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Who's Billboard's hottest artist under 21?

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Billboard.com is honoring music's underage superstars. They've released a list of 21 artists who can headline concerts but not legally drink.

One Direction

Warning, you may feel old after reading this article. Billboard.com has announced the hottest 21 artists under 21. The list contains a mix of veterans and up-and-comers, but the top three are mainstays. Between Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and One Direction, who do you think came out on top?

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If it was a few years ago, Cyrus or Bieber would have been the obvious choice. But they're no longer music's golden geese. One Direction surpassed both of them to occupy the top spot. Among the five of them, their ages range from 19 to 21 years old. Over the past year, they've put in some serious work.

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One Direction's sophomore album Take Me Home was an international chart-topper. It made them the only UK group to have their first two albums debut at number one on Billboard's Hot 100. They also released a 3-D film, This Is Us, which has grossed $62 million thus far. They've also had six songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That's more than any other group this year. They really are in a league of their own.

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Check out the full list below:

  1. One Direction
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Miley Cyrus
  4. Ariana Grande
  5. Earl Sweatshirt
  6. Lorde
  7. Austin Mahone
  8. Scotty McCreery
  9. Cody Simpson
  10. Emblem3
  11. Cher Lloyd
  12. Chief Keef
  13. Bridgit Mendler
  14. Miguelito
  15. Joey Bada$$
  16. Tori Kelly
  17. Martin Garrix
  18. Mindless Behavior
  19. Matty B.
  20. Lee Hi
  21. Fifth Harmony

What do you think of this year's stars?

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