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Teen pop stars shine

Teen pop stars shine–Who, among Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson and more are ”most likely to…”?

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Don’t tell Clairol you can’t bottle success. A flaxen fleet of teens, led by Aguilera and Britney Spears, are greening the zeitgeist. Forbes puts Spears’ 1999 earnings at $15 million. And Aguilera’s six-times-platinum sales have got her mother off the hook for allowance. And now, the Class of 2000 Yearbook, blond-ambition edition.

BRITNEY SPEARS MOST POPULAR Christina may have swiped the Grammy for Best New Artist, but her 18-year-old pneumatic predecessor is still leading the bubblegum brigade: …Baby One More Time has sold over 12 million copies. ACTIVITIES Mouseketeer (’92-94); applying baby oil to belly button; lip-synching her upcoming single ”Oops!…I Did It Again” (from her sophomore album, due May 16) in the mirror. MOST LIKELY TO…Be cast in Baywatch: The Musical, opening on Broadway in 2010.

JESSICA SIMPSON CLASS PRUDE The 19-year-old Texan Baptist is proud to be a virgin. ACTIVITIES Head cheerleader; homecoming queen; fighting off 98[degrees] boyfriend Nick Lachey, with whom she duets on ”Where Are You,” the latest track from her debut album, Sweet Kisses. MOST LIKELY TO…Succeed? If Mariah is the new gold standard, Simpson’s astounding vocal range, evidenced on the windy ballad ”I Wanna Love You Forever,” makes her more Carey than Tiffany.

MANDY MOORE CLASS FLIRT Think of the 15-year-old as Britney-in-training…bra. ACTIVITIES Honor Society; Neutrogena spokesgirl; studying her fave subjects, English and French, with her on-the-road tutor; taking guitar lessons; watching Beaches (her favorite flick) on video; practicing suggestive straw-sucking (as demo’d in her ”Candy” video). MOST LIKELY TO…Watch the premiere of her VH1 ”Where Are They Now?” special before her 10-year high school reunion.

HOKU BEST PERSONALITY The spunky 18-year-old Hawaiian had the guts to call her first single, from the Snow Day soundtrack, ”Another Dumb Blonde.” Bold move for a college dropout. ACTIVITIES Dying hair; runway modeling for Tommy Hilfiger; singing with dad Don Ho at a Bulls basketball game; putting the wraps on her debut album, due May 2. MOST LIKELY TO…Be cast as the replacement for Jack Lord in the all-female revival of Hawaii Five-0.

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