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?
Yeah, we all know who Miley Cyrus is, but there's a whole slew of up-and-coming pop princesses poised to break through. Some are triple threats, some are just focused on acting or singing, but if they plan it just right, these ladies could dethrone Miley and become America's new "it" girl.
Actress/singer Miranda Cosgrove is excited about the new episodes of her Nickelodeon series, "iCarly." "I'm doing more crazy stuff," the 15-year-old revealed. "Also, I have a boyfriend [played by Drew Roy], finally. He's really cute and nice. He drives a motorcycle. It's kind of funny 'cause my character is so sweet."
When she's not busy working on her TV show, Cosgrove is in the studio working on her album, due out this year, for which she's hooked up with famous pop producers the Matrix and Dr. Luke.
"It's definitely different getting to be a part of the writing process," she said about recording the album. "Most of the songs are fun pop-rock girl empowerment. There's one ballad that's kind of sad."
Before landing the role of fashion prodigy Jenny Humphrey on "Gossip Girl," Momsen popped up on the scene in films like "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Paranoid Park." Now, the 15-year-old is making a name for herself as a real-life fashionista, hitting up red carpets in both Los Angeles and New York.
This 22-year-old starlet has a bunch of movies coming out this year, guaranteeing her lots of face time and a big opportunity to gain some "it"-girl points. Having done everything from thrillers to dramas and worked with everyone from Daniel Day-Lewis to the Jonas Brothers on their "Lovebug" video, the "10,000 BC" star has proven she isn't afraid to take risks with her career.
On her slate this year: Bruce Willis' directorial debut "Three Stories About Joan," the sexy "A Deriva" (made in her mother's native Brazil) and "Push," co-starring Dakota Fanning.
She's the newest addition to the Nickelodeon pantheon of stars with her show "True Jackson, VP," but you may recognize 15-year-old Palmer from films like "The Longshots" and "Akeelah and the Bee." Palmer released an R&B album, So Uncool, back in 2007, but as she showed off to MTV News at the premiere of "Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh," the Keke has rhyming skills she might be ready to unleash on the world soon.
This year, we'll also see her in the upcoming hip-hop film "Vapors" and "Shrink," co-starring Kevin Spacey.
After promising to "be on tour for the next 10, 20 years," Lady Gaga won't be leaving the public eye anytime soon. The 22-year-old Grammy nominee describes her music and live shows as a hybrid of "Andy Warhol concept, pop performance art, multimedia, fashion, technology, video [and] film," adding that when she hits the road in 2009, "it's going to be a traveling museum show."
Her album, The Fame, has been a worldwide hit, and having worked with artists like the Pussycat Dolls and possibly even influencing Christina Aguilera's current look, Gaga is already a tour de force.