Kendick Lamar, J. Cole, Drake, Miguel & More Make Forbes’ “30 Under 30″ Musicians List

Forbes has officially released their 3rd annual “30 Under 30″ list. The list names 30 people within a certain field (ie sports, movies, science, law, marketing) under the age of 30 who have proven to be the most ambitious. Some of the artists names top 30 under 30 Musicians by Forbes include Kendrick Lamar, Justin Bieber, Drake, Miguel, J. Cole and many more. Check out who else made the list after the jump!

Bruno Mars – 28 [age]

When halftime rolls around at Super Bowl XLVIII, it’s safe to say Bruno Mars won’t be worried about the score. “Hawaii doesn’t have a team, so I bounce around,” says the Honolulu native. “I go for the underdog.” That term hardly describes Mars, who will play the halftime show in the tradition of Paul McCartney, U2, Michael Jackson and other music legends. Mars is the first artist in 10 years to headline before turning 30, but he’s already got two platinum albums and 14 past Grammy nominations (including one win), with four new ones this year. His best preparation for the upcoming performance at MetLife Stadium may have been hosting Saturday Night Live in 2012, despite having about as much experience with sketch comedy as Hawaii has with snow. Says Mars: “You gotta be fearless, man. … If I’m ever gonna sing in a blizzard, it may as well be at the Super Bowl.” To listen to Mars’ curated playlist, created exclusively for FORBES’ 30 Under 30, go to

Avicii – 24 [age]
By the time the young Swede launched his first album, True, in September 2013, he was already a household name. His electronic crossover single “Wake Me Up” became a summer anthem, and he’s been earning six figures per DJ gig.

Justin Bieber – 19 [age]

After appearing on the cover of FORBES in 2012, the world’s most famous teenager launched a new album and a world tour. “I’m trying to make music that’s a little bit more mature and that can appeal to all ages,” he said. Meanwhile, recent publicity gaffes haven’t stopped him from earning $113 million in the last two years.

J. Cole – 28 [age]

Jay Z’s first signing at Roc Nation is now a hip-hop force in his own right. Sophomore album Born Sinner debuted at No. 2 on the charts with sales of 297,000, nearly matching Kanye West’s Yeezus. Now grossing six figures per night on his world tour, Cole is here to stay.

Miley Cyrus – 21 [age]

Don’t be fooled: the former Disney idol’s VMA twerk-fest wasn’t an impromptu lapse in judgment, but part of a concerted plan to destroy the last vestiges of Hannah Montana and introduce Cyrus as a grown pop star. New album Bangerz sold 270,000 copies its opening week.

Donnie Dinch – 29 [age]
Founder, WillCall

This designer-turned-CEO has plans to take the $24 billion live music industry mobile. With more than $2.1 million in seed funding from billionaire Sean Parker, music mogul Coran Capshaw and Airbnb cofounder Joe Gebbia, he’s well on his way.

Drake – 27 [age]

The former Degrassi star has pulled in over $30 million in the past two years, boosted by live shows and endorsements with the likes of Sprite and Kodak. Look for him to build on that with his latest arena tour in support of new album Nothing Was The Same.

Derrick Fung – 26 [age]
Founder, Tunezy

The former banker launched social record label Tunezy, where fans can follow, promote and buy from their favorite musicians, in 2011. Electronic music promoter SFX bought it for a seven-figure sum in November 2013; Fung remains CEO.

Calvin Harris – 29 [age]

The world’s highest-paid DJ gets six-figure nightly fees plus additional cash producing for pop stars like Rihanna. “The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years,” he tells FORBES. “I happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

Hunter Hayes – 22 [age]

The pop-country crossover crooner makes his 30 Under 30 debut after touring with Carrie Underwood and notching three Grammy nominations last year. He’s currently working on new material for his second studio album.

Kim Kaupe – 28 [age]
Cofounder, ‘ZinePak

Along with co-founder Brittany Hodak, 30, Kaupe launched this music merchandizing startup in 2011. Since then, they’ve created custom memorabilia for artists from Toby Keith to Katy Perry; revenues have surged to $6 million, up from $2.6 million last year.

Lady Gaga – 27 [age]

It’s hard to top showing up to the Grammys in an egg, but Gaga did just that with the launch of new album ARTPOP, debuting a flying dress and announcing plans to perform in outer space in 2015. With $80 million in earnings last year, she’s the world’s second highest-paid musician.

Kendrick Lamar – 26 [age]

Dr. Dre‘s latest protégé earned $9 million last year after releasing smash hit Good Kid, m.A.A.d City and playing over 100 live shows. Better yet: he earned seven Grammy nominations, more than any other artist besides Jay Z.

Ryan Lewis – 25 [age]

Along with rapper Macklemore, 30, Lewis is part of a duo that made hip-hop history with 2012’s The Heist. The album spawned marriage-equality anthem “Same Love” and smash single “Thrift Shop” en route to sales in excess of 1 million units.

Lorde – 17 [age]

The youngest name in the music category, New Zealand’s biggest star has rocketed to mainstream acclaim with debut album Pure Heroine and unexpected hit “Royals.” She’s already cashing in with a $2.5 million publishing deal, and more is undoubtedly on the way.

Miguel – 28 [age]

A relative late bloomer in the music world, the California native finally broke through with last year’s Kaleidoscope Dream, which debuted at No. 3 on the charts and earned him five Grammy nominations. He won Best R&B Song for “Adorn.”

Janelle Monae – 28 [age]

The funky songstress earned rave reviews for sophomore album The Electric Lady in September 2013, featuring rare guest appearances by Prince and Erykah Badu. She continues to pad her coffers with low six-figure grosses on the road.

One Direction – 19, 20, 20, 20, 22 [ages]

The world’s biggest boy band continues to cash in on the road, grossing over $1 million per city en route to $42 million in earnings over the past year. More good fortune is on the way with additional gigs all around the world and the band’s third studio album, Midnight Memories.

Wilson Owens – 28 [age]
Cofounder, Royalty Exchange

Since its launch last year, Wilson’s Royalty Exchange has auctioned over $1 million worth of copyrights, including songs performed by Whitney Houston, Travis Tritt and Snoop Dogg. The idea seems to be catching on: Royalty Exchange raised a $2.1 million Series A in July.

Jordan Passman – 27 [age]
Founder, Score-A-Score

Musicians are too often without work–as was Passman in 2009. To solve both problems, he created ScoreAScore, which allows brands (Google, Pizza Hut, Verizon and more) to offer gigs composing music for ads, trailers and the like. Passman gets 40%–not bad, given total sales of about $800,000 this year.

Katy Perry - 29 [age]

After joining Michael Jackson as the only artist to have five No. 1 singles from the same album, Perry launched her follow-up, Prism, in October 2013. The record sold 286,000 copies in its opening week, the best debut of her career. Next up: a world tour in 2014.

Rihanna – 25 [age]

The Barbados-born diva has released a new album nearly every year since her 2005 debut. This year, she earned $43 million, boosted by nightly grosses around $1 million per night on her Diamonds tour and endorsements with Vita Coco, Nivea and her fragrance Reb’l Fleur.

Peter Asbill, Elliott Breece – 29, 29 [ages]
Cofounders, Songza

Along with cofounders Elias Roman (second from right) and Eric Davich (far left), both 30, this team has raised $6.7 million from Amazon and others thanks to Songza’s novel, concierge-like approach to music streaming. The service boasts 5 million active monthly users and is challenging the likes of iHeartRadio despite having a fraction of the budget.

James “J” Sider – 29 [age]
Founder, BandPage

Sider’s BandPage allows some 500,000 musicians–including Rihanna and Jimi Hendrix–to maintain online presences across web platforms like Facebook. That model has brought the San Francisco-based company about $19 million in funding.

Allen Stone – 26 [age]

With his librarian glasses and tangled blond locks, Stone doesn’t look like someone who’d ever be compared to Marvin Gaye. But he has, thanks to “Unaware,” which has garnered millions of YouTube views, propelling him to the late night talk show circuit and a record deal with Capitol.

Taylor Swift – 24 [age]

Still riding the success of her latest album, Red–which moved 1.2 million units its opening week, the best debut since 2002–Swift pulled in $55 million over the past year. The bulk of that comes from touring, but she also earns from endorsements with Diet Coke, Sony and Covergirl.

Sam Tarantino, Josh Greenberg – 27, 26 [ages]
Cofounders, Grooveshark

Despite record labels’ attempts to sue the duo’s Grooveshark out of existence, the streaming service is still rocking with more than 20 million monthly users. That’s enough to make the company a serious force in the music landscape, regardless of its considerable legal issues.

Alex White – 27 [age]
Cofounder, Next Big Sound

A former Universal Music Group intern, White founded Next Big Sound to put analytics at the fingertips of artists and managers–in other words, Moneyball for music. He’s raised $6.5 million from the likes of IA Ventures and Foundry Group.

Wiz Khalifa – 26 [age]

“My flow’s so sick you might want to absorb this,” the Pittsburgh native rapped last year. “Best believe every year young Khalifa gonna make that Forbes list.” He has, for the third consecutive year, while raking in $14 million from strong sales of his music, merch and concert tickets.

Zedd – 24 [age]

Born in Russia and raised in Germany, the DJ/producer is one of the hottest names in the burgeoning electronic music scene. That’s given him plenty of pop appeal, too: He’s crafted tracks for listmates Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

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Mando posted this on January 10th, 2014 in : GeneralMagazinesRandom