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One Direction Ranked as 2013's Most Powerful Star Under 21

September 26, 2013 (3:06 am) GMT
The British-Irish boyband beats superstars Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus on Billboard's 21 Under 21 list.

The quintet of , , , , and , has topped Billboard's 21 Under 21 list of 2013's most powerful stars. The British-Irish boyband took the spot from last year's No. 1 , who fell to the runner-up position due mainly to the bad publicity that has continued to hound him.

1D bagged the top spot based on the chart-topping performance of their sophomore album "Take Me Home", aside from having six songs on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It also helped that their 3D concert film "" grossed $62 million to date and is now one of the most successful concert films of all time.

To his credit, despite a string of controversies that has been attached to his name, Bieber's star power seems to be too overwhelming to be overpowered by the all the negative press and just enough to secure the 19-year-old heartthrob second place ahead of another publicity magnet, . The 20-year-old twerking star landed on the third spot of the list, riding on the success of her new hits "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball".

Completing the list of the year's most powerful young celebrities are singer , rapper , country crooner , pop singers and , British singer , and rapper .

Billboard's 21 Under 21 (2013):



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