By now you have probably heard or seen footage of 12-year-old Greyson Chance. Things are moving fast for the internet phenom, who less than 4 weeks ago posted a video of himself on YouTube singing the song ?Paparazzi’ by Lady Gaga at is 6th grade festival in Oklahoma. After that post, he has probably become all too familiar with the paparazzi.
A recent article from the New York Daily News discusses the fast progression to stardom that Chance has seen these last few weeks. Since the post, the 12-year-old has had more than 17 million hits on You Tube, was featured on ?The Ellen DeGeneres Show’, hired Madonna’s representative to be his manager, and has a rumored record deal with Interscope Records.
Getting discovered in this way is definitely not new. Many are reminded of how the way the ever-so-popular Justin Bieber got his start when he was discovered at the age of 12 after posting a video of himself singing on YouTube. It makes one wonder if it weren’t for social media sites like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook whether these talented children would have seen fame so young or possibly never at all. These websites have made it possible for these performers to click a few buttons and literally reach millions.
Though Chance’s recent media attention can be traced back to his YouTube post, an article from Advertising Age points out that Chance’s post received most hits after Diane Sawyer urged her television viewers to watch his video and then even more when he was featured on Ellen. It seems television played a big roll for Chance’s recent success, but it just goes to show how media outlets work together to create a budding star.
What do you think of the latest internet phenom, Greyson Chance?
Do you think performers who use social media sites like YouTube need to rely on television to become superstars?
He is such a great singer!
Let me just say...Who? Never heard of him.
I seen him on ellen, he did a great job, he has tons of talent for being so young
In an earlier post someone said he was just "OK" because he sang and played a song that someone else wrote. Don't know what it would take to impress this person. But, I think the kid is pretty amazing and talented.
I just watched the video! I hope he keeps his focus and enjoys the ride!
I think so, some of the people everyone knows on youtube are not well known by me but if they were on t.v I think i would know who they were.
I think it's just a start to help catapult their career or at least have an audience who is familiar with who he is.
He's ok. I think "amazing" is a little much praise at this point. He's not done anything yet, except play and sing something someone else wrote.
He's amazing! For being only 12 years old, he has a gift. Will have a great career ahead of him.
I think YouTube is a great way to showcase talent!
If you haven't watched the YouTube clip that made his famous, you definitely should. he is ridiculously talented. I don't think there's anything wrong with being 'discovered' via a social networking site - if anything, it seems the healthier alternative to families who live to make their kids famous, chasing down the people that could do so.
This young man is so talented. When I first saw him I was in shock. Amazing voice and not to mention, beautiful piano playing. I have also heard that Lady Gaga herself was helping him out. She was very impressed with him.