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  • Taylor Swift’s mother named her ‘Taylor’ because she didn’t want people knowing her gender just by reading her name 
  • Taylor Swift’s grandmother was a professional opera singer, which inspired her from a young age
  • At age 11, Taylor Swift performed at a Philadelphia 76ers game and sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 
  • At age 12, a computer repairman taught Taylor Swift how to play three chords on the guitar, which inspired her to learn to play the guitar and start songwriting
  • Taylor Swift can play the guitar, piano, ukulele, electric guitar, and banjo



  • American rapper, Isis Gaston, is known professionally as Ice Spice
  •  Ice Spice grew up in The Bronx, New York City
  • Ice Spice rose to prominence in late 2022 with her song “Munch (Feelin’ U)”
  • Ice Spice began her career in 2021 after meeting record producer RIOTUSA while attending SUNY Purchase
  • Ice Spice’s musical genre consists of Drill music, Trap music & Hip/Hop/Rap 



  • Brent Faiyaz started making music when he was 12 years old 
  • Brent Faiyaz rose to prominence after he was featured on the GoldLink single “Crew” alongside Shy Glizzy in 2016, which was certified 6× Platinum by the RIAA
  • Brent Faiyaz was born in Maryland but calls L.A. home
  • Brent Faiyaz says he takes inspiration from movies 
  • Brent named his band (and solo album) after a tattoo. The word “sonder” means “the realization that each random passerby lives a life as vivid and complex as your own” 



  • Libianca Kenzonkinboum Fonji is known mononymously as Libianca
  • Libianca is a Cameroonian-American Afrobeats singer
  • Libianca competed in the twenty-first season of American TV show The Voice in 2021
  • Libianca is best known for her 2022 breakout single “People”, which was inspired by her cyclothymia
  • Libianca has 12.2M monthly listeners on Spotify 



  • Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West have more than 40 songs together, even though they have not all been released yet 
  • Kendrick Lamar is from Compton, Los Angeles 
  • The original title of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ was ‘Tu Pimp A Caterpillar’ 
  • Kendrick Lamar was on the set of the video shoot for Tupac and Dr Dre’s ‘California Love’ 
  • Kendrick Lamar won three Grammy’s at the 2023 Grammy Awards 



  • Andrae Hugh Sutherland is famously known as Popcaan 
  • In 2008, Popcaan joined Vybz Kartel’s Gaza Music Empire
  • In 2010, Popcaan released his breakthrough international hit “Clarks” with Kartel, an ode to the popular shoe brand
  • Popcaan is the only dancehall artist to win the MOBO Awards for two years in a row
  • Popcaan’s affinity for music manifested from an early age



  • Ayra Starr’s real name is Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe
  • Ayra Starr chose the Arabic name, “Ayra,” meaning honorable and respected
  • During her college years, Ayra Starr was bullied for her appearance and decided to counter the feelings she experienced from being taunted by turning to music
  • Ayra Starr began a fashion career at the age of 16 with Quove Model Management before deciding to pursue her musical career properly
  • Ayra Starr is signed to Mavin Records 



  • Chloe is best known for being one half of the musical duo Chloe x Halle with her sister Halle Bailey
  • Chloe starred in the hit show ‘Grownish’ 


  • Chloe, together with her sister Halle Bailey won the Radio Disney’s The Next Big Thing in December 2012 


  • Chloe is signed to Beyonce’s management company, ‘Parkwood Entertainment’ 
  • When Chloe was 4 years old, she played little Beyoncé on the set of The Fighting Temptations



  • Symere Bysil Woods is known professionally as Lil Uzi Vert
  • Lil Uzi Vert is ‘obsessed’ with Marilyn Manson and cites him as their  greatest inspiration
  • Lil Uzi Vert developed an interest in rapping after listening to Marilyn Manson and Kanye 808.
  • Lil Uzi Vert has a tongue tattoo of a cross 
  • Lil Uzi’s first studio album was released in August 2017 



  • Coi Leray began posting music to SoundCloud and released her single “Huddy”, along with her debut mixtape Everythingcoz in 2018
  • Coi Leray is the daughter of rapper and media mogul Benzino, and has five brothers
  • Coi Leray started making music at age 14
  • At age 16, Coi Leray dropped out of high school and started working in sales
  • Coi Leray appeared in the movie ‘Secrets of the Magic City’ 



  • Maroon 5’s Adam Levine Is Ambidextrous
  • In high school, the band was originally called Kara’s Flowers before they became Maroon 5
  • Maroon 5 features members Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden, James Valentine and PJ Morton
  • Maroon 5 writes their own music 
  • Maroon 5 have been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards 



  • PinkPantheress is an English singer, songwriter, and record producer.
  • PinkPantheress’ songs include samples of music from the 1990s and 2000s
  • PinkPantheress is signed to Parlophone and Elektra Records 
  • PinkPantheress’s song “Pain” went viral on TikTok in January 2021 and peaked at number 35 on the UK Singles Chart in August 2021
  • PinkPantheress’s stage name comes from one of her favourite movie, ‘The Pink Panther’ 



  • Tyla is a South African singer and songwriter from Johannesburg
  • Many people call Tyla the ‘Pop Princess of South Africa’ 
  • Tyla has mentioned that she would like to work with artists such as Doja Cat and Burna Boy 
  • Tyla has coined the term ‘popiano’ to define her blend of amapiano and pop music 
  • Tyla’s song ‘Overdue’ was released as part of the soundtrack for the popular Netflix original drama series, Blood & Water



  • Ariana Grande’s name is inspired by Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat
  • Ariana Grande’s favourite colour is lavender
  • Ariana Grande’s fandom are called Arianators
  • Ariana Grande meditates on a daily basis 
  • Ariana Grande is known for her four-octave range



  • Jeremy Biddle is known professionally as Yung Bleu and Bleu Vandross
  • Bleu is best known for his 2020 single “You’re Mines Still”, which peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 after it was remixed by Drake
  • Bleu started making music in 2013 
  • Bleu began rapping at the age of 11 
  • Bleu says that he is a fan of the Amapiano

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