YouTube sensation Esmee Denters is finally out with her first song “Outta Here” produced by Justin Timberlake. Catchy, techno tune. Hard to believe she was discovered from her bedroom on YouTube.
Here’s the making of video:
Pretty cool. Can’t wait for Esmee Denters’ first album. She started singing from her bedroom and posted clips on YouTube. Now she’s with Justin Timberlake, and I think that’s all you need to succeed–besides a good voice.
Best new voice on YouTube I’ve heard in 2009! This song is very catchy; her voice is beautiful. Whoever came up with the idea for this memorable video shot in a pub deserves kudos. She was just signed by an indie label ATO Records.
News: Esmee Denters, the teen singing sensation discovered on YouTube, will be performing in San Francisco at YouTube Live 2008. For more about Esmee, click here for all of my posts about her.
I can’t wait. This will be a big moment for YouTube and the community.
News: Paul sent in this blog post chronicling how Esmee Denters just went over the 100 million view mark on YouTube. Amazing!
I’ve watched hundreds, if not thousands, of YouTube videos this year. Here are my selections for The Best YouTube Videos of 2007.
1. Best YouTube Video of the Year: Esmee
Esmee Denters is an 18-year-old Dutch girl who started singing on YouTube from her bedroom. Soon, she started drawing hundreds of thousands of views. Then, in the millions. Eventually, a guy named Justin Timberlake signed her to a record deal. This video was shot right before the announcement of the deal. It represents the best that “user-generated content” has to offer. Wait for the video’s ending. Esmee’s first album will be released in 2008.
2. First Runner-Up: Miss South Carolina
It pains me to select a TV clip as the First Runner-Up, but this video of Miss South Carolina Lauren Caitlin Upton speaks for itself. She’s beautiful and should be a spokesperson for GPS.
3. Second Runner-Up: James Kotecki interviews Ron Paul from his dorm
From his dorm room, James Kotecki interviewed Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. Kotecki also interviewed Mike Huckabee, Mike Gravel, John Edwards, and Dennis Kucinich. The citizen-journalist might have more power today than ever before.
4. Third Runner-Up: Lazydork raps YouTube, so does Renetto
Irreverance is king on YouTube.
5. Fourth Runner-Up: Obama girl
Cleavage is queen on YouTube.
6. Fifth Runner-Up: Ron Paul
He’s the most watched candidate on YouTube. Still trying to figure out why.
7. Sixth Runner-Up: Hillary 1984
Why citizens will be a factor in the presidential election in 2008.
[I reserve 24 hours to revise my picks as I think of other videos I've watched. Drop me an email if you like to nominate another video. utubeblog [at] gmail [dot] com
Julia and James “Dirty Dancing” wedding dance
Tyson, the skateboarding dance
Video click here. Esmee was very nervous, but there’s no doubt she will be a star.
(Sorry, Oprah’s disabled the embedding of videos, so you need to click the link above.)
News: Today is the day. Oprah officially becomes a YouTuber, hosting Steve Chen and Chad Hurley on her show, along with other YouTubers like Esmee Denters. YouTube will get the “Oprah treatment,” which is not bad for a company nearing 3 years old. If you’re free this afternoon, you can catch Oprah at 4 p.m. (at least in my area). I will blog much more about the show afterwards. Can’t wait.
For more, visit my last post.
News: One of my readers commented that I should have noted that Esmee Denters will be donating all of her royalties from sales of her new song, “Crazy Place” (featured on this video) to charity. The song will be available next week on her website, www.esmeeworld.com. Justin Timberlake and his label Tennman Records will match the amount with a donation of their own.
Analysis: It was almost a year ago when I first began writing about Esmee. Back then, she was an 18-year-old Dutch girl singing to her karaoke machine from her bedroom in her parents’ house. Now, a year later, she’s signed with Justin Timberlake’s new label and will be appearing on Oprah on Tuesday. Wow, now that’s incredible.
As I said when Esmee first announced getting signed to a music contract, I feel so happy for all the success Esmee is experiencing. It couldn’t have happened to a sweeter person. Although Esmee did once have a desire to become a social worker, my guess is that she will be able to achieve much more good through her music. What musician donates all her royalties for her first single to charity? Esmee is something special.
News: Esmee Denters is one of the biggest musical discoveries on YouTube. This spring, she signed with Justin Timberlake and got to perform with him in Europe. Here’s Episode 1 of her mini-documentary, “Around the World with Esmee.” For more posts on Esmee, visit here.
Analysis: The best part is the ending, where we get to know Esmee a little more.
News: Esmee Denters is No.17 on Blender’s list of “Hot” 100 artists of 2007. You have to go to the magazine because I can’t find the photo of Esmee online.
Analysis: I’m a little surprised Esmee is ranked that high because she still is somewhat unknown in the U.S. She beat out a lot of more well-known artists, so props to Esmee!
News: Former Seventeen magazine editor-in-chief Atoosa Rubenstein has selected Esmee Denters as one of her “alpha kitties,” which she describes as follows:
“What’s an Alpha Kitty, you ask? Someone who’s brave, creative, fierce, passionate and…well, yes, weird. Weird is the new normal, haven’t you heard? After all, who wants to be cookie-cutter, anyway? Ugh. B-O-R-I-N-G. “Le freak c’ést chic” is our motto in the world of Alpha Kitty. We’re a celebration of being different…of being individuals…of self expression.” Other alpha kitties are here.
Esmee Denters returns back to how it all started, with a simple music video of her singing. I will soon be writing a post about YouTube’s Second Biggest Challenge: finding and keeping talent on its site.
News: YouTube sensation Esmee Denters announces a contest, shows a preview of behind-the-scenes video of her rise to stardom, and then performs an original song at the end. UPDATE: Esmee took down the original video with the new song and posted a different video without the new song, but with a souped up version of “Figure It Out.”
Analysis: Happy anniversary, Esmee! It’s been quite a year. Thanks for sharing it with the YouTube community. The best is yet to come.
News: It just happened a few minutes ago. Esmee Denters overtook Mia Rose for the No.1 Most Subscribed Musician on YouTube, 67,874 subscriptions versus 67,861. Esmee also is the No.1 Most Viewed female artist on YouTube (close to 41 million views) and 3rd Most Viewed overall musician — next to My Chemical Romance (over 65 million views) and the entire Warner Brothers Records label (over 48 million views).
News: Dutch singing sensation Esmee Denters appears poised to overtake Mia Rose as the No.1 Most Subscribed Musician on YouTube. Esmee’s at 67,824 subscribers, Mia Rose is at 67,870. That’s the closest it’s been (46). Esmee already is the No.1 most viewed female musician, so if she overtakes Mia, Esmee will further solidify her status.
News: Esmee Denters and Mia Rose draw a lot of comparisons on YouTube, with their fans sometimes trying to prove who’s better. Both have signed with labels after being discovered on YouTube. I’ll let you judge for yourself.
Mia singing “Unwritten”
Esmee singing “Unwritten”