Gone are the days when upcoming musicians had to hassle record deals to get an audience. Modern technology has simplified the process of getting famous. Talent is no longer a prerequisite for you to be a celebrity or a force to reckon with; Kim Kardashian, anyone? Nevertheless, our list features 10 super talented musicians (yes, Justin bieber too) who stayed true to their dreams, and thanks to YouTube they catapulted to full-fledged stardom.
Topping our list is a name that is plastered on gossip magazines every other day.Justin Bieber shot to fame in 2007 after Scooter Braun, his current manager, came across his videos on YouTube. Justin’s mother Pattie Mallette would upload the videos of her son singing for family members and friends to watch. Little did she know that the YouTube videos would be Justin’s ticket to fame and riches. Through Scooter Braun, Justin landed his first record label with RBMG and as they say, the rest history. Though it seems Justin has garnered fans and haters in equal measure, his fame won’t be fading any time soon.
You know you are a big deal when the queen of talk shows Oprah Winfrey, calls you the most talented girl in the world. We present to you Charice Pempengco a 22-year-old Filipina singer who became an instant star when a devoted fan channeled her singing prowess on YouTube. Before the international fame, Charice had spent her time floating from one singing competition to another, she came close enough but never won any competition.
In 2007, a Swedish producer stumbled upon her YouTube videos. Impressed with her sultry voice, Charice Pempengco landed her first record deal with Ten Songs/production and from then on, she has been on an upward climb. She has been featured in several talk shows including the Ellen Degeneres and the Oprah winfrey Show. Some of her most popular songs include Pyramid, I will always Love you and All by myself.
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There’s pretty great chance you’ve danced to Gangnam style a time or two; even President Obama has admitted to enjoying this hit. Before the world-wide fame, Psy was mostly known in his native country, South Korea. In fact, Psy was frequently embroiled in controversy thanks to his albums and songs, which were deemed to have inappropriate content. In 2012, Psy released his sixth studio album Psy 6 and the lead single was the international hit song Gangnam style. The song became a viral hit on YouTube and catapulted Psy to international stardom. Thanks to this catchy tune, Psy also earned his first ever certificate for having the Most Liked YouTube Video. Talk of hitting two birds with one stone!
Alexis Jordan got her first taste of fame in 2006 when she featured in the TV show American Idol. She stayed in the limelight until she was eliminated in the semifinals. Undeterred, Alexis Jordan began uploading cover songs to her YouTube channel and this is where she got the attention of stargate, a Norwegian record-producing team. She was eventually signed to StarRoc a joint record label between Jay-Z and the stargate team. How is she fairing you ask? She released her eponymous debut album in 2011, and her sophomore album is on the pipeline.
Teen sensation Austin Mahone has been earning nods ever since he started posting his YouTube videos in 2010. By 2011, Austin had gained hoards of fans and one year later, the budding singer was signed to Universal Republic Records. His first single Say Something, which was released in 2012 received critical acclaim, and the pop singer quickly solidified his footing as one of the most promising star of our time. To date, he has won several awards including The Break out Star Award and MTV’s Artist to watch.
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Cody Simpson would record songs from his bedroom and then upload them on his YouTube Channel. In 2009, Shawn Campbell, a record producer, noticed the burgeoning singer and was quick to snap him up. Cody has since released 3 albums Coast To Coast, Paradise, and Surfers Paradise. You have to admit $4.5 million is pretty impressive for a 17 year old.
This sassy Dutch songstress dropped out of high school to join Justin Timberlake’s Tennman Records. But before she caught the eye of Timberlake, Esmée was an average teenager who enjoyed singing song covers of her favorite artists. She would later upload her renditions on YouTube. Soon enough, several record labels came calling, but she opted to sign with Tennman Records. While she no longer work with JT’s label, Esmée is still a headline grabber.
If you don’t already like pop music, this up and coming singer may make you change your mind. At the tender age of 16, Greyson is already carving a successful music career and at the same time building up his bank account. He hit it big when he did the cover video of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi and posted it on the talent-spinning channel YouTube. It slowly but steadily built thousands of views and by 2013, the video had more than 51 million views. The video has been shared by some of the biggest celebrities in town including Ashton Kutcher and the ever radiant Ellen Degeneres. Greyson has already churned his debut album Hold On ‘till the Night. We don’t know what the future holds for the young lad, but he is sure off to a great start.
Surprise! Surprise! Rebecca Black made it to our list and yes, she is super-rich too. It’s somewhat hard to believe that a song with over 3 million dislikes on YouTube could make one so famous and rich. So what really happened after we all hated on Friday and dubbed it the worst song ever? You know how they say all publicity is good publicity? Played out really well for Miss Rebecca. The song went viral which drove fame to the 17 year old. She featured in Katy Perry’s Video Last Friday Night. She has released 5 other songs including Saturday and has also won awards including Choice Web Star Award at the Teen Choice Awards.
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The Call Me Maybe songstress remained in obscurity until January 2012 when Justin Bieber tweeted about the song. Justin’s Plethora of fans were quick to view the song video on YouTube and since then, Carly Rae has been making her mark in the music industry. Her second studio album Kiss received a warm reception and her third album is slated to be released in 2014.