Sounds like teen spirit. It should come as no surprise that this dream-pop idol hailing from down under is quickly on the rise. Mallrat, AKA Grace Shaw, broke out on the Brisbane bar circuit before she was even old enough to drink, booking small shows until she became a festival regular and began opening for international acts on their world tours hi, Post Malone! The year-old solidified her presence with her EP, In The Sky , which, like her previous offering, outlines the highs and lows of the teen experience — disillusionment with romance, trends, and parties — all over catchy, synth-punctuated melodies. Considering she had her path to stardom routed from the womb, you best believe Lennon Stella is up next. Heading out on her own after a successful run with her sister, Maisy the two girls scored roles on hit show Nashville as pre-adolescents , the year-old is all grown up and ready to claim her own spotlight. Morgue is now finding her feet in the pop sphere with a series of singles and features.
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Teen pop is a subgenre of pop music that is created, marketed and oriented towards preteens and teenagers. According to AllMusic , teen pop "is essentially dance-pop, pop, and urban ballads" that are marketed to teens, and was conceived in its contemporary form during the late s and s, pointing out the late s as "arguably the style's golden era. The music is designed for maximum focus on the performer and a direct appeal to listeners. Teen-oriented popular music had become common by the end of the swing era , in the late s, with Frank Sinatra being an early teen idol. The first major wave of teen pop after the counter-culture of the s and s occurred in the mid to late s, with artists such as Menudo , New Edition , the Jets , Debbie Gibson , Tiffany , Martika , New Kids on the Block   and Kylie Minogue. Teen pop remained popular in the United Kingdom with the boy band Take That during this period, until the mids when Britpop became the next major wave in the UK, eclipsing the style similar to how grunge did in North America. In , British girl group Spice Girls released their debut single " Wannabe ", which made them major pop stars in the UK, as well as in the US the following year. Their style of music was very different than other teenage artists, sounding more mature than the typical boy band, though the members were all in their mid-teenage years as well.