It’s Pop Week here at MTV News, and that means we’re catching up with and getting to know everyone who’s going to make a splash in pop music and culture over the next 12 months. Whether they’re just arriving on the scene or are already the name on everyone’s lips, these are the artists we expect big things from in 2009. Are you ready?
You know how when a new kid rolls into town, everyone wants to know every detail about his life? Well, we here at MTV News are filling you in on the new guys to hit the pop scene in 2009. You may have heard of some of them, but as the year progresses, you are definitely going to hear more. They are each planning their takeovers of Hollywood and the music industry. Now that we’ve covered the Female Pop Rookies of 2009 , here come the dudes:
[movieperson id="1064602"]Frankie Jonas[/movieperson]
You might have heard of his older siblings from that little group called the Jonas Brothers, but 8-year-old Frankie, a.k.a. “Bonus Jonas,” isn’t going to let those guys get all the fame and fortune. And they don’t mind him tagging along for the ride. He’ll star alongside Nick, Joe and Kevin on the small screen in the boys’ new Disney series “J.O.N.A.S.,” set to debut later this year. He’ll also be hitting the big screen, once again with his brothers, for the film “Walter the Farting Dog.” He’s even got his sights set on a music career. “He’s always telling us [about] his band he’s making. … He’s always saying, ‘You guys are going to open for me,’ ” Joe said on “TRL” last summer. “He’s a funny little guy.”
[movieperson id="440529"]Lucas Grabeel[/movieperson]
If you ask his “High School Musical” castmates, they’ll tell you that Lucas is the one guy in the cast with enough chops to someday win an Oscar. With his work in the “HSM” franchise over, he’s moving on to roles that may help him meet that goal. He recently co-starred in “Milk.” He’s also hard at work on an album, and he’s looking to get more experience on the business end of things by starting his own production company. But it’s his latest role, as a dancing ninja, that might really get people talking. “I’ve just recently started working on this film called ‘The Legend of the Dancing Ninja,’ where I combine some dancing skills as well as learn a lot of fight and kung fu skills,” he said. “All these kung fu masters were trying to bestow their wisdom on me.”
[movieperson id="1011149"]Dave Franco[/movieperson]
His smoldering older brother, James, has been setting hearts aflutter since playing Daniel Desario on “Freaks and Geeks,” and now Dave is looking to get in on the action. He’s already hit up the small screen on shows like “Privileged,” “Do Not Disturb” and “Greek,” and he’s starred in some very funny Funny or Die videos alongside James. In 2009, he’s set to star in a few films, including “The Shortcut” and “Bad Meat.” The more Francos, the merrier.
[movieperson id="435456"]Mitchel Musso[/movieperson]
In 2009, Mitchel Musso is “looking so good.” MTV News visited him on the set of his video for “The In Crowd,” and he said he felt “very blessed.” The actor/singer will reprise his role as Oliver in the “Hannah Montana” movie, due in April. And he hopes to eventually move out of the Disney bubble and break through to top-40 radio. “I mean, I love Disney, [but] there hasn’t been that one male solo artist,” he said. “Hopefully I can break through that. I think my music’s more mature.”
[movieperson id="1017548"]Jackson Rathbone[/movieperson]
He has “New Moon” all lined up for later this year, so he can milk this “Twilight” franchise for all it’s worth. But Jackson’s got a lot more going for him than just vampires: He also has a band, 100 Monkeys, that’s planning to release two albums this year. And maybe if things work out, he can get his co-star Robert Pattinson in on the act. “We’ve jammed with Rob quite a bit at the house,” he told MTV News. “We have some recordings that we’re never going to release, but yeah, he plays. Maybe he’ll make a guest appearance someday, but the kid has a really busy schedule these days.” On top of his career as a rock star, he’s also hard at work on several films, including “S. Darko,” “Dread,” “Hurt” and “The Last Airbender.” “It’s just an action-packed, epic film,” he said of M. Night Shyamalan’s “Airbender.” “I’m starting to do martial-arts training, which is going to be so much fun. It’s such a mythical world. We get to go to Asia, go film abroad.”