“Gangnam Style” was THE dance and song of 2012. Korean rapper Psy took over American air waves in the fall of that year with his catchy hit and quirky dance. After uploading the music video unto YouTube in summer of 2012, Psy became an international pop star.
Amy Heidemann, lead singer of the group Karmin, wowed YouTube viewers with her rapping speed and her ability to harmonize with swag, Fergie-style. Karmin’s pop/ballad cover of Chris Brown‘s hit “Look At Me Now” gained the group national popularity. Soon after, they released an album with Epic Records and produced the hit song “Brokenhearted.”
5. Lana Del Rey
From (allegedly) living in a trailer park in New Jersey to producing songs for huge movies like “Maleficient,” Del Rey (a.k.a. Lizzie Grant) has sure come long way. After releasing her first album, Del Rey uploaded onto YouTube a music video for the song “Video Games.” The video gained her so much online popularity that she was invited to perform on Saturday Night Live.