7. Hailee Steinfeld, 20
A Hollywood star in search of a radio smash, Steinfeld finally connected with the Zedd-produced “Starving,” which became her highest-charting single to date. Along with Hot 100 hits “Most Girls” and “Let Me Go,” she spent the past year focused on acting projects like Pitch Perfect 3, due out days after her 21st birthday this December.
Universal has dropped a new trailer for Pitch Perfect 3, and it offers a thorough preview of the a cappella music franchise’s latest riff-off.
The trailer shows Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld spotlighting their Barden Bellas sound, but they get schooled by the other groups, one of which features Ruby Rose. Says Kendrick, “Is it weird that everybody is better at the one thing we do than we are at that thing?”
The third installment of the franchise has the now separated Bellas reuniting for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices. Trish Sie steps in to direct the musical comedy threequel, which also adds John Lithgow.
Pitch Perfect 3 hits theaters Dec. 22.
Singer Hailee Steinfeld, teaming with co-lead Swedish DJ Alesso, appears for the first time and scores her first top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dated Sept. 30), as “Let Me Go,” featuring star country duo Florida Georgia Line and singer/guitarist watt, starts at No. 9. The mega-collab earned 3.7 million U.S. streams and sold 13,000 downloads in its first tracking week, according to Nielsen Music.
“Let” is the lucky 13th chart hit, and second top 10, for Alesso, who reached No. 2 in January 2015 with “Heroes (We Could Be),” featuring Tove Lo.
The new track also marks a career best for Florida Georgia Line, who, as featured on The Chainsmokers’ “Last Day Alive,” reached No. 16 in April. FGL boasts 11 No. 1s on the Country Airplay chart, dating to the pair’s 2012 career launch. “Let” marks the first chart appearance for watt.
“Let” also debuts at No. 3 on Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales and at No. 17 on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs.