Five Breakout Artists of 2011

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5.) Hot Chelle Rae
Hot Chelle Rae have been playing since 2005, but this was the banner year for the Nashville pop-rockers. Their smash hit single "Tonight, Tonight" put them on the national landscape of modern pop greats, and they followed with "I Like it Like That," just a few months later, giving the Pop world a one-two punch that could not be denied!
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4.) Jessie J
Having written songs for superstars like Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus, it should come as no surprise that when Jessie J started her performing career the results would be stellar! Her debut single "Do it Like a Dude" tore up the charts in her native UK, but it was her collaboration with B.o.B. "Price Tag" that really got her noticed stateside.
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3.) Foster The People
"Pumped Up Kicks" became one of last year's biggest internet hits, and Foster the People made the most of the popularity, using the viral smash to catapult from indie pop darlings to Top 40 stars-in-the-making! With only two years under their belt, the young band was primed for more mainstream success with three follow-up singles off their debut album Torches.
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2.) Christina Perri
2.) Christina Perri
Christina hit the scene in 2010 with her hit single "Jar of Hearts," but this amazing young singer really hit the spotlight in 2011, with songs featured everywhere from GLEE to Dancing With the Stars, and she was even tapped to record "A Thousand Years" for the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn soundtrack! Christina may be young, but she stood shoulder-to-shoulder with greats like Kelly Clarkson and Gavin DeGraw at our All-Star Christmas concert earlier this month... and lots of fans thought she put on the best performance of the night!!
1.) Andy Grammer
1.) Andy Grammer
A year ago, Andy was performing on the streets of Santa Monica, but then his first single "Keep Your Head Up" caught on like wildfire, first online and then on radio stations across the nation. One of the catchiest songs of the year, Grammer's first big hit is a perfect song for the times-- embraced by the New Optimism movement, "Keep Your Head Up" is a reminder of how even in times of economic turmoil and so many global problems, there should always be room to stay positive.
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