YouTube: Anyone Can Be A Star!

Mar 27, 2011 By Deepa Gopal

Thirteen year old Rebecca Black has become an overnight sensation with her hit song ‘Friday’. Her song has been viewed on YouTube more than 57 million times, surpassing Lady Gaga whose song ‘Born This Way’ has 24 million views!

Why did Black’s song become a hit? Believe it or not, it started getting passed around the web as a ‘cheesy’ song that had poor lyrics! The songs were written and produced by Ark Music Factory, a company that helps anyone who is talented and willing to pay $2000. While others may be laughing at the song, Rebecca is laughing her way to the bank! At 70 cents for each iTunes download, Rebecca is earning $27,000 per week. Not bad for a 13 year old, who was initially upset at the reviews, but is now enjoying her new found stardom. She now has a webpage and has even hired a manager.

So, what is this YouTube phenomenon that takes relatively unknown people and makes them a star? From babies that cannot stop laughing, to artists like 10 year old Maria Aragon who was recently invited by Lady Gaga to sing on stage, it seems anyone with talent can become famous these days.

A Marketing Genius

YouTube was an idea born out of a need. It was started in 2005 by three co-workers who were frustrated trying to email a video clip. Within a couple of hours, they had sketched a rough plan for a video sharing platform.

YouTube founders

What makes the YouTube story particularly fascinating is that the company did not know how to make money, and did not spend any on advertising either. They relied on people to spread the word -- a term known as viral marketing. YouTube had made it easy for anyone to upload a video and e-mail a link to share with family and friends. They allowed other websites to embed their video, which is how Youngzine is able to bring you videos in our articles.

Millions started using YouTube, and it soon became a part of our culture, just as Facebook has done more recently. Google bought the company in 2006 for a staggering $1.65 billion!

YouTube Phenomenon

YouTube has changed the way people view videos. It has made videos more social, allowing anyone to upload and share. Gone are the days when the smallest video clips were at least 30 minutes long - now, one minute clips are equally acceptable! Lastly, the ability to reach millions of people has changed how videos are distributed, no longer controlled by Hollywood and its distributors.

Companies and news organizations are using YouTube for storing and sharing their videos these days. Many others like Ark Music Factory are producing videos to be solely distributed on YouTube. It is hard to imagine that just a decade ago, artists were struggling to showcase their talents.

We leave you with another all time great, a video that has been viewed 168 million times -- 'Dance Evolution' by comedian Judson Laipply, who acts out the history of 20th century dance.

Olivia-Anna   2 years ago

I sing all the time.

editor ctct   2 years ago

wow the man is cool but does not act like a comedian!:)

jordanm   4 years ago

i think its funny

chanel   4 years ago

At gym we did that stupid dance

riyac   4 years ago


miracle   4 years ago

they are very lucky to be discovered by such famous people.

jordanm   4 years ago

She is one of da best singers i know. Dont talk bad about her Adin

aidano   4 years ago

she is not that good

Liliana   4 years ago

She was on America's Got Talent (not to audition, to perform. they hired her to sing at a results show.) and she was HORRIBLE. She may sound good in the videos but that's because they have auto-tune on. Since you can't have auto-tune on at a live show, she didn't sound as good as she did in the videos. And the only reason America's Got Talent showed HER of all people was because she was a "Youtube sensation" and it was the results for their Youtube auditions.

kenn   5 years ago

I think she`s a good singer, but the part where she sings yesterday was Thursday, and stuff, I thought was really annoying because I already know that. My opinion.

lydiaf   5 years ago

She is horrible!

ashleym   5 years ago

i absolutely despise this girl!!!!!! AHHH! so didnt know shes 13! i know she sounds awful on the video and she made a new one prom night which is 327% worst!!!!

rebeccac   5 years ago

I heard that Rebecca Black has become a big hit. But truly this is the first time I've heard "Friday".

treoKosmos   5 years ago

Rebecca Black is a good singer. And before you start ranting at me, let me explain. On the video she sounds awful! But in real life and on other songs, she has a really good voice.

That other Baby GaGa girl is amazing. How could a girl that young have that strong of a voice? :O

lol! That Evolution Of Dance vid was funny. My mom looked like she wanted to start dancing when she heard 'Can't Touch This' By MCHammer and 'Ice Ice Baby' by Vanilla Ice. :P

johnc   5 years ago

The main idea of this article is that anyone can be a star no matter how horrible their performance. In my own opinion, I don't think the song "Friday" is good. I think it is just a repeat of "Baby" by Justin Bieber.

masont   5 years ago

The main idea is that Rebbeca Black made a lot of hits with her new song,Friday.

courtneyc   5 years ago

Anyone can become famous. A normal thirteen-year-old is a hit, just by putting her song, Friday, on Youtube!

mahitam   5 years ago

In 2005, three co-workers made a plan for a place where everyone could post their own videos, because they were having trouble e-mailing a video clip. This is how youtube started.13 year-old Rebecca Black became famous overnight by posting a video online.

nicoy   5 years ago

13 year old named Rebecca Black has a new song that some people think is bad but others like it.

mohammedk   5 years ago

Rebecca Black sang a song called Friday and it became a hit song.

carolinet   5 years ago

This is about a girl named Rebbeca Black who becomes a star. Rebbeca is so talented and thoughtful of others.

tanmayk   5 years ago

I can not believe that Rebecca got more views than Lady Gaga who a ton of people like. I think that youtube had a great idea letting people send 1 minuite videos. It is great that you can upload videos even if you don't have an account on youtube. I hope that the come up with more great ideas.

maryz   5 years ago

I can't believe Rebbeca Black has a hit song just over night! I am not a fan of the song, but many other people are. I never thought her song could beat Born This Way either. She is very fortunate to be so popular at age 13.

baileyh   5 years ago

The main idea is anyone can be a star if they work hard.

hopeg   5 years ago

How did she get so many hits? I have never even heard her song before.

brandonp   5 years ago

I personally think the song is ok but it is amazing how she got tens of millions of views in that amount of time.

jalynn   5 years ago

I personally dont think she can sing, no hard feelings but it is just an opinion otherwise the man that came next in the video, he was hilarious to me.

rudranshd   5 years ago

She does not sing very well.

gooffo glop (not verified)   4 years ago

I know, right? she dosen't sound good at all.

allyt   5 years ago

Rebecce Black is awesome! It is cool how she became famous over the web.

teddys   5 years ago

57 million views that is a lot she must be a very good singer.

dylann 2   5 years ago

It is about a 13 year old girl that made a youtube video and became popular.

alyssah   5 years ago

yeah shes a great singer prolly better than.. me lol, maybe?

zlin   5 years ago

youtube is great ican do anything in youtube

zlin   5 years ago

i like the song friday awesome

drumgirl1999   5 years ago

At the beginning of the song when she was sleeping, she had makeup on who would wear it at 7 a.m.???????

is the boss   5 years ago

the last one was funny the first one was stupid :):>

Darina5   5 years ago

I love that Song Friday!!!!!:)

Aash J   5 years ago

Everybody at school is singing about annoying

piethingy   5 years ago

I loved it!!!!!!

Avni   5 years ago

My mom told me that Simon Cowell, the former American Idol judge, who was really strict and critical, said that she was a genius. I thought it was horrible, and thought that it was a parody of some other song and that she was lip singing very badly, but she actually was seriously singing her own song! Even I outsmarted Simon Cowell on the decision that he made!!

diamond   5 years ago

it is really crazy

diamond   5 years ago

youtube has more and more fans than anything

iamkimmie (not verified)   5 years ago

i may c if i can record one of my songs i wrote and maybe post it on youtube if my mom will let me. i love to sing. some people say i cant sing, other people say im really really good i hope more people think im good than think im bad :D :D :D D: D: :D :D

whitneyd (not verified)   5 years ago

a lot of people get famous on youtube. i mean jb did

Armaan   5 years ago

The clock goes backwards at some time.

Armaan   5 years ago

Do Youngzines views count towards Youtube?

Sri   5 years ago

Good question. Yes, they DO count. So do any views on any website that embeds YouTube videos. Because YouTube allows other websites to embed their videos, they grew really popular..

Armaan   5 years ago


kaelahm   5 years ago

i think it s so ocool that she did that and its also cool that she has 57 million veiwers that watch her

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