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Mahmut Orhan's musical odyssey began when working at a sound studio as a teenager and quickly progressed to spinning tunes in Istanbul nightclubs. He then established himself as a formidable producer with “Age of Emotions”, an EDM instrumental wrapped around

The daughter of gospel icon Cissy Houston transformed R&B in the mid-'80s. An unbroken string of emotion-drenched ballads and upbeat, flirty dance-pop tunes set the standard for a generation of female singers trying to match her vocal firepower. Her fame

Before One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer, there was the Backstreet Boys, one of the most successful boy bands ever. They crafted a distinct, radio-ready sound that emphasized pitch-perfect vocal harmonies. Their sweet balladry, flowing suits, and pec-flexing dance

The full Jason Mraz experience is like a warm hug from a beloved old friend. His bright, folkish songs—with their little touches of jazz, rock, and soul—are dressed in comfortable classic-rock clothing, and his lyrics are crammed with well-spotted details

Rachel Platten is a singer-songwriter who grew up in Massachusetts. Her performance of 2015’s “Fight Song” on Good Morning America earned a Daytime Emmy, topped charts worldwide, and has become a staple of movies, TV shows, and sporting events. In

Melodies that gleam like festival lights, floor-shaking drops, sublime vocal hooks—Avicii was a master of hands-in-the-air EDM anthems. His music cuts between arena-scale house epics, hypnotic trance bangers, and crossover dance-pop smashes with the crowd-pumping skill of a killer DJ.

Growing up in Ireland, pianist Danny O'Donoghue and guitarist Mark Sheehan loved cutting-edge American pop and R&B, but they were also captivated by the power and drama of U2 and The Police. First coming together as The Script in 2001,

Krewella has become known as EDM's fiercest girl group, dropping battle cries over the heaviest of bass. The signature sound of sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf is one part pop-punk swagger, one part emo lyrics and a whole artillery of

One of the biggest-selling reggae artists of all time, Shaggy brought a sense of mischief to the genre with his sweet, catchy mainstream style. Born in Jamaica, the star migrated to Brooklyn as a teen and later joined the U.S.

England's Anne-Marie stormed the ‘10s charts with a slick but relatable package that blends rave-ready club bangers, searing vocal talent, and synth-heavy electro-pop. She revels in witty storytelling on “Boy,” its staccato hip-hop beats buffing up against her honeyed melodies,

A pop star in the mold of Michael Jackson—a consummate performer whose appeal seems to transcend genre and demographics—Usher has spent three decades in the spotlight with little sign of slowing down. Straddling club music (“Yeah!”), ballads (“Confessions Part II”),

Like their home base of Las Vegas, Imagine Dragons' alt-rock is big, bright, and a whole lot of fun. Their 2012 debut, Night Visions, quickly amassed a following—even among hip-hop and EDM fans—with arena anthems "Radioactive" and "Demons," which wobble

Miley Cyrus puts in overtime to be the most unpredictable star of her generation, and pop is all the better for it. The singer has poured the ups, downs, and utter weirdness of growing up famous into a string of

The mid-’90s pop-punk revolution built a bridge from Warped Tour to the Top 40, and few acts were as eager to cross over to the other side as Simple Plan. On their 2002 breakthrough, “I’m Just a Kid,” the Montreal

The queen of Christmas takes us on a magical journey to save Christmas after a tough year. With friends like Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Misty Copeland, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Billy Eichner, Tiffany Haddish, and Mykal-Michelle Harris, this is a

Born Amanda Ava Koci in Wisconsin (AVA MAX), she was raised by Albanian immigrant parents in Virginia. She started singing at a young age and was already active in singing competitions by the time she reached high school. After moving

Along with ABBA and Roxette, Ace of Base are one of the most famous Swedish pop acts of all time. Though the foursome's debut project was first titled Happy Nation in 1992, a re-release as The Sign a year later

Rihanna was introduced to the world by then Def Jam president JAY Z in 2005, and broke through with a demand on behalf of all the gals on the dance floor: Turn the music up. Since then, the Barbados-born pop

Blessed with one of pop's most astounding voices, Adele shot from unknown UK singer/songwriter to international star in the late '00s. Known for both her vintage style and her intense performances, she can let loose with the show-stopping power of

Mariah Carey is one of a kind. She's equally comfortable singing power pop ballads as she is churning out R&B hits, which is part of what's made her a mainstay on the charts for over 20 years. That versatility has

She first found fame singing in French as a teen, but it wasn't until Quebec's Céline Dion won '88's Eurovision Song Contest and released her first English LP, Unison, two years later that she became an international star. With a

P!nk is a fierce hard-rock goddess with the sassy-but-sweet heart of an R&B diva. She's also a dance-pop queen who tears up her glittering club jams with roaring punk riffs—and sounds like she's having a blast even when she's seriously

When Maroon 5 released their debut, Songs About Jane, in 2002, it was truly novel. Radio was riding out the boy-band explosion, dirgey modern rock was ubiquitous, and hip-hop hadn't quite taken over the mainstream. Fronted by the clean-cut Adam

Shakira stormed the Latin American charts before breaking through to a global audience with 2001's Laundry Service. Her English and Spanish-language hits pull together folk, rock, R&B, and Latin pop in a playlist that radiates star power. Get up close

The mid-’90s pop-punk revolution built a bridge from Warped Tour to the Top 40, and few acts were as eager to cross over to the other side as Simple Plan. On their 2002 breakthrough, “I’m Just a Kid,” the Montreal

Teenage Dream is the third studio album by American singer Katy Perry. It was released on August 24, 2010, through Capitol Records. Musically, the record contains songs in the genres of pop and rock, with influences of disco, electronic, funk,

Calvin Harris, Album: Motion. Whether it’s Big Sean’s provocative punchlines aboard the synthy bounce of “Open Wide” or HAIM’s glistening harmonies on “Pray to God”, Motion has the feel of a VIP pop party. But despite the bustling guest list—which

The Bob Marley biography provides a testament to the unparalleled influence of his artistry upon global culture. Since his passing on May 11, 1981, Bob Marley’s legend looms larger than ever, as evidenced by an ever-lengthening list of accomplishments attributable

Clean Bandit- Album: What Is Love? (Deluxe) Trained as classical musicians, British trio Clean Bandit aren’t afraid to experiment. Their 2014 debut, New Eyes, introduced a flair for genre-bending as they punctuated Mozart with surprising electronic beats and fused guest

Celebration is a befitting retrospective for the shapeshifting international icon: a double-length, 36-song greatest-hits collection. Every era, every reinvention, every musical nuance is captured here, from the '80s gleam of "Burning Up" and "Like a Virgin" to the ghetto-fab swagger

H&S Magazine's Best Artist Of The Week: Michael Jackson, Album: Number Ones, There are rare talents, and then there is Michael Jackson. Yes, the Indiana-born musical prodigy's albums sold like kitchen appliances in the ‘80s, but more importantly, the lifelong