Porter Robinson, Madeon included in Billboard’s 21 Under 21

Boy-EDM-prodigies Madeon and Porter Robinson were named to Billboard’s “21 Under 21” list, released yesterday.

Pop star Justin Bieber topped the list, followed by boy band One Direction and X Factor judge Demi Lovato to round out the top three. The list included names of youth stars from a variety of genres and backgrounds.

Electronic Dance Music has its fair share of younger stars, but 2012 has proved to be a true break-out year for Robinson (ranked 7th) and Madeon (ranked 19th).

Madeon, age 18, gained popularity after a YouTube video of his quick fingers producing a three-minute megamix using an illuminated Novation Launchpad went wildly viral. 13.5 million views later, the Frenchman is now releasing his own productions and performing at major festivals including Electric Daisy Carnival New York, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Ultra Music Festival.

Porter Robinson, age 20, has been selling out solo shows and moving into main stages at festivals after touring with early mentors Tiesto and Skrillex in 2011. Robinson has explored a number of sounds in his production career already, ranging from his dubstep banger “Spitfire,” to the uber-popular trance anthem “Language.” Robinson finished up a solo US tour this spring and is preparing to tour alongside fellow youngster Zedd on the 15-date Poseidon Tour.

The full 2012 “21 Under 21” list is as follows:

1. Justin Bieber
2. One Direction
3. Demi Lovato
4. Scotty McCreery
5. Mac Miller
6. Selena Gomez
7. Porter Robinson
8. Cher Lloyd
9. Earl Sweatshirt
10. Nick Jonas
11. Jackie Evancho
12. Cody Simpson
13. Mindless Behavior
14. Megan & Liz
15. IU
16. Bridget Mendler
17. 3BallMTY
18. Miley Cyrus
19. Madeon
20. Ross Lynch
21. Victoria Justice

» Check out the full story from Billboard.com here.


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Kent is founder and editor-in-chief. He's always had a love and passion for music of all types, but didn't discover the music festival scene and community until moving to Southern California during his early post-college years. He returned to his roots in the Midwest in 2011 and has since been determined to share the magic and beauty of the music scene with as many as possible. Email kent@edmcalendar.com.