Cardi B, Katy B, Ruth B: How to Tell the Bs Apart
These three singers share a one-letter last name, but that's where the similarities end
These days, it’s not a bad thing to be a total B. These three artists may share a one-letter last name, but their music couldn’t be more different. Below, EW sizes up the boldest stars on the B List.
Origin Story: The Canadian, 20, broke through with her six-second Vine for “Lost Boy,” which helped land her a major-label record deal and score a top 100 song on iTunes.
Latest Project: Last November’s The Intro EP features four sparse piano-pop tracks she wrote and produced herself.
Stream This: “Superficial Love,” a moving ballad about a relationship that’s only skin-deep.
Social Platform of Choice: Vine—duh!—where she does micro covers of Adele and Justin Bieber.
How Random Is This: “Lost Boy” was inspired by her favorite TV show, Once Upon a Time.
Origin Story: The 26-year-old grad of England’s BRIT School—which counts Amy Winehouse and Adele as former students—broke through with 2010’s dubstep hit “Katy on a Mission.”
Latest Project: Last month’s Honey is a crash course in British club music, covering genres like house, drum-and-bass, and grime.
Stream This: The heart-pumping U.K. smash “Turn the Music Louder (Rumble)” with producer KDA and rapper Tinie Tempah.
Social Platform of Choice: She tweets with fans @KatyB.
How Random Is This: Her father competed in the 1976 Eurovision competition with German band the Les Humphries Singers.
Origin Story: The 23-year-old New Yorker joined the cast of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York in season 6 and quickly became a fan favorite.
Latest Project: In March she dropped the Gangsta Bitch, Music Vol. 1 mixtape, a collection of menacing trap tunes hailed as the best music to come out of the Love & Hip Hop franchise.
Social Platform of Choice: More than 3 million people follow her endlessly quotable Instagram.
How Random Is This: She worked at a grocery store and a strip club before finding fame as a TV and Internet personality.