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Forbes have named the artists and producers they think are changing the game in music. Featuring Chance The Rapper, Martin Garrix, Ed Sheeran and DJ Mustard, check out all of the hip-hop and dance acts that made the list.
2014's sixth richest DJ enters 2015 with a bang by making it on to Forbes 30 under 30 list. The Dutch DJ made a name for himself after working with Ne-Yo and Pitbull on 'Give Me Everything' a couple of years back, but 2014 was the year he shot into the spotlight and now even claims up to six figures per show.
No one rose to fame faster than the now household name Iggy Azalea last year. The Aussie singer dominated charts worldwide in the summer with her first number one single 'Fancy' and decided to reshuffle and re-release her debut album 'The New Classic' and 'Reclassified' before 2014 was out.
Jhené Aiko's place on this list has been a long time coming. The frequent Drake and Childish Gambino collaborator had a record deal a decade ago that ultimately flopped. For 10 years life might have been busy for the LA songwriter, but 2014 saw her finally realise her dream with the long-awaited release of her first studio album 'Souled Out.'
Never mind the 30 under 30 list, Martin Garrix should be in a newly created 20 under 20 list. The 18-year-old superstar DJ has nearly a decade on some of the other artists on the list but he has made the last year count not only did he achieve a number one single with 'Animals' and perform all over the world, but he also did normal stuff, like graduate high school!
Kanye West's protégé has been a few years in the making but finally he's on the road to becoming one of the bigger rappers in the game. Picture: Instagram
It's hard to believe it's been almost four years since Azealia Banks released the song that would make her, '212.' After years of back and forth disagreements with her record label, Banks finally released her debut album 'Broke With Expensive Taste' in 2014.
Mike Will Made It has become one of the most in demand producers in the game after proving himself on eight tracks off Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz.'
We're still waiting for the leader of the A$AP Mob's follow up to his 2013 number one 'Love.Live.A$ap,' but it's sure to be a big one in 2015.
Ed Sheeran's been one of the biggest names in music in the UK since he released his debut album in 2011. His follow up 'X' which was released this year, saw Ed break even further into worldwide territories and earned him the title of Spotify's most streamed artist in 2014. picture: PA
She might be young but Charli XCX is ready. She's featured on some of the most loved songs this year, including fellow 30 under 30 winner Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy,' which earned the pair two Grammy nominations.
Sam Smith is so firmly cemented in the music industry that it feels as though he's been around for years. The truth is, he only started making a name for himself in 2013 and with the release of his debut album 'In The Lonely Hour' in 2014, he became the only artist to sell over 1 million albums in the UK last year.
DJ Mustard charted more singles in the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs Chart than any other producer in 2014 and was responsible for arguably one of the best songs of the year, Tinashe's '2 On.'
Hit-Boy does what it says on the tin, makes hits. The producer, signed to Kanye West's 'G.O.O.D Music', was responsible for crafting winning tracks for the like of Beyonce, Lil' Wayne and Jay Z and Kanye West's 'Paris.'
Since releasing his 'Acid Rap' mixtape in 2013 Chance The Rapper has continued to release jam after jam with his band The Social Experiment, and even better for us, most of them have been as free downloads. Picture: Facebook