On February 15, Maria Aragon posted a video of herself singing Lady Gaga’s latest single “Born This Way”  on YouTube and has literally become an overnight sensation.

Maria Aragon

Lady Gaga has been so wowed by the 10-year-old’s cover of her song that she posted a link to Aragon’s video on her Twitter page, saying: “Can’t stop crying watching this. This is why I make music. She is the future.”

Lady GaGa Born This Way

Lady Gaga has over 8 million twitter followers and a simple tweet from her is so powerful that Aragon’s video has become viral, notching up over 4 million views though it was only posted a few days ago.  By Friday, her video was in the most popular, top viewed and most viewed categories.

Aragon, a Filipino living in Winnipeg, Canada, is now on a first-name basis with the pop superstar — and has been invited by her idol to sing a duet on stage. She was surprised with a phone call from Lady Gaga on Friday afternoon.

“Hello, my gorgeous Maria,” said Lady Gaga.

The phone call was orchestrated by Toronto’s 99.9 Virgin Radio station.

“It’s actually really just amazing,” Aragon told reporters at local FM station Hot 103 after the phone call. “I even cried over the conversation because I didn’t expect for Lady Gaga to talk to me … It was really overwhelming and crazy.”

The Grade 5 student at Isaac Brock School received even more praise from the superstar on the telephone.

“When I saw you, so young and so beautiful singing those words so purely, it reminded me why I wrote this song in the first place and it reminded me why I make music,” Lady Gaga said.

When Gaga heard Aragon was coming to her concert in Toronto next month, she said they should perform a duet.

“Maybe you’re just gonna have to come on stage with me and sing that song. What do you think?” Lady Gaga said.

“That would be really cool,” Aragon said.

The youngster expressed an interest in singing, and has also covered songs by Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys and Michael Jackson.

She told the Winnipeg Free Press that she liked Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” because of the message it sent about self-confidence and appreciating an individual’s uniqueness.

Citing Lady Gaga as an example, she said: “She doesn’t bother about hearing what everybody else thinks. She just does what she does and she’s successful with it.”

Ellen Degeneres have also her interest in Aragon by tweeting “Thank Gaga I saw this.”

Maria Aragon….remember her name.  She could be the next Justin Bieber!

Maria Aragon began getting the rock star treatment on Thursday when she was taken by limousine to a downtown Winnipeg radio station.


Teen singer Greyson Chance finally met his idol Lady Gaga backstage at Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball concert at Oklahoma City on July 20 2010. It was a dream come true for the 12-year old internet sensation whose YouTube video of him performing Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi has been viewed more than 27 million times!

Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour

In his tweet with a photo of himself and Lady Gaga backstage, he gushed: “I met @LadyGaga! She was so kind, gave me some great advice and put on an amazing show!!”

Greyson Chance meets his idol Lady Gaga

On one of his appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres show, Greyson received a surprise phone call from Lady Gaga who gave him the following advice: “Work really hard, and stay away from girls and be focused.”

Just weeks after Greyson’s debut, Ellen announced that she had started a record label, with Greyson as her first signing. “Greyson inspired me to start a record label called eleveneleven,” said the famous talk show host, “He is my first artist and we are making a record together.”

Greyson’s music teacher from Cheyenne Middle School in Edmond, Oklahoma, told Pop Eater earlier this year, “I have never seen anyone with his level or type of talent. We really hope he comes back to school for the rest of the year, but after this video, who knows what his future holds.”


A young Filipino singing sensation has captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. She has been dubbed the most talented girl in the world by none other than Oprah Winfrey. Her self-titled international debut album, released in May 2010, peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, making her the first Asian in history to achieve such a feat. Her real name is Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco but she is known as Charice Pempengco to the world.

Charice Pempengco

From a very young age, she began competing in amateur singing contests. In 2005, she joined Little Big Star, a Philippines talent show loosely patterned after the American Idol. She was eliminated after her first performance but was later called back as a wildcard contender and finished in third place based on text voting.

She continued making minor appearances on local television shows and TV commercials but had essentially fallen out of the limelight. Her break come in 2007 when an avid fan posted a series of her videos on YouTube under the username FalseVoice. These videos garnered millions of views, making Charice an internet phenomenon. She caught the attention of Ten Songs Production, a recording company based in Sweden. In June 2007, she flew to Stockholm and recorded seven songs, including Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”, Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” and Shakespeare Sisters’ “Stay” as well as original songs “Amazing”,  “All The Money In The World”,  “Born To Love You Forever” and “It Can Only Get Better”.

A few months later, Charice’s rendition of Dreamgirls’ “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” was posted on YouTube by FalseVoice. It impressed someone at one of South Korea’s biggest television network and Charice was invited in October 2007 to perform on the network’s  talent show “Star King”.  Her jaw-dropping rendition of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” floored the audience. Many viewers posted her performance on YouTube, paving the way for Charice to gain massive exposure on American television. Her Star King performance was featured on E!’s The Daily Ten TV network. The Ellen DeGeneres show featured her Star King performance on its November 28, 2007 episode. Sit back and enjoy her performance on December 19, 2007 on the Ellen DeGeneres show as she  sings “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and “I Will Always Love You”.

Since then, she has made numerous television appearances worldwide including a couple of appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show. Josh Groban gushed that Charice’s voice is one of the most beautiful voices he has heard in a long time. Her vocal quality has been compared with those of Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. She performed a duet with Celine Dion on September 15 2008. They sang “Because You Loved Me” which was dedicated to Charice’s mother. The performance won rave reviews in The New York Post and The New York Times. And the duet was featured on the September 19 2008 episode of the Oprah Winfrey show.

On June 21, 2010, she landed a role in the hit US television show Glee as a recurring character on its second season. She will reportedly play the role of a foreign exchange student with astounding vocals. The sky is really the limit for this dimunitive girl from Philippines!

The US hit television show "Glee"

Her performance of “Pyramid” featuring Iyaz has received over 12 millions views …it is a lovely song……enjoy!

To cap it all, see her performing the US national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of 57,099 people at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for the Dodgers’ 2009 Opening Day pregame ceremony.

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The spirit of the King of Pop appears to live on in a 4-year-old Chinese boy, who is fast becoming an international dance sensation.

Wang Yiming Aka Siao Pao.....China's Michael Jackson

Wang Yiming, aka Xiao Bao or “little treasure,” has already been making waves across the world with his dance moves, appearing on U.S. television show “Ellen” and performing at the World Expo 2010.

A favorite of Chinese media, Xiao Bao draws curious crowds whenever he breaks into a dance routine, which his mother Bian Aiqing says happens almost every time he hears music.

“When he was young, we just started playing music to him and he started moving around like this. But we didn’t think that he had such a strong feeling for music,” Bian said.

“When he was just a couple of months old we would let him listen to music and he would immediately stop crying and calm down,” she told Reuters Television.

Xiao Bao was born prematurely and very frail. “The doctor told me they couldn’t guarantee anything,” his mother Aiqing says. “It would be a miracle if Xiao Bao survived.”

The doctors told his parents that the best way to help his frail body recover physically and catch up with his peers would be to move his limbs to music. His parents were surprised by how quickly and passionately he took to the rhythm.

Dancing since he was two years old, he has now mastered the moonwalk and other signature Jackson moves, performing them to hits such as “Beat It,” “Billie Jean” and “Dangerous.”

Before long, his passion turned into an obsession – his parents spend up to 20,000 yuan ($3,000) a month on dance trainers, choreographers, and tailored suits, shirts, and hats.

Xiao Bao is serious about his dancing career and says he would not mind becoming famous one day. But his parents say that no matter how talented their son is, his schooling will be their priority.

While checking out the sights on Hollywood Boulevard, he saw someone dancing on the street and just had to join in — and impressed the crowds!

On a recent CNN interview, when asked who was his favorite singer, Yiming said in his limited English, “My-co Jay-ke-sun!”. Then he collapsed into a fit of giggles. He is just like any other four-year old, incredibly cute, giggly and overwhelmingly energetic.

Wang Yiming (aka Siao Pao) with his parents


A 12-year old boy’s sixth grade festival performance has become so blistering viral that it has achieved almost 10 million YouTube views in just a fortnight.  Meet Greyson Michael Chance.

Greyson performed Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” for his school’s sixth grade festival and posted his performance on YouTube. The blogosphere went wild and Greyson became an instant sensation.

Greyson’s family got a call from Ellen DeGeneres who flew them out to Los Angeles for a spot on her show. DeGeneres set up the surprise by asking Greyson why he admires Gaga. “She’s probably my No. 1 inspiration because I love how she’s so different,” Greyson said. “She takes her individuality, and she takes the amazing talent that she has and she makes just great songs that are catchy and they make you want to dance and maybe throw out some Ellen moves.”

“Well, we have somebody on the line right now,” Ellen said. “Hi, Greyson!” Gaga exclaimed, as Greyson took in the surprise. “Hi, Miss Gaga!” he replied. Gaga offered a few words of advice for the 12-year-old: “Everyone loves you so much, so keep following your dreams and work really hard, and stay away from girls, and be focused.”

“Don’t be nervous today,” she added. “You already won over everybody’s hearts

Greyson Chance with Ellen on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

Pop Sensation Lady Gaga

On his YouTube profile, Greyson posts that “Lady Gaga is a freak but she has so much talent and her style of music is what I would like mine to be when I grow older.” He has also posted his performances of “Stars” and “Broken Hearts” on YouTube. “Broken Hearts” is one of his original songs. The young prodigy plays the piano like a young maestro and is inspired by the band Augustana.

Greyson can be found on YouTube under the profile name “greyson97”. He joined YouTube in April 2010 and was ranked as #1 for the most subscribed-to member for the month on YouTube.

What makes Greyson Chance stand out from the crowd is his emotion as he performs. He appears to “feel” the music. He performs songs that would typically be more appropriate for someone much older. This is definitely a soon-to-be megastar. Remember his name again….Greyson Michael Chance. You will be hearing a lot about him in the coming months!