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Evancho competed in the 2010 season of “America’s Got Talent.” She eventually made it all the way to the finals, and she placed second behind fellow musician Michael Grimm.
Her first release after the show was a Christmas EP, “O Holy Night,” which debuted at No. 2. She became the youngest solo artist ever to debut in the top 10.
Evancho released a full-length album in 2011, “Dream With Me,” which also debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart.
 
The 21-year-old singer has released eight albums over the course of her career, including two more Christmas albums. Most of her releases have been covers of operas, songs from musicals, and songs from films.
Evancho caused a stir when she performed at Trump’s inauguration in 2016, a decision that she called “not political” at the time. However, in 2019, when asked about the decision by Broadway World, she said she learned a lesson — “And that lesson for me was mainly if you have a bad gut feeling, and your team still pushes you to do something, don’t give in, don’t do it! That’s what I’ve learned.”
In 2020, Evancho competed on the third season of “The Masked Singer” as the Kitty. She placed fifth.
Carter released his self-titled debut album in 1997 at age 9. He recorded his second album, “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It),” three years later, at 12. During this time, he also began touring with his big brother’s band, the Backstreet Boys.
He released two more albums, 2001’s “Oh Aaron” and 2002’s “Another Earthquake!” Both reached the top 20.
In 2006, he and his family starred in the E! reality series “House of Carters,” which focused on the siblings trying to restart their musical careers.
Carter released his first album in 16 years, “LØVË,” in 2016. However, his musical endeavors have been overshadowed by his myriad legal and medical controversies.
He has entered rehab multiple times, and at one point weighed just 115 pounds. The 33-year-old also has a strained relationship with his family — he accused his late sister of sexual abuse, and Nick of unspecified abuse as well. In a tweet, Nick said he obtained a restraining order against Aaron after he said he’d fantasized about stabbing Nick’s pregnant wife. Aaron denied he’d said that.
Carter created an OnlyFans account in March 2020.
In August 2021, Variety reported he’d be joining the Las Vegas production of “Naked Boys Singing!,” an hour-long gay musical revue, but within two weeks, the producers said they had asked for his resignation.
JoJo’s 2004 self-titled debut and her 2006 follow-up “The High Road” contain iconic 2000s jams like “Leave (Get Out)” and “Too Little Too Late” — and she was just a teenager when she recorded them. Both albums were huge successes, and “Leave” ended up earning her the title of “the youngest female solo artist to have a number-one single in the United States.”
She also dabbled in acting, and starred in movies like “RV” and “Aquamarine.”
After “The High Road,” JoJo was unable to release a full-length album due to label disputes. She independently released two EPs, “Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Agápē,” in 2010 and 2012, respectively. JoJo released her third album, “Mad Love,” in 2016, and subsequently left her label again.
The 30-year-old re-recorded her first two albums in 2018, which are the versions available to stream today, after getting out of her old contract. In May 2020, she released her fourth album, “Good to Know,” to critical acclaim, and in December 2020, she released a holiday album, “December Baby.”
In 2021, she appeared as the Black Swan on the fifth season of “The Masked Singer,” finishing in second place.
Bieber began uploading videos of himself performing under the YouTube username “kidrauhl” — most famously, a cover of the Chris Brown song “With You.” He was 13 years old when he was discovered by Scooter Braun and mentored by Usher.
Bieber released his debut single, “One Time,” in 2009. It quickly started a phenomenon called “Bieber Fever,” and he skyrocketed to one of the most famous teenagers (and people) in the world.
His first album, “My World 2.0,” debuted at the top of the charts, making him the youngest solo male act to top the chart since Stevie Wonder in 1963. He was 16.
As many child stars do, Bieber went through an extremely public rough patch — he was arrested for a DUI, regularly appeared in tabloids for various scandalous activities (insulting Bill Clinton, getting papped without any clothes on, his up-and-down relationship with Selena Gomez, etc.), and struggled with substance abuse.
His first rebound began with 2015’s “Purpose,” which became a smash hit — though he canceled the tour due to exhaustion. In 2017, he appeared on a remix of the Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi song “Despacito.” It eventually topped the charts and became the first mostly Spanish-language Hot 100 No. 1 since the “Macarena” in 1996.
The 27-year-old released his first album in five years, “Changes,” in 2020. Many of the songs focus on his new wife, Hailey Bieber. In March 2021, he released his sixth studio album, “Justice,” on which he controversially sampled Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches. It topped the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Usher’s self-titled debut album peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard 200. It attracted some controversy, as he was a teenager singing about mature topics. However, his reputation only grew, and by 1997, he had earned his first platinum single, “You Make Me Wanna…,” and his first No. 1 song, “Nice & Slow.”
Also as a teen, he appeared on a few soundtracks for movies like “Poetic Justice” and “Kazaam.”
In 1997, he made his acting debut in an episode of “Moesha” alongside fellow child star Brandy, and he appeared in movies “The Faculty” and “She’s All That.”
Usher’s 2004 album, “Confessions,” solidified his legacy as one of the top-selling artists of the 2000s. It was the best-selling album of the year, as well. The singer was just 26 at the time — he’d come a long way in 10 years. He released five singles from the album, and all but “Caught Up” (the fifth) hit the top of the Hot 100.
In 2010, with the song “OMG,” Usher became the first 2010s artist to earn a No. 1 song in three consecutive decades, and only the fourth artist ever to do it.
In total, Usher, 42, has released eight albums, most recently 2016’s “Hard II Love.” It debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and was originally only streamable on Tidal, which he co-owns.
In July, he started a Las Vegas residency. He also told The Associated Press that he’s ready to drop the sequel to “Confessions” later this year.
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