Rising Stars

Names to know to stay in the know.

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WWD Fast issue 01/15/2009

Names to know to stay in the know.


Gabriella Cilmi

Seventeen-year-old songwriting soul singer Gabriella Cilmi is an Australian teen sensation like no other. Cilmi cleaned up at October’s Australian Recording Industry Association awards, winning six awards, including Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release, Single of the Year and Highest Selling Single, for her certified double-platinum single “Sweet About Me.”  Released in March and number one on the ARIA singles chart for five consecutive weeks in Australia—making Cilmi the youngest solo artist ever to top the chart—“Sweet About Me” has entered the top 10 in more than 10 countries, selling 200,000 copies in the U.K. alone.

Discovered by the head of Warner Music Australia in 2005 at the age of 13 while belting out a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Jumping Jack Flash” at an Italian street festival in Melbourne, Cilmi was signed to Island Records later that year and spent the next three years shuttling between Melbourne and London, recording her debut album, Lessons to Be Learned. Already platinum in Australia, the album is due for a U.S. release early this year.
—Patty Huntington

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