Vanity singles by social media stars: a compendium

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Jasob Sartorius's 'Sweatshirt' is a classic of the genre, still miffed that he didn't get the full Rebecca Black treatment

Social media star who has earned over 8 million followers on Instagram and more than 16 million fans on through his lip sync videos of popular songs. He also reached over 900,000 followers on Vine. He has released the singles "Sweatshirt," Hit or Miss, All My Friends, and Last Text His debut EP The Last Text was released on January 20, 2017.

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 22:47 (one month ago) Permalink

That one is #8 in the list of YouTube videos with the most dislikes. Two places behind this newer song:

Iain Mew (if), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 22:50 (one month ago) Permalink

ha, what did she do to deserve 2 million dislikes? seems pretty inoffensive to my ears...

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 22:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Yulema - Lowkey Flex

Mexican-American star with over 2.6 million fans on her babygirlulee account.

She first became famous on the blogging website Tumblr for her blog stonecoldbabe.

Her YouTube channel SelfBreez, which later became renamed Yuleema Imaginee, has earned more than 400,000 subscribers.

She is of Mexican descent but was born in California and raised with three brothers and three sisters. She resides in Palmdale, California.

She posted a video titled "Sprite and Bananna Challenge W/iammikoe" featuring the song "Royals" by Lorde in April 2014.

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 22:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Danielle Cohn - Marilyn Monroe

Taking the title of Miss Florida Jr. Preteen Queen in 2015, she is a signed model who found an online following through the app She has over 5 million fans on In 2017, she released her first single, "Marilyn Monroe."

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 23:00 (one month ago) Permalink

Nick Bean - Wifi Wifey

Social media star who broadcasts live on YouNow for his 750,000 fans. He later joined Loren Beech, Baby Ariel, Weston Koury, Mario Selman, Brennen Taylor and Zach Clayton on a YouTube collaborative channel called Our Journey.

He gained a large following in a short amount of time after he started broadcasting on YouNow in mid-2014.

He published his first YouTube video called "New Channel" on January 17, 2015 and gained more than 5,000 subscribers in less than a week with just the one video.

(thanks to Maura for this one)

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 23:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Janoskians definitely the most successful at this transition right?

devvvine, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 23:06 (one month ago) Permalink

if by "success" you mean "shoehorned into the quasi boy band template because the culture industry is low on imagination" then sure

maura, Thursday, 18 May 2017 02:40 (one month ago) Permalink

digitour is an amazing hustle because parents often wind up buying tickets too, which means faster sellouts. i went to the one rebecca black headlined in 2015

maura, Thursday, 18 May 2017 02:42 (one month ago) Permalink

Notable DigiTour and DigiFest entertainers include:

Demi Lovato
Fifth Harmony
Troye Sivan
Noah Cyrus
Hoodie Allen
Bella Thorne
Jacob Sartorius
Tyler Oakley
Jack & Jack
Bea Miller
Madison Pettis
Cameron Dallas
Christina Grimmie

maura, Thursday, 18 May 2017 02:44 (one month ago) Permalink

christina grimmie now more notable for something other than being a digitour and digifest entertainer, sadly

Drive Your Lover Wild In Bed By Cosplaying As Jeff Lynne (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 18 May 2017 09:38 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah :(

maura, Thursday, 18 May 2017 09:47 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Lea Goldstein - Be My Boy

Rising social media personality who is active on networks like Instagram and YouNow. She's become most well known for her lip-sync videos.

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Thursday, 1 June 2017 15:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Duhitzmark - Selfie

Born Mark Thomas and better known by his social media identity Duhitzmark, he is a YouNow and Instagram sensation who publishes videos to the latter of the networks. He released his first singles, "Selfie" and "Mistletoe," in 2016. He has collaborated on videos with other social stars such as Loren Gray, Zach Clayton, Nathan Triska and Jackson Krecioch.

(he hasn't yet released a video for his latest single Sidechick but I'm sure it's gna be lit)

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Thursday, 1 June 2017 15:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

BruhItsZach - Insta Bae

Primarily known for his YouNow live streams and Instagram account, he is a web personality known as bruhitszach. His YouNow channel has earned over 1.4 million followers and he has more than 2.1 million followers on Instagram. Also a musician, he has released singles such as "Insta Bae" and "Odd Petals."

He and six other well known web personalities formed a YouTube collaborative group called Our Journey.

He is from the Austin, TX area. Practically each of his family members at home became regular YouNow broadcasters. He began a relationship with Daniella Perkins in 2017. He dated Baby Ariel for a few months in 2016.

He and fellow YouNow stars RudanC, Nick Bean, Timmy Connors, and Edwin Burgos formed the group 5quad.

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Thursday, 1 June 2017 15:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

this was one of my favourite ark music factory songs, i love the weird meandering nature of the verses. i think hes in an extremely unsuccessful boy band now

ufo, Thursday, 1 June 2017 15:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink


maura, Thursday, 1 June 2017 15:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

that was such a weird show. they sang and danced and did a trivia contest where all the questions were about bieber and 1d. like, you have enough fans that they and their parents can almost sell out a 975-cap venue! make them test their love for you!

then rebecca black performed and she did NOT do "friday"

maura, Thursday, 1 June 2017 15:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Maura were you in an episode of Black Mirror there.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 June 2017 15:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lol, Maura. was the crowd unironically enthusiastic about Rebecca, or or did they recognize her as a joke/meme? the average 12-year-old probably isn't aware of her origin story and just thinks of her as another internet star.

someone should embed themself in a bunch of these people's fandoms for a year, following all their fan accounts, watching all their livestreams, attending all their meetups and DigiTours, and ultimately writing a book/thinkpiece about their struggle to grasp the appeal of vapid social media content creators. like a shitty version of that Carl Wilson book

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Thursday, 1 June 2017 16:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i would love to do that.

people liked her but the (mostly female) crowd screamed loudest for 5quad

maura, Thursday, 1 June 2017 16:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

one of the members of this new group - why don't we, whose new single is "why don't we just" - also played that show

maura, Friday, 2 June 2017 13:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

only aware of this b/c it is currently stinking up the itunes top 10

dyl, Friday, 2 June 2017 16:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

holy shit @ "Hooked On You", omg

PJD PDJ DPJ (DJP), Friday, 2 June 2017 17:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the appeal of vapid social media content creators

would read because I do not understand this phenomenon at all

Οὖτις, Friday, 2 June 2017 17:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

This is the fucking worst music I've ever heard in my life.

Mr. Snrub, Saturday, 3 June 2017 12:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Rico - Guapanese

Social media personality who is known for his presence on Instagram, YouTube, YouNow, Twitter, and He has gained widespread renown for his last_mann account, where his lip-syncs often involve a dance of his. He posted his first photo to Instagram on December 31, 2015. On March 2, 2016, he released his EP Single Handed to iTunes. He was born and raised in California. His real name is Adym Alyxander Yorba. He has seven siblings, one named Sawyer. His likeness has often been compared to Justin Bieber's due to their similar fashion sense.

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 16:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Annie LeBlanc & Hayden Summerall - Little Do You Know

Annie LeBlanc - Became famous as one of the three siblings featured on the family vlog YouTube channel Bratayley. She has trained as a level 9 gymnast. She became popular on the app under the name presshandstands7, earning over 8 million fans. She first started out on YouTube on a channel called Acroanna where she posted gymnastics meets and tutorials. She was part of a collaborative channel called SevenAwesomeKids but left due to gymnastics. She also became part of the collaborative YouTube channel Gymscool. She signed with Disney's Maker Studios. Her parents' names are Katie and Billy. She collaborates with her sister Hayley on the channels Bratayley and OMMyGoshTV. Her older brother Caleb passed away in 2015.

Hayden Summerall - Singer, rapper, and actor who is one of the 4 Summerall brothers. He has over 1 million followers on Instagram. He is from Dallas, Texas and later moved to Los Angeles. He participated in a meet and greet called Winter Lights 2 in Phoenix, Arizona in December of 2014. On his 12th birthday, he blew out birthday candles at the Famous Birthdays office. He has 3 brothers named Dylan, Jimmy and Hunter. He has posted a pic on Facebook with his mother Tisha. In 2017, he became close friends with Dance Moms star Mackenzie Ziegler.

they've been getting a little bit of hate for this because Annie allegedly stole Hayden from his Dance Moms girlfriend

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 16:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Austin Jones arrested on child pornography charges

YouTube star Austin Jones, 24, was arrested on Monday in Chicago on child pornography charges, the Associated Press reports. Jones, whose pop music channel has more than 500,000 subscribers, allegedly used social media to urge two underage female friends to send him sexually explicit videos of themselves.


Jones is known for posting acapella and acoustic covers of popular songs by artists ranging from Panic! At the Disco to Justin Bieber, and has a fanbase that is primarily teenage girls, according to the complaint. More than 5 million people have watched his most popular video, an acapella cover of “Welcome to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance.”

Both of the victims allegedly expressed reservations about making the videos for Jones, and Victim A repeatedly told him that she was only 14, the complaint states. However, Jones continued to encourage them to record the videos, telling each of the girls what to wear and what to say, in addition to directing them to perform sex acts as “try outs.”

The complaint states that Jones told Victim B, “I seriously shouldn’t be talking to you,” before telling her in an online chat that he was trying to help her understand his detailed instructions. “I know you’re trying your hardest to prove you’re my biggest fan,” Jones allegedly told Victim B. “And I don’t want to have to find someone else.”

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 14 June 2017 13:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

good riddance, guy I've never heard of

(I'm still waiting patiently for Onision to suffer the same fate)

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

There was a minor scandal a few years back when a load of indie youtubers were found to be engaging in various forms of sexual exploitation and abuse -

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 21:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

austin jones is on that list near the bottom

maura, Thursday, 15 June 2017 11:58 (one week ago) Permalink

Pretty weird how like 3 or 4 of those youtubers were on Hank and John Green's DFTBA record label, with accompanying reponses to these situations from Hank and John. I've been familiar with a number of their projects (for instance, Crash Course). But I had no idea until now that they had a record label, much less a record label for youtube stars who every couple of years seem to solicit minors for nudes or similar scandals.

how's life, Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:47 (one week ago) Permalink

Mackenzie Ziegler - Monsters (aka Haters)

Former "Dance Moms" star Mackenzie Ziegler is two-timing a music producer by bailing on performances and record sessions, and working with another producer on the side ... according to a lawsuit.

Kismet Music is going after 13-year-old Mackenzie and her mom, Melissa Gisoni ... saying they breached their 2014 deal.

In the docs, Kismet says when it signed Mackenzie -- who has more than a million YouTube followers -- she agreed to "deliver technically and commercially satisfactory records." In exchange, Kismet would try to secure a recording contract and distribution deal for her.

The producers say Mackenzie and her mom didn't seem to have any issues with the contract when they were cashing checks associated with music released under the deal -- but in 2016 something changed. According to the suit, Mackenzie started skipping recording sessions and meetings -- and when Kismet tried to contact her, at least 14 times ... radio silence.

Maddie Ziegler's kid sister is also working with another producer, a clear violation of her exclusivity deal with Kismet ... according to the suit.

Kismet is suing for 15% of Mackenzie's net profits under the deal.

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 15:58 (one week ago) Permalink

many many xposts: I'm going through this thread for the first time now, but I don't think I can listen past the godawful Danielle Cohn song that repeats the words "Marilyn Monroe" so many times I'm reminded me of GWB-era iTunes ripoff artist Mike Macharyas

bernard snowy, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 16:16 (one week ago) Permalink

lol. I guess Wesley Willis would be the other obvious touchstone

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:33 (one week ago) Permalink

JoJo Siwa - Kid In A Candy Store

Dancer and social media sensation who is wildly popular on where she has attracted more than 11 million fans to her ItsJoJoSiwa account. She has over 5 million followers on Instagram and more than 3.5 million subscribers on YouTube.

She began dancing before she was even 5 years old and learned to love hip hop dance over any other style. She does enjoy Jazz, Contemporary, and Lyrical as well.

She was a top 5 finalist on the second season of the Lifetime series Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition and the youngest dancer to make it to the season 2 finale.

Her mother Jessalynn owns her own dance studio in Omaha. Her older brother is named Jayden. She has three dogs named Coco, Lulu and BowBow.

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Monday, 26 June 2017 21:09 (two days ago) Permalink

(pretty much resigned to seeing this stuff in my sidebar all the fucking time now)

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Monday, 26 June 2017 21:10 (two days ago) Permalink

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