Statistically Speaking

You’ve probably already heard the new single “Friday” by the young pop singer Rebecca Black. Her song and claim to fame are part of a larger trend in the music industry: the rise of tween singers. Music companies are looking for younger and younger talent — artists that are usually between 12 and 17 years old — to produce new hits. Let’s look at some young pop stars’ recent successes:

33 million: views of the music video "Friday" on YouTube

13: Justin Bieber's age when he first signed to his record label

2: peak position of Demi Lovato's song "This is Me" on Billboard's charts

12: Nick Jonas' age when he recorded his own solo album for Columbia records

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