Meet two new boy bands on the rise:

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Formed: 2012

Members: Connor Ball, Tristan Evans, James McVey and Brad Simpson

Stream these: "Can We Dance," "Wild Heart"

Career highlight: The British group's first two singles have both been major hits in the U.K. "Can We Dance" climbed all the way to No. 2, while "Wild Heart" stopped at No. 3.

Selling points: They play their own instruments and make good videos. Simpson, the band's lead vocalist, is a potential breakout star.

What's new: The Vamps are already a hit in the U.K. and Australia (where "Can We Dance" was certified platinum). The band is also making progress in the U.S. and has even scored nominations at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and Radio Disney Music Awards.

MARK ALLAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVESBradley Will Simpson, right, adds plenty of heartthrob power to the U.K. band the Vamps, which is already big in
MARK ALLAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVES Bradley Will Simpson, right, adds plenty of heartthrob power to the U.K. band the Vamps, which is already big in England and appears ready to conquer the American market as well. ( Mark Allan )

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AJR

Formed: 2005

Members: Adam, Jack and Ryan Met

Stream this: "I'm Ready"

Career highlights: The New York City trio has performed on VH1, opened for Demi Lovato and scored a moderate YouTube hit with "I'm Ready."

Selling point: They're brothers. And this is a genre with a long history of sibling success stories -- going from the Jackson 5 to Hanson to the Jonas Brothers.

What's new: The Met brothers have been recently featured in several high-profile publications, from Seventeen to Billboard to the New York Post. The band released its EP, "6foot1," in December.

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