They came, we saw, they conquered. These words best describe teen pop sensations. Every generation has one. We hold their words sacred and fill our rooms with their posters.
Many of us older ones may have forgotten who our teen icons were, but here are the top five teen pop icons we've seen in recent times:
1. Justin Bieber
Ask any fifteen-year-old who Justin Bieber is, and the teen will tell you not only his name but also his birthday and maybe even the last school he attended. They could also tell you his favorite food (spaghetti and meatballs), his favorite color (purple for shirts, blue for surrounds), as well as his shoe size (7)).
Justin Bieber was discovered by the world when he was just twelve years old. His mom, Pattie, posted video clips of him on YouTube, which were then found by a marketing executive of a record label. From there, Justin was given collaborative projects with Usher, and later with Justin Timberlake, to produce several songs. So began the young singer's journey to be the teen icon he has become today.
In less than five years, Justin Bieber's first album "My World 2.0" sold more than 5 million albums worldwide. He is also the youngest male performer, after the then 13-year-old Stevie Wonder, to score a number 1 album in Billboard 200. His YouTube clips have reached a staggering 2.2 billion views.
Today, Justin Bieber has over 40 million Facebook and Twitter fans. And with the release of his Never Say Never documentary documentary, the pop teen icon has added to his belt the highest grossing concert film in US history since 1984.
2. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is best known for her role as Miley Stewart / Hannah Montana in Disney Channel's TV show Hannah Montana. Her character as a girl with a teen celebrity secret identity has made her a teen icon in real life. And with her success came two full-length movies: "Hannah Montana: The Movie" and "The Last Song", as well as a voice-over role in the animated film "Bolt".
Miley Cyrus is a successful musician as well. Her single "The Climb" reached the 4th spot in the US Billboard Hot 100, while the pop song "Party in the USA" peaked at number 2 in the same US Hot 100 charts.
3. The Jonas Brothers
The Jonas Brothers actually started as just Nick Jonas, the youngest of the three brothers that make up the group. (There is a fourth brother, Frankie, who is eight years younger than Nick.) Nick was being groomed for a solo singing career, but the producer heard his brothers sing them back together for him and thought they sounded better together. Thus, the iconic boy band was formed.
The siblings have made appearances in several Disney Channel originals, including "Hannah Montana" and "Camp Rock" .In 2008, the album "A Little Bit Longer" won them a nomination at the Grammy's for the Best New Artist category. In the Teen's Choice Awards, the Jonas brothers have won 14 awards between 2008 and 2010.
The Jonas Brothers are also well known for their advocacy against premarital sex. Each of them wears a purity ring, which symbolizes their promise of sexual absence until after marriage.
4. Pixie Lott
Pixie Lott is a British singer-songwriter. She is also an actress and a dancer. This teen pop icon started her career in 2005 by appearing in the West End musical "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and on BBC One's "The Sound of Music" as Louisa Von Trapp.
Lott was 14 years old at that time.
In 2009, Pixie Lott released her first album "Turn It Up". Her first single "Mama Do" was released in MySpace and YouTube and was seen by three million viewers. The song peaked at the UK Singles Chart at number one position – to her utmost surprise.
Pixie Lott released several more singles. Her album has sold over 600,000 copies in the UK alone and has received a double-platinum in 2010.
Hanson is composed of brothers Isaac, Zac, and Taylor Hanson. The group may be out of the spotlight today, but in the 1990s, they were huge !
The Hanson brothers are best known for their smashing hit single, "MMMBop", which earned them a double nomination at the 40th Grammy Awards. Their album "Middle of Nowhere" sold 10 million copies all over the world.
Their big success, however, was short lived. Their next studio album, "This Time Around," only sold a million copies. Nonetheless, the group still records and still achieves limited success. To date, they have sold more than 15 million records worldwide. In 2010, they released the album entitle "Shout It Out", which debuted at number 30 in the US Billboard 200 and has peaked at number 2 in the US Billboard Top Independent Albums.