean group had released their highly anticipated album, “Map of the Soul: 7.” The album symbolizes the seven members of the group, as well as the seven years the band has spent together. After renewing their contract for another seven years together in 2018, this album reflects on this midpoint, including all of their ups and downs.
The album debuted at number-one on the US Billboard 200 chart with 422,000 album-equivalent units (including 347,000 sales) earned in its first week. It became BTS' fourth consecutive chart-topper in the country.
The album was supported by the title track "ON", which debuted at number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Charts. The music video featured collaborations with The Blue Devils, a World Class competitive marching band based in California, and 19 year old Sienna Lalau who can be seen dancing in the first few seconds in the music video. She not only led the dance performance but also choreographed the entire video! Check out BTS' live performance at Grand Central Terminal for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
3. Harry Styles
From boy bands to a former boy band member, Harry Styles has become a teenage heartthrob once again. The former One Direction star is thriving in 2020, having released his second solo album Fine Line back in December. The record debuted at number three in the UK and was the singer’s second consecutive number one album in the US.
The British singer’s recent single ”Watermelon Sugar” has reached No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August. Styles is now one of only five British artists to have topped the US charts with a track that failed to reach No 1 in the UK.
The release of the "Watermelon Sugar" music video has sent fans on Twitter wild, as they rekindled their love for the song that was released last year. Fans claim that everything about the video is perfect, from the Malibu beach setting, to the aesthetics, and of course people are going crazy about Harry Styles’ good looks. Check out his live performance last year at Capital's Jingle Ball Festival!
4. Doja Cat
It's safe to say that Doja Cat is the Queen of creating viral TikTok Songs, to the point that it has brought herself into the Billboard Hot 100 more than once without a feature. With her recent release of her album "Hot Pink", Doja Cat is having the best year of her early career.
Her title track "Say So" reached the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 and released two remix versions including a feature from rapper Nicki Minaj, earning the first number-one song for both artists.
In December 2019, TikTok user Haley Sharpe, who goes by the handle @yodelinghaley on the app, posted a video of herself in her own bathroom, performing a dance she had made up to go with the bubbly, poppy chorus of "Say So". It's difficult to scroll through the app and not see teens doing Sharpe's dance, which has been performed by everyone from online stars Emma Carmichael and Charli D'Amelio to Laura Dern and, eventually, Doja Cat herself.
Doja Cat seems to have a bright future ahead with her recent single release called "Freak". The single has already become a viral hit on TikTok , where it has been used in over 1.2 million videos! Check out this exclusive performance by Doja Cat on MTV!
5. Conan Gray
Conan Gray is a newbie in the music industry this year and has already been labeled the New Prince of Pop. His debut studio album, Kid Krow, was released in March 2020 and reached number 5 on the Billboard 200, making him the biggest US new artist debut of 2020. It secured the“Top New Artist Debut on the Billboard Top 200,” capturing #5 on the Album respective chart, #1 Pop Album, and #2 Billboard Top Album Sales.
His breakthrough single "Maniac" has accumulated over 100 million streams on Spotify alone and has been certified Platinum in Australia and Gold in the US and Canada. The song also became trending on TikTok, debuting in the app's Top 25 trending chart.
Recently this past week Conan Grey has released his sixth single "Heather". On Apple Music Editor's Notes under Gray's album Kid Krow, Gray writes that "'Heather' is the song on the album that I always cry to. I think it's the most honest recount of my love life at the moment. It’s about a girl named Heather—I think everyone has a Heather in their life. The person that I really, really liked was in love with Heather. They were not in love with me, and because of that, I f**king hated Heather. I hated Heather with all of my heart and soul. I had no reason to hate Heather. Heather is a perfectly nice girl. She's sweet and she's pure and she smells like daisies—she’s perfect, but I hate her. It's this humiliating thing to admit, but it's just true. I'm scared to see how people are going to react, because it isn't a good thing to think something like that, but I also think it's something that I've never really heard anyone admit. I'm sorry, Heather. You’re a wonderful person.” The song debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. Grab a box of tissues and check out his acoustic version of the song!
BlackPink is the strongest girl group of 2020 releasing their single "How You Like That" and announcing an album to follow this Fall. These fierce ladies are record breaking monsters this year with their single, including records such as the record for the most views within 24 hours for a music video, accumulating 86.3 million views, as well as records for fastest to 100 million and 200 million views, and quickly became one of the most-liked videos on YouTube with over 14 million likes.
The girls also had a surprise feature with the music legend Lady Gaga in a song called "Sour Candy" The song quickly rose to No. 33 on the Hot 100, giving the South Korean girl group their best placement on the charts. Both tracks spent two frames on the Hot 100 before disappearing, but they were just the appetizers, and it looks like 2020 is only going to get bigger and better for the band.
Later this month, BlackPink will release their new single, which so far doesn’t have a name yet. The track is already one of their most highly-anticipated drops of this year, and after looking at how well their previous two songs have performed on the Hot 100, there’s no reason to believe they’re not headed for another huge win. In the meantime check out the girls dance performance of "How You Like That".