10 Popular Singers Who Were Discovered Through Social Media
The rise and dominance of social media has made it more and more likely for regular people to be skyrocketed into fame. From “Instagram models” to YouTube and Vine stars, quite a few have found success from putting their talents online, but only a select few have reached Hollywood levels of fame. It is hard to believe that these tour headlining, award-winning singers and musicians once were simply regular people recording songs in their bedroom, and now they are selling out stadiums! Check out 10 popular singers who were discovered through social media:
10. 5 Seconds of Summer
The popular boy band 5 Seconds of Summer now has millions of fans worldwide and a debut studio album that reached #1 in 11 countries, and it all started on YouTube. In 2011, Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, and Calum Hood began posting their covers of songs on Hemmings’ YouTube channel. Their songs quickly gained attention from fans and music labels alike leading to a publishing deal with Sony ATV Music Publishing. Things only got bigger for the group, which by then was joined by drummer Ashton Irwin, when One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson tweeted about the group with a link to their YouTube video of “Gotta Get Out.”
9. Colbie Caillat
Grammy-winning singer Colbie Caillat became an internet sensation in the days of MySpace which she used to catapult her career. After being rejected for American Idol twice, she continued putting her YouTube videos on her MySpace page and her popularity grew until she became the number-one unsigned artist in her genre. Eventually she was signed to Universal and in 2007 finally released her debut album Coco and has now sold over 6 million albums worldwide, and in 2009 was one of the top 100 best-selling music artist of the 2000s.