TikTok shapes modern pop-culture. This is the reality, so someone skeptical about this popular platform would better put up with it. From the outside looking, TikTok may seem like a bulk of endless dancing challenges and banal sync-singing of teenagers. However, it takes as few as 15 seconds to make a performer a star. Of course, given that you will make the users dance to your piece of music.
So, what is TikTok? A billion users globally, the source of musical discoveries, which are carefully followed by glossy magazines and producers. It is also the platform that is recommended as most appropriate for launching a singing career. TikTok may turn even the most humble karaoke-lover into a global phenomenon, which will become the idol for the millions. Here is the list of eleven modern popular musicians, who owe their fame to TikTok.
11 TikTok music stars
Lil Nas X
One day, a little known rapper Lil Nas X with his song «Old Town Road» blew up TikTok with a YeeHaw challenge. The users put on the cowboy-style gear, dancing to the song that went viral almost instantly. Several months later, Lil Nas X signed a contract with the Columbia Records label.
A 20-year-old New Zealander BENEE is a proof that TikTok fame is connected with the “relevant” user dancing to your song. One morning, the young woman woke up and didn’t believe her eyes: charli d’amelio herself – the star with 90 mil followers – was dancing to her song “Supalonely”. Just to make you better understand a TikTok effect, the BENEE video, uploaded on YouTube in February this year, has already been watched 148 times.
Roddy Ricch, just like any beginner singer, dreamed of being famous. But he couldn’t even imagine that after just several months he would become a world star and make it straight to the Billboard Top and Britain’s Top 40. This is all thanks to the “The Box” track and millions of videos featuring this song.
This is another young American rapper who has won over the TikTok platform with his hit “Uno” and made good use of challenges on social media. #UnoDanceChallenge hit over 50 million streams. Currently, the musician has a contract with Columbia Records and is just fine.
In 2018, Sam Fischer, a singer from LA, released a single “This City” and was hoping for recognition beyond the small circle of his fans for the long 18 months. Today, almost a billion videos have been made, using this melancholic song. The track made it to the charts of the US and Great Britain, and Sam signed the contract with RCA Records.
Ashnikko, 24, wearing a bright blue wig looks nothing like a sorrowful heartbroken person. Her daring tribute to a break-up called “Stupid” became a TikTok hit instantly and turned the singer into a star, whose talent was praised even by Miley Cyrus.
A young guy from Zimbabwe who moved to Britain and has been working hard for a decade but it only took him a month to reach the top of the British charts in a matter of a month and remain there for as long as 13 weeks. What’s the secret behind S1mba’s breakthrough? TikTok, a great track “Rover”, and a viral challenge #mulachallenge.
In 2019, a 21-year-old Canadian rapper Powful decided to share his love story in the song “Death bed (coffee for your head)”. It might have remained the only line in his music career if it was not for the tiktokers and a sudden lockdown that triggered creativity on social media. 500 million streams, a remix by Blink-182, and 59th position among most listened performers in the world.
Just like many other young singers, Kaash Paige, 19, started her creative journey with recording a single. This was a romantic “Love Song” which went unnoticed by the wide audience. Though, it turned out to be very popular and demanded on TikTok. Kaash Paige had to start an account there to thank the users who made her famous.
The 22-year old Tiagz feels like home on the Internet. The self-proclaimed inventor of the “meme-music” is widely aware of how to get the ultimate response from TikTok. In 2019, his video got a total of 16 billion views. And the support by the most influential teenager on the Internet charli d’amelio let Tiagz sign the contract with Sony.
Top-30 on BBC playlist, the most played song on the radio this summer, and almost a new anthem of Great Britain – these the “star” consequences of the love of the millions of TikTok users. The track was created by the young guy Niko. B. “The star was born” as the music producers liked to say when they were storming the doors of the 19-year-old singer’s apartment.
So, if you haven’t got a TikTok account yet, it’s high time registering there. It has never been as easy to make yourself known to the entire world and become a star. Sing, make success, and win the fans’ hearts.