While many people use Youtube to watch funny videos of cats or scare pranks, its mostly used for sourcing music videos. After all streaming music videos was the main reason the social media site was first founded.
And while we still do use it to watch our favourite musical acts, currently many of the record breaking videos on the site are music videos, the site has given birth to a new form of music. Cover videos are growing in popularity and are increasing in numbers each week. These videos involve musicians covering well known or popular songs and putting their own spin on them.
Currently anyone with a Youtube account and a camera can upload their own music video. But among the endless lists there are a number of fantastic accounts which deserve some attention. Below are four Youtube cover artist who people should keep an eye on.
The new social media app Vine has resulted in many of the stars in this list taking on a new and growing fan base as they use the social media outlet to promote covers and videos on Youtube. Below are just four artists who have successfully combined the two platforms to gain world wide recognition.
US The Duo
Us The Duo is an American folk-pop duo made up of a husband and wife. They have shot to fame for their brilliant covers and gained a cult following thanks to their six second covers of songs on Vine. Currently they have just under 5 million followers on Vine and have been signed to Republic Records
Watch their cover of We Found Love here.
Shawn Mendes is a Canadian singer song-writer who also has gained a cult following for his music covers when he started posting six second covers on Vine. At the age of 17 he is already signed to Island Records.
Watch Shawn’s cover of One Directions Drag me Down here.
Tanner Patrick is a singer and musician from Texas. He began his Youtube career in 2011 and has amassed over 850,000 subscribers to date. In 2014 Patrick released his debut album ‘ The Waiting Home’.
Watch Tanner’s cover of Taylor Swift’s Blank Space here.
Charlie Puth is an American singer song-writer who first gained a following through his Youtube account. However in recent time he has gained a international attention thanks to his song with Wiz Khalifa ‘See You Again’ which appeared on in the movie Fast and the Furious 7.
Watch Charlie’s cover of All of Me by John Legend here.