Those who used to want to become musicians had to go to countless music labels with their music. Waiting for radios to play your songs, ask if you can make a video clip and then hope that the fans know where to find you. Nowadays that is completely different thanks to the internet. A number of world-famous stars have now been discovered on YouTube. Who are they? You can read that in the top 10 musicians who are famous thanks to YouTube.
10. Esmée Denters
Dutch Esmée Denters made countless videos in which she sang the biggest hits, just in her bedroom. None other than Justin Timberlake discovered her in 2007, after which she was offered a record deal. Songs like Outta Here and Love Dealer quickly became a hit. Today you can still find her on YouTube. She still shares covers, but also original songs and vlogs about her life.
9. Greyson Chance
At the age of thirteen, Greyson Chance posted a video of himself on YouTube, in which he sang the hit Paparazzi by Lady Gaga. Even at this young age he had a huge voice and he could play the piano like no other. Ellen DeGeneres invited him to her show, and in no time he released his own music. Today he is still a beloved singer-songwriter.
8. Cody Simpson
In 2009 the Australian Cody Simpson became known for his cover of “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5. He was only twelve years old at the time, but his first record deal soon followed. In addition to his success on YouTube and as a singer, he also became known as a professional swimmer. He still prefers to make pop and r & b.
7. Carly Rae Jepsen
You don’t have to make your own videos on YouTube to break through in the music industry. Carly Rae Jepsen proves this. She had just recorded her first single “Call Me Maybe”, hoping it would be a hit. It was, mainly thanks to a video from Justin Bieber. Together with his friends, he made a video in which they danced together on the hit. This way everyone knew who Carly Rae Jepsen was in no time.
6. The Weeknd
This Canadian artist proved himself with his own music from the first moment. He wrote a number of songs that he posted on YouTube in 2010. He did this without showing his face and without making a video clip. Yet the songs were listened to in thousands of times and even millions of times. The success only increased when Drake discovered him and when he released entire albums.
5. Charlie Puth
Charlie Puth was not only making music videos in the beginning. He also uploaded short comedy movies on his YouTube channel. His covers nevertheless ensure great success. After a year there were also original songs, all of which were shared on YouTube. Before he knew it he was performing at the biggest television shows.
4. James Bay
British James Bay worked hard as a musician when a video on YouTube changed his life. During a performance in London, in a small cafe, one of the visitors filmed his show. This video went around quickly and ended up with producers. James Bay signed his first record deal within a week, after which he scored one hit after another.
3. 5 Seconds of summer
The success of this band started when three band members went to the same university together. During their free time they played covers, which they recorded and placed on YouTube. This quickly attracted attention from all over the world, with a record deal as a result. Their large fan base made their first EP an outright hit.
2. Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes was an active user of YouTube and Vine when he participated in a digital competition for Coca Cola. His music was suddenly noticed by all sorts of outsiders, giving him a professional music career. Today it is difficult to imagine that this superstar first made singing videos in his bedroom.
1. Justin Bieber
When you talk about YouTube stars, you are of course talking about Justin Bieber. This singer became immensely popular in no time after he posted a number of covers on his channel. He was twelve years old when he made his first few videos. He was offered a record deal and soon became a world-famous pop icon. His appearance is a little less sweet today and the singer only likes to experiment with his music.