They've Got the Beat

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

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    VV Brown

    Age: 28 Real name: Vanessa Brown. Hometown: Northampton, England. How she got the name: "I love hip-hop. In school, on the playground, we would beat-box. V V became my emcee name." When she knew she wanted to be a star: "I was 8, and sang 'Consider Yourself' from Oliver! in a talent contest. My mom still has it on video." Most-prized possession: "An Aztec hat with two horns and Mexican beads. I found it in a vintage shop and paid around 800 pounds [$1,500] for it. I was told it belonged to Boy George. It's my little charm." Lesson learned: "I was ambitious when I was young. I was going to win a Grammy and sell a million records. But now it's more, Do I like what I've made? If I'm proud of it, then I'm happy." Must Download Now: V V Brown, "Children"

    Jacket, $1,880, Salvatore Ferragamo; top, $995, Calvin Klein Collection. On hair: Nexxus ProMend Split End Binding Straightening Lotion.

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