Teen pop star Karina got her start with an appearance on Star Search and sparked a major-label bidding war. She inked a deal with Def Jam, which released the artist’s debut, First Love, in 2008, preceded by the single "16 @ War." Karina’s take on urban R&B is surprisingly mature. She focuses on serious issues facing teenagers, but still manages to pack each tune with melody and grooves. First Love features contributions from John Legend, Ne-Yo, Tricky Stewart, and the Dream.