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12 People You Forgot Started On YouTube

Posting videos online led these people to fame and fortune. Catch the next generation of YouTube celebs in BlackBerry UK's LevelUp series.

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1. Justin Bieber

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YouTube Channel: kidrauhl

First upload: January 19, 2007

Mainstream success: A #1 album and three top 10 singles

Most popular video: A cover of Chris Brown's "With You" that has nearly 45 million views

2. Conor Maynard

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YouTube channel: skillzaisherebooya

First upload: December 1, 2008

Mainstream success: A #1, BPA-certified silver album and MTV's Brand New for 2012 award

Most popular video: His cover of Chris Brown's "Next To You" with 12.5 million views

3. Greyson Chance

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YouTube channel: greyson97

First upload: April 28, 2010

Mainstream success: Two studio albums on Ellen DeGeneres' record label and an appearance on the TV show Raising Hope

Most popular video: A cover of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" for his sixth-grade talent fair with 51 million views

4. Karmin

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YouTube channel: karmincovers

First upload: August 25, 2010

Mainstream success: A record deal and #1 single, "Brokenhearted"

Most popular video: A cover of Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now" with over 85 million views

5. Soulja Boy

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YouTube channel: SouljaBoy

First upload: March 15, 2006

Mainstream success: A #2 single and a Grammy nomination

Most popular video: The music video for "Marco Polo," his song with Bow Wow, with 20 million views

6. Arnel Pineda

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YouTube channel: zoobandrocks

First upload: July 11, 2007

Mainstream success: He's the lead singer of Journey

Most popular video: A cover of Journey's "Open Arms" with 652,000 views

7. Cody Simpson

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YouTube channel: CodySimpsonMusic

First upload: November 1, 2008

Mainstream success: Two studio albums, multiple appearances on Disney Channel shows

Most popular video: The music video for his single "All Day"

8. Darren Criss

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YouTube channel: StarKidPotter, which he founded with his theatre troop from the University of Michigan

First upload: June 19, 2009

Mainstream success: A recurring role on Glee

Most popular video: Act 1, Scene 1 from A Very Potter Musical

9. Charice

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YouTube channel: Charice

First upload: March 19, 2009

Mainstream success: A guest spot on Glee, judge on the Philippine version of The X Factor

Most popular video: The music video for her single "Pyramid" which has just under 40 million views

10. Bo Burnham

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YouTube channel: BoBurnham

First upload: December 21, 2006

Mainstream success: A Comedy Central special and a show on MTV (RIP Zach Stone, gone too soon)

Most popular video: His original rap "i'm bo yo" with 20 million views

11. Lucas Cruikshank

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YouTube channel: fred

First upload: October 30, 2006 (posted on Lucas' original, deleted account; Reposted to "fred" in 2008)

Mainstream success: Three Fred movies and a Fred TV show

Most popular video: A collaboration with The Annoying Orange that has 59 million views

12. Michelle Phan

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YouTube channel: MichellePhan (formerly RiceBunny)

First uploaded: May 20, 2007

Mainstream success: A makeup line and spokeswoman deal with Lancôme

Most popular video: A tutorial for Barbie makeup with 47 million views

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