YouTube celebrated the international artist community’s creativity & resilience last October 23, 2020. Foundry Fest saluted the diverse and global nature of YouTube with more than 20 videos. It includes collaborative conversations, performances, and music from Founding artists premiered via their Official YouTube Channels.
Foundry Fest was not only a celebration, but it was also a diversion that raised funds to help charitable organizations like Save Our Stages, Equal Justice Initiative, and many more. This was made possible and available through YouTube Giving’s Donate feature.
Moreover, Foundry is known as YouTube’s artist development program across the globe. It helps independent artists use music, tell a story, engage with fans across borders, and build uniquely unique careers.
I’m sure you don’t want to miss your favorite artists who partied in the Foundry Fest! Learn more about the International YouTube Music Foundry Fest 2020.
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Foundry began in 2016 as a series of workshops and content creation sessions at YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles, New York, and London. Its goal is to provide artists with tools to grow their presence on YouTube. Dua Lipa, ROSALÍA, Dave, CUCO, Gunna, Mahalia, Maleek Berry, Chloe x Halle, Jacob Collier, Rauw Alejandro, and Cavetown are the alumni artists of the program.
Dua Lipa participated in Foundry’s first year and became the youngest female artist to earn 1 billion views on a YouTube video.
Indeed, YouTube is the most interesting platform ever made in history which discovers the best artists around the world. Struggling artists can become millionaires and world-renown. In fact, something that might just be separating the two is who safely buys the most YouTube views to get started – assuming their music is good!
Timeless Collaboration of Artists
Foundry’s newest class featured 11 independent acts across the globe. These artists worked together to bring their music and stories to new audiences and build lasting relationships with their fans. Together, the class developed their music and visual content, becoming experts at building deep connections with their fans.
Here is our list of predictions for artists who might come to the International YouTube Music Foundry Fest 2021:
1. Dua Lipa – 15.7M subscribers
Dua Lipa is an English singer, songwriter, and model. Her musical career began at age 14 when she began covering songs by other artists on YouTube. Lipa won the EBBA Public Choice Award (2017), debuted her self-titled studio album (2017). In 2018, Lipa won two Brit Awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.
2. Beabadoobee – 392K subscribers
Beatrice Laus Filipino-born British singer-songwriter. From 2018 to 2019, she released four extended plays under the independent label Dirty Hit including Lice (2018), Patched Up (2018), Loveworm (2019), and Space Cadet (2019). Her debut studio album, Fake It Flowers, was released in October 2020 to critical acclaim.
3. Omar Apollo – 70.7K subscribers
Omar Apolonio Velasco is a Mexican-American singer-songwriter. Apollo sings both in English and Spanish.
4. Arlo Parks – 20.4K subscribers
Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho is a British singer-songwriter and poet from West London. Known for her singles “Cola” and “Black Dog,” she was longlisted as a breakthrough act of 2020 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2020.
5. Joesef – 3.24K subscribers
Joesef is a new singer-songwriter who quietly makes waves in the UK music scene. He’s already been compared to Amy Winehouse. His music was so hotly anticipated that his first gig sold out before he had even released a single track. The elusive, soulful musician comes from Glasgow and records his music in his bedroom.
6. Rauw Alejandro – 5.9M subscribers
In 2018, Rauw Alejandro made some big musical collaborations, leading him to debut on digital platforms and reach millions of views. “Luz Apaga” with Ozuna, Lunay, and Lyanno reached more than 74 million views on YouTube, and “Todo Remix” with Lyanno, Alex Rose, Cazzu, and Lenny Tavárez currently has more than 495 million views.
7. Gabriel Garzón-Montano – 11.1K subscribers
Gabriel Garzon-Montano is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. After earning a spotlight by opening for Lenny Kravitz’s European tour in 2014 and being sampled in the Drake song “Jungle” in 2015, part of a Grammy-nominated and double platinum album, Garzón-Montano released his debut album, Jardín, in 2017 through Stones Throw Records. Garzón-Montano has performed at major U.S. and international venues. His music style blends R&B, soul, funk, and as of 2020, urban-reggaeton.
8. Natanael Cano – 3.57M subscribers
Natanael Cano is a Mexican music artist who has recently appeared on the music scene, but he’s taking the world by storm. He’s a sensation in the Latin music industry who gathers a large community of followers and fans who are thrilled with his most recent releases.
9. Rina Sawayama – 228K subscribers
Rina Sawayama is a Japanese-born British singer-songwriter and model. While studying politics, psychology, and sociology at Magdalene College, Sawayama was a member of Lazy Lion’s hip hop group with musician Theo Ellis. Sawayama made her solo debut in 2013 and released her debut extended play, Rina, in 2017. Her debut studio album, Sawayama, was released in April 2020 to critical acclaim.
10. Lost Stories – 291K subscribers
Lost Stories is an Indian DJ/producer duo composed of Prayag Mehta and Rishab Joshi. They are best known for their ability to blend Indian folk sounds with electronic music uniquely.
11. Tessa Violet – 1.8M subscribers
Tessa Violet was previously known as Meekakitty, is an American singer-songwriter, video blogger, actress, music video director, and former model. Originally a video blogger, over the years, Tessa Violet’s online content became devoted to her musical career, with Violet having released two studio albums, Maybe Trapped Mostly Troubled in 2014 and Bad Ideas in 2019.
12. Baby Rose – 12.9K subscribers
Jasmine Rose Wilson (born August 5, 1994), known professionally as Baby Rose, is an American singer born in Washington, D.C. She is an independent artist but has a distribution deal with Human Resources.
13. Michael Brun – 32.9K subscribers
Brun is a Haitian DJ and record producer based in New York, known for blending electronic music with traditional Haitian styles such as “kompa” and “rara”. He released his debut EP Gravity in 2013 and founded the record label Kid Coconut in 2014, to showcase Haitian music and develop Haitian artists. In 2018, he released the single “Positivo” with J Balvin, which became the theme song for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. His debut album, Lokal, was released on June 26, 2019.
14. Eladio Carrion – 898K subscribers
Eladio Carrión was regarded by other “urbanos” as an established stylist in Latin trap. His 2018 collaboration on the video for “Sigue Bailandome” with Yann C, Darkiel, and Myke Towers put him over the top, making him one of the most in-demand Latin rappers.
15. Novelbright – 256K subscribers
Novelbright is a five-member Japanese rock band formed in 2013 and mainly active in Osaka.
16. Lime Cordiale – 32.6K subscribers
Lime Cordiale is an Australian pop-rock duo from Sydney, consisting of brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach. They formed in 2009 and released their debut studio album Permanent Vacation in 2017. The duo has performed at Groovin’ the Moo and South by Southwest.
17. REI AMI – 111K subscribers
Rei Ami is a korean known as the ‘Asian Hannah Montana.’ She’s a pop star who raps about assassins and sugar daddies.
18. Adam Melchor – 13.3K subscribers
Adam Melchor is a 24 year old folk singer songwriter from New Jersey. He released his debut EP The Archer on March 31, 2017 on Blanket Fort.
19. TESSÆ – 42.9K subscribers
Tessae is known for her songs entitled Bling (2020), 3x Jolie (2020), and Salope (2020).
20. Guapdad 4000 – 80.3K subscribers
Akeem Douglas Hayes, professionally known as Guapdad 4000, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is also a member of the hip-hop supergroup Zoink Gang, with JID, Smino, and Buddy. He released his first mixtape, Scamboy Color, on December 6, 2017.
21. Isabella Lovestory – 1.37K subscribers
Isabella Lovestory is a self-proclaimed popstar princess. Having grown up in Honduras with a radio show host father, the Montreal-based singer has long been exposed to all kinds of music ranging from glamorous to grunge.
Stay Tuned and Always Be Updated
Every day was an opportunity to show your skills and talents. In other words, it’s a chance to show the world what you really got! Just put passion, dedication, time, effort, confidence, and talent altogether. Surely, you’re going to hit high record tracks.
If you’re the type who only wants to watch, support, and cheer for your favorite artists, YouTube is also the best way to always get in touch with your darling artists and celebs!
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