These are some of the biggest stars in the world, even if you haven’t heard of them yet.
Musical.ly is taking over the world with vloggers across the globe entertaining millions of fans with quirky lip syncing clips turning them into viral sensations. If you’re already on board, it’s time to make sure you’re following the right people and not missing out on the best the app can offer.
And if not, we’ve got you covered. Social media is a minefield, but we’re here to explain – Musical.ly is a Chinese video app designed for users – or Musers – to create short videos often based around music. It has now amassed millions of followers who have become stars in their own right.
So here are some of the top Musers out there bringing makeup tips, hilarious videos and exciting clips to brighten your day.
Here’s who you should be watching:
1. Loren Gray – 22.4m fans, @lorengray
Loren Grey is just 15, and the YouTuber is already making waves online with her lip-syncing videos – it’s easy to see why, with the humour and genuine emotion brought to each clip.
A musician, actress, dancer and model, the teen has already featured on the pages of Teen Vogue and Seventeen, and has even picked up Teen Choice Awards for her skills as a Muser.
2. Johnny Orlando – 6.5m fans, @johnnyorlando
If you’ve not already heard of Johnny Orlando, it’s about time you joined everyone else in having his name on your lips as the next Shawn Mendes or Justin Bieber. Although he started performing covers – and his hilarious skits are still a must-see part of Musical.ly – he’s gone on to start his own impressive music career.
He only turned 15 last month, but young Johnny – who puts clips of his own tunes on the app – has almost seven million followers, and already has seven singles to his name. With the likes of Biebs and Shawn becoming such huge stars, you can put money on Johnny joining them on top of the world.
3. Jacob Sartorius – 19.4m fans, @jacobsatorious
You’ve probably already heard of Jacob Sartorious, as the adorable boyfriend of Stranger Things star Millie Bobbie Brown – and let’s be honest, they’re already the absolute cutest. But away from being one half of our favourite celeb couple – did we mention they’re the cutest? – Jacob could be storming the charts at this rate.
OK, so we just tipped Johnny Orlando to be the next Bieber, but Jacob can stake some serious claim to that in his own right after Sweatshirt – from his debut EP The Last Text – hit the iTunes Top 10 last year, and he wasted no time with the follow-up EP Left Me Hangin’ in October. The sky’s the limit!
4. Kristen Hancher – 19.6m fans, @kristenhancher
Kristen Hancher is one of the older mainstream Musers – she turns 19 in May – and she’s built herself a great fanbase across Musical.ly and Instagram, showing off her skills as a singer, dancer and even on the football (soccer, in her home Canada).
Always up for a collaboration, Kristen’s relatable clips have earned her major props, and a legion of followers. It’s not hard to see why, and the fact she can clearly poke fun at herself only adds to the charm.
5. Ariel Martin – 24.2m fans, @babyariel
Ariel Martin – AKA Baby Ariel – might be an obvious one for anyone already on the app, but newcomers won’t want to miss out on someone TIME magazine has ranked as one of the most influential people on the internet last year.
Her anti-bullying and anti-harassment work gets a standing ovation from us, and her amazing voice is just another reason to pay attention. She even left school to study online and give her more time to focus on Musical.ly – so it’d be rude to ignore her with that kind of dedication.
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