One Direction is No. 1 on Billboard's "21 Under 21" list for 2013. The annual list, compiled by Billboard magazine staffers, ranks what Billboard considers are the hottest music artists who are under age 21. The list was launched in 2012, when One Direction was ranked at No. 2, behind Justin Bieber. In 2013, Bieber is ranked at No. 2, while Miley Cyrus is ranked at No. 3.
One Direction came in third place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010. The group has since become the biggest-selling worldwide act to emerge from "The X Factor," by having No. 1 hits and sold-out concerts in several countries. One Direction also makes millions from merchandise sales.
One Direction is one of several "X Factor" alumni who are on Billboard's 21 Under 21 list in 2013.
The other "X Factor" alumni on the list are:
- Emblem3, which ranks at No. 10. It's the first year that Emblem3 has made the list. Emnlem3 came in fourth place on "The X Factor" U.S. in 2012.
- Cher Lloyd, who ranks at No. 11 (down from No. 8 in 2012). Lloyd came in fourth place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010.
- Fifth Harmony, which ranks at No. 21. It's the first year that Fifth Harmony has made the list. Fifth Harmony came in third place on "The X Factor" U.S. in 2012.
All of the above-named "X Factor" artists are signed to Syco Music, the company co-owned by Simon Cowell and Sony Music.
Here are the artists who are on Billboard 21 Under 21 list for 2013:
1. One Direction
2. Justin Bieber
3. Miley Cyrus
4. Ariana Grande
5. Earl Sweatshirt
7. Austin Mahone
8. Scotty McCreery
9. Cody Simpson
11. Cher Lloyd
12. Chief Keef
13. Bridgit Mendler
15. Joey Bada$$
16. Tori Kelly
17. Martin Garrix
18. Mindless Behavior
19. Matty B.
20. Lee Hi
21. Fifth Harmony