The 411 on Demi, Selena, Miranda and More TV-to-CD Kid Stars

These days, it seems like singing TV stars go from screen to CD every half-hour. But, the truth is that when you limit the musical playing field to Disney and Nickelodeon TV stars 18 and under (no Aly & AJ or Ashley Tisdale) and exclude well-known superstars (no Miley Cyrus or Jonas Brothers), and famous fathers (no Willow Smith), that leaves just a handful of celebri-kids trying to makes names for themselves in the music world.

If you get to know each of them better (and by that I mean telling one from another), you may not only wow your kids, but find something musically tolerable for everyone. In that hope, here's a quick primer.

Miranda Cosgrove
Age: 17

Need to Know
The most seasoned actress of the group, Cosgrove got her big break in 2003, playing Summer Hathaway in School of Rock. She achieved stardom as Megan Parker in Drake & Josh, but shot to superstardom as Carly Shay on Nickelodeon's iCarly, which has been kid-catnip since 2007. (If you've never heard of iCarly, you just haven't been paying attention).

After performing songs on the iCarly soundtrack, Cosgrove came out from released her debut album, Sparks Fly, on April 27, 2010. She describes her style as "pop rock fun." 

Neat to Know
* Cosgrove voiced a character in 2010's Despicable Me.
* In February 2010, she became a "brand ambassador" for Neutrogena.
* She graces the cover of the most recent issue of Seventeen Magazine.
* As of last May,  Cosgrove is the second-highest-paid child actor on TV, behind Angus T. Jones from CBS' Two and a Half Men. Her next episode might be "iNeed an Accountant!"


Victoria Justice
Age: 17

Need to Know
On the cusp of teen superstardom, Justice played Lola Martinez on the Nickelodeon hit series Zoey 101 before becoming a breakout star as the lead character, Tori Vega, in the TV movie, Victorious. She also starred in the Nickelodeon film The Boy Who Cried Werewolf.

In addition to performing most of the songs for the Victorious soundtrack, which will be released this year, Justice contributed several songs to the soundtrack to Nickelodeon's 2009 musical Spectacular!. She performed her third official release, "Freak the Freak Out," at the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Justice's debut album will be released in late 2011. In it, she promises no "boring pop songs." We'll believe it when we hear it.

Neat to Know
* Last September, Justice announced she'd be joining Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign that gives American girls the opportunity to help adolescent girls around the world. 


Demi Lovato
Age: 18

Need to Know
An early performer on Barney & Friends, Lovato rose to fame starring in Disney’s Camp Rock movies with the Jonas Brothers. She currently stars as Sonny Munroe in Disney's Sonny with a Chance, and co-starred in the 2009 movie Princess Protection Program.

Lovato's debut album, "Don't Forget," was released in 2008, eventually selling over 473,000 copies. Her second album, 2009's Here We Go Again, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Her hits include "Get Back," "La La Land," and "One and the Same," which she sang with her friend and Princess Protection Program co-star Selena Gomez. Lovato's third album is scheduled for release this spring.

On Nov. 1, 2010, Lovato's publicist said she would enter a treatment center to "seek medical treatment for emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time." Lovato completed her inpatient treatment in January and returned home to Los Angeles, where she "will continue to see doctors" to "help her work on the issues she confronted in treatment."

Neat to Know
* Lovato is of Mexican, Irish and Italian descent.
* She guest-starred on an episode of Grey's Anatomy last May as a possibly schizophrenic teen.
* She often speaks out against bullying, after having been victimized by bullying herself.
* Last March, Lovato revealed she was dating Joe Jonas, whom she met in 2007 while filming Camp Rock. In May, she announced they had broken up. With all of this behind her, Lovato may be the world's oldest 18 year old.


Selena Gomez
Age: 18

Need to Know
Arguably the best pure singer in the group, Gomez portrays Alex Russo in Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place. She also starred in the television movies Another Cinderella Story and Princess Protection Program, and made her movie debut in 2010 as Beezus in Ramona and Beezus. This summer, Gomez will star in the comedy film Monte Carlo, alongside Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy.

Gomez is the lead singer and founder of Selena Gomez & the Scene which has released two albums, Kiss & Tell (2009) and A Year Without Rain (2010). Both albums were certified Gold, and her megahit, "Naturally," went Platinum in 2010.

Neat to Know
* Gomez is named after Tejano singer Selena.
* She began her acting career at age seven on Barney & Friends. She also had a recurring role on Hannah Montana.
* In August 2009, Gomez became the youngest UNICEF ambassador ever, and was the spokesperson for UNICEF's Trick-or-Treat campaigns for the last two years.
* She has a 2011 fashion line exclusively with Kmart called "Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez"
* Gomez has denied rumors that she's dating Justin Bieber (though there's some evidence to the contrary). Hopefully, that's the only thing she and Kim Kardashian have in common.


Emily Osment
Age: 18

Need to Know
Osment co-starred as Gerti Giggles in Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. On TV, she co-starred as Lilly Truscott on Hannah Montana, and has appeared in R.L Stine's The Haunting Hour and the Disney movie Dadnapped.

Osment's musical releases include "I Don't Think About It," "If I Didn't Have You" and "Once Upon a Dream." Her debut album, Fight or Flight, was released in October 2010 and includes the single "Let's Be Friends." She characterizes her style as pop with an alternative rock edge. In other words, the same, but different!

Neat to Know
* Osment's older brother is actor Haley Joel "I See Dead People" Osment.

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