5 Celebs Who Got Their Start on YouTube

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The Internet evolution and sites like YouTube provide regular people with the opportunity to become overnight sensations with an interesting, appealing and well-timed video upload. Some celebrities can point to a viral video breakout on YouTube for the development of their careers as entertainment celebs.

5 Rebecca Black

On February 10, 2011, unknown singer Rebecca Black uploaded a low-budget video of her song “Friday” to YouTube. The song went viral, inspiring countless parodies and receiving millions of views within a few weeks. Subsequently, Black earned an appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, and her song was noted by pop celebrities like the Jonas Brothers and Bieber.

4 Soulja Boy

Rap music singer and producer Soulja Boy is well established as one of his genre’s top entertainers. This wasn’t the case when he created his YouTube web page in 2004 to showcase his music to the world. He was soon discovered by Atlanta producer Mr. Collipark, and the pair worked together to produce the 2007 Grammy-nominated song “Crank That.”

3 Sophia Grace and Rosie

When the parents of these two childhood friends in Britain uploaded their cover of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass,” they likely had no idea what would follow. The video went viral and led to several appearances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” The girls sang songs, met their favorite celebs and even represented Ellen at various award shows. Eventually, the stars of the video that received 40 million views received their own regular skit hosting a show within the Ellen show.

2 Psy

Korean-born musical entertainer Psy launched a revolution in the United States when he uploaded his music video “Gangnam Style” to YouTube in 2012. The video quickly exceeded 1 billion views. Psy’s controversial political statements about the U.S. combined with the popularity of his song and dance moves at sporting events and clubs rapidly made him a YouTube-generated celebrity.

1 Justin Bieber

Young pop icon Justin Bieber is arguably the most famous YouTube celebrity ever. Musical entertainer and producer Usher boasted of discovering Bieber during his judging role in the spring 2012 season of “The Voice.” It was actually music promoter Scooter Braun who first recognized the Ontario-born singer’s talents when watching a 2007 video uploaded to YouTube by Bieber’s mom, according to “Woman’s Day” magazine. Bieber was only 12 when YouTube educated the world on his potential.

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Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and entertainment writer and content media developer since 2007. He has also been a college marketing professor since 2004. He has four years of additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business, and he holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.

0 thoughts on “5 Celebs Who Got Their Start on YouTube”

  1. Psy was already a established rapper with albums under his belt, and also Soulja Boy was a myspace artist …. Psy got signed by a popular media company in Korea who already have popular artists like Big Bang and 2NE1

  2. PSY was already an artist with Big Bang and 2NE1 for YG Entertainment. He was famous long way back like 2009 or somthing

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