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A new crop of teen starlets is following in the footsteps of Hilary Duff and Miley Cyrus, aiming to use their tween appeal in movies, pop albums and television shows (often via the Disney Channel) to boost them into mainstream stardom. The teenybopper tunes may not appeal to those old enough to vote just yet — “There is a party on down the street but nobody invited me and I got a gig babysitting my uncle’s kids,” squeak the Clique Girlz in a peppy ditty called “Then I Woke Up.” But, as future fashion and marketing icons go, these are the ones to watch.
Demi Lovato, 16
The Scoop: After singing her way to fame in the Disney TV movie “Camp Rock” with the Jonas Brothers, she will drop her debut album this fall. Next year, she not only will morph into a princess hiding from kidnappers in the TV movie “Princess Protection Program” co-starring best friend Selena Gomez, but she also will head her own TV series, “Welcome to Mollywood,” about a teen named Molly who wins a talent search. The budding rock chick often pairs billowing tops with skinny jeans tucked into boots.