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The Album: 9 Lives
LISTEN: Click below to hear her song "Whine Up."
The 411: She's a classically trained opera singer who says her parents' divorce 10 years ago inspired her. "It sounds horrible, but I thank my parents for splitting," says the 19-year-old, who grew up in New Jersey and the Dominican Republic. "I became a songwriter out of that." But her album isn't sad opera music – her first single is a sassy dance track.
On Singing in Two Languages: "In Spanish, it's more passionate ... in English I feel like I'm taking over."
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The Album: The Voice of the Young People, due this fall
LISTEN: Click here for "Lip Gloss."
The 411: Her first single is an ode to lip gloss. "I like pink, hot pink and light pink," says Lil' Mama, 17, of her favorite colors. But the New York rapper's debut isn't only skin deep. "I'm a leader of the youth," she says, and as a lyricist, she doesn't use bad words to set an example for her siblings – all seven of them.
Dishing on Avril: "When I met her [to work on the "Girlfriend" remix] she was calm, cool and collected and I'm hyperactive. It was a perfect combination."
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The Album: Exclusive, due this fall
LISTEN: Click here for "Wall to Wall."
The 411: The Grammy nominee, who's just 18, follows up his self-titled debut with something for everyone. "I got a couple of joints on there for some of the older people," he's said.
Bonus TMI Fact: "Sometimes I'll bite my nails and they'll look real bad so I'll get a manicure, but I'm still a boy so I don't really like doing that."
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The Album: Make Sure They See My Face,
LISTEN: Click below to hear his song "Out of Control."
The 411: Born in Ethiopia and raised in the U.S., Kenna, 29, is pals with production super duo The Neptunes and has toured with Justin Timberlake. "Songs really come out of experiences that I don't even know I've been affected by," says the songwriter.
Bonus TMI Fact: "Every Ethiopian kid has a gabi. It's a blanket that is made from raw cotton ... I always have my gabi with me."
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The Album: Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus,
LISTEN: Click below to hear her song "Rock Star."
The 411: The double-disc soundtrack for the Disney Channel's second season of Hannah Montana does with music what Cyrus, 14, does on her show about a high schooler who's secretly a rock star. "It's got a Hannah Montana side and a Miley Cyrus side," she says. "Fans are getting a whole full set of sound."
Her Summer Plans: "Bike rides, swimming and hanging out by the pool."
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The Album: Lost in the Lights, due in September
LISTEN: Click below to hear "So Uncool."
The 411: The daughter of the Eagles' Joe Walsh, she's sung backup for Ashlee Simpson and earned comparisons to Cyndi Lauper. But the singer didn't always dream of music. "I wanted to have my own cooking show," Walsh, 24, says.
Dishing on Ashlee: "I like Pete for her a lot. I was around them both when it was blossoming. It's really cute."
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The Album: The Jonas Brothers,
LISTEN: Click below to hear their song "Hold On."
The 411: These New Jersey-bred siblings have been making girls scream since they debuted in 2006 with the TRL fave "Mandy." Now Kevin, 19, Joe, 17, and Nick, 14, who wrote every song on their new album, are prepared heartthrobs. "I have no problem with the girls," Nick says.
On Dating at 14: It's all about movies – and bowling, says Nick, who's dating Miley Cyrus.
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The Album: T.I. vs T.I.P., in stores now
LISTEN: Click below to hear his song "Big Things Poppin' (Do It)."
The 411: In his concept album, the 26-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper is pitting himself against his alter ego T.I.P., a self-described "loose cannon." "Some would say I have a dual personality: calm, cool, collected one minute, and ready to take [somebody's] head off the next," he says.
Surprising Influence: Nirvana. "That's my all-time favorite rock band," he told Blender.
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Aly & AJ
The Album: Insomniatic,
LISTEN: Click below to hear their single "Potential Breakup Song."
The 411: Sisters Aly, 18, and AJ Michalka, 16, kick off their sophomore disc with the "Potential Breakup Song," a rock-pop girl anthem. "We're a lot older than we were when we did [our first album] Into the Rush," says AJ. "We've been through more relationships."
On How to Deal with Breakups: "Hang with friends, go see a movie, go shop, have fun," AJ says, but Aly has her own solution – "Find someone else to date."
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The Album: Underclass Hero,
LISTEN: Click here for "Underclass Hero."
The 411: Frontman Deryck Whibley, 27, plays producer on the pop-punk band's new album. On "March of the Dogs," he takes on the President, while "Dear Father" is about the dad he never knew. Still, Whibley says, "When you write something that personal ... you get self-conscious about it."
Dishing on Avril (Part 2): "It was the easiest thing I've ever done in music," he says of producing his wife's album.
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The Album: I Am,
LISTEN: Click below to hear "Good Girl."
The 411: The daughter of a choir director, she's appeared on songs with Jay-Z and Nas. Now the 24-year-old RampB singer, who counts Jill Scott as an influences, is on her own. What can fans expect? "To be uplifted and challenged to find out who you are on the inside."
Dishing on Chrisette: "I wore my Chrisette Michele T-shirt for about a week [after getting a record deal]! ... If I saw anybody, they knew I had just got signed."
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The Click Five
The Album: Modern Minds and Pastimes,
LISTEN: Click here to hear their song "Jenny."
The 411: New singer Kyle Patrick, 21, joins guitarist Joe Guese, bassist Ethan Mentzer, keyboardist Ben Romans and drummer Joey Zehr on their second disc – thanks to a recommendation from their former Berklee College of Music professors. "We met up with [Patrick] and really developed a chemistry together."
Bonus TMI Fact: "We are all single for the first time in the history of The Click Five."
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