We have three copies of Youngers on DVD to give away in our latest competition! Keep reading below to find out how you could be a winner!
From the award winning writers of My Murder (Levi David Addai), Casualty (Mark Catley) and Skins (Georgia Lester) comes a brand new British comedy drama, Youngers, available on DVD from 13th May 2013. Set in South London, the eight part drama follows a group of 16 year olds trying to negotiate their way through teenage life in a world that’s more about swagger than straight A’s.
Once upon a time if you wanted to succeed in the music business you’d post off a cassette tape or CD, hoping some music producer would snap it up. Nowadays, wannabe stars are more likely to showcase their talent on the internet, hoping to be the next cyberspace hit! To celebrate the release of brand new comedy, Youngers, which stars YouTube comedy sketch sensation Jovian Wade, Percelle Ascott and Dee Karter as ‘Mandem On The Wall’, we’ve taken a look at the top 5 music stars who’ve launched their careers this way.
1. Justin Bieber
Probably YouTube’s biggest success story, Justin was discovered in 2007 when Scooter Braun of marketing label So So Def stumbled upon one of Bieber’s videos. Braun tracked down the then 13 year old to record a demo tape in Atlanta. A month later he was picked up by Usher (who outbid Justin Timberlake), and eventually signed with Island Records. Fast forward to 2013 and Bieber is one of the world’s biggest pop stars.
Justin covers Chris Brown before making it big:
YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQOFRZ1wNLw
2. Arctic Monkeys
The Arctic Monkeys made the big time by creating an online community on their MySpace page. This enabled them to release music and info on the band without the need for a record label. Digital pioneers, they revamped their MySpace page with forums, tour info, photos of the band and online streaming of their music. It did the trick as they signed to Domino Records in 2006 and then released their first ‘official’ album which became the fastest selling in UK history.
Arctic Moneys first single ‘‘5 Minutes with Arctic Monkeys’’:
YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1DGdqA6zRA
3. Lily Allen
With her quirky musical tastes and cheeky attitude, pop singer/songwriter Lily Allen made a name for herself almost as soon as she released her demos on the Internet. In 2005, she set up a MySpace page and posted demos of her songs, as both individual tracks and as part of two limited-edition “mixtapes” featuring tracks by Dizzee Rascal, Revival, and Ludacris. The critical acclaim for her work fueled Allen’s publicity, leading to tens of thousands of friends on MySpace, airplay on BBC Radio One, and a record deal with Regal/Parlophone.
First mainstream single ‘‘Smile’’:
YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WxDrVUrSvI
4. Jessie J
Jessie first found success as a songwriter, gaining a Sony ATV publishing contract writing for artists such as Chris Borwn and Miley Cyrus but wasn’t actually a known artist herself. Lava Records took noticed when her publisher at Sony sent a link to her MySpace page, which the record executive loved. After an impressive U.S. showcase, several labels were keen to sign Jessie and eventually she signed a joint deal with Lava and Universal Republic. Jessie has ridden the internet age becoming a true online sensation – with a Myspace portal specifically designed for her and her very own online TV show, Dare Jessie, this girl understands the importance of engaging the online community!
“Big White Room” – Jessie’s first song uploaded to YouTube:
YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKfzXq1gcG4
5. Conor Maynard
Following in Justin Bieber’s footsteps, Conor covered tracks in his bedroom and posted them on YouTube. His first video to break 1 million viewers was a cover of Ne-Yo’s “Beautiful Monster” posted in June 2010. He was then snapped up by Ne-Yo’s manager and went on to sign with EMI two years later at just 17 years of age. Since then Conor’s collaborations with Ne-Yo and Pharell on his new album Contrast propelled him into the US market, and now he is making an even bigger splash than the UK. Just shows the power of the internet!
Conor Maynard singing track ‘‘Lay In My Bed’’ from his bedroom:
YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UldMCVwh5oE
To see the latest talent in the music industry featuring a host of original grime and rap music from songwriter Aiden Hogarth who has previously collaborated with chart topper Tinchy Strider, grab a copy British comedy drama Youngers out to own on DVD from 13th May.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning a copy of the film is answer this simple question:
What is the name of the YouTube sensation band featured in ‘Youngers’?
If you know the answer then submit your entry along with your full name and address in the form below. The closing date for entries is 17th May 2013.