They've Got the Beat

Brash, bold, and totally badass: Meet pop music's next wave of chartbusters.

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January 12, 2012 10:00 AM
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Ellie Goulding

Age: 25. Real name: Elena Jane Goulding. Hometown: Hereford, England. Career highlight: Singing a cover of Elton John's "Your Song" at the wedding reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton, at Buckingham Palace. ("I didn't meet Pippa, but I hear she's awesome.") On her style: "I think about my figure a lot when it comes to fashion. I like being cute. I don't have the boobs to be a blonde bombshell, so I can be quite androgynous and just wear, like, a T-shirt with no bra. I have two sides of me — grungy meets Barbie." Best part about being a pop star: "It took a long time to get used to it, but all I want to do is tour. It's escapism because you're away from the real world and get to do your favorite thing every night." Must Download Now: Ellie Goulding, "Lights"

Dress & briefs (worn underneath), price upon request, clutch, $1,880, Louis Vuitton; gloves, $60, LaCrasia Gloves; earrings, $544, Mawi; bracelet, $810, Dior.