Charice claims 4th spot in Billboard's List of "Music's Hottest Minors"

Charice makes it to Billboard's List of 21 under 21: Music's Hottest Minors. The 18-year-old "Gleek" and recording artist bested other international acts like Nick Jonas, Miley Cyrus, the Korean all-girl group Wonder Girls, and Sean Kingston, to corner the 4th spot overall.


Filipino singing sensation Charice continues to gain international attention following her debut on the popular American musical comedy-drama series Glee last September 21.

The 18-year-old singer cornered the fourth spot in Billboard's List of 21 under 21: Music's Hottest Minors, right behind country pop singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, Canadian teenage heartthrob Justin Bieber, and actress-singer Selena Gomez.

Charice's inclusion in the list was attributed to her association with American television talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who strongly supported the young singer's international aspirations by constantly inviting her to perform on Oprah.

Being part of the 2010 Golden Globe Awards winner Glee, however, sealed Charice's status as one of the hottest young stars with the "potential to rule the pop culture zeitgeist over the next 12 months."

The write-up went further, "Credit the Queen of All Media [Oprah Winfrey] for plucking the Filipina sensation from obscurity two years ago and introducing her to Celine Dion. The hype finally paid off this spring, when Charice debuted in the Billboard 200 top 10 with her first U.S. album. But it's Fox's high school musical hit, on which she now plays a foreign exchange student with killer pipes to match Rachel Berry's, where Charice will show millions of Gleeks that she can out-sing the best of them."

Completing the Billboard's roster are: Soulja Boy (5), Nick Jonas (6), Willow Smith (7), Demi Lovato (8), Greyson Chance (9), Miley Cyrus (10), Lex Luger (11), Taylor Momsen (12), Chris Colfer (13), Miranda Cosgrove (14), Diggy Simmons (15), Wonder Girls (16), Never Shout Never (17), New Boyz (18), Nikki Yanofsky (19), Cody Simpson (20), and Sean Kingston (21).

Charice's successful Glee debut also propelled two of the songs she performed in the musical series to the iTunes Top 10 list in the United States.

Her solo rendition of Beyonce Knowles's "Listen" currently occupies the 8th spot, while "Telephone"—the song performed by Charice and Glee regular Lea Michelle during a campus restroom scene—clinches the 2nd spot.

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