Sunday, March 20, 2011

Chris Brown signs YouTube sensation Joelle James

Chris Brown is the latest superstar artist to announce he's signed a YouTube sensation.

The singer tweeted a YouTube video of California singer Joelle James declaring her "the newest member of CBE!!!!"

James has grabbed the attention of hundreds of thousands of YouTube viewers with her soulful covers of popular songs like "Unthinkable" by Alicia Keys (which Brown tweeted), "All I Want Is You" by Miguel and "Rude Boy" by Rihanna.

It's not clear how Brown found out about James, but it's very possible he, like many others, admired her stellar vocal performances on YouTube. And on early Sunday morning, Brown unveiled James as a signee of CBE (Chris Brown Entertainment).

This isn't the first time YouTube helped a relative unknown attract the attention of a music megastar. It was Justin Bieber's YouTube videos that scored him a deal with Usher.

James' cover of "Unthinkable" has already been viewed over 150,000 times. Her most popular video, which covers "Rude Boy" and Usher's "O.M.G.," has snagged more than half a million views.

James, according to her Facebook page, has a few accomplishments under her belt. She's sang for Ray Charles when she was 10 and performed on Star Search. She's also made the rounds singing the National Anthem before various professional sporting events.

If that's not enough, she was also a Top 40 finalist on Season 6 of American Idol, however, she'd rather not talk about that.

Shortly after the Twitter announcement, James went to work promoting Brown's upcoming album.

"@chrisbrown tears of joy. thank you for all the sweet tweets guys. so honored to be in the CBE fam. NOW go BUY #FAME. 3/22 #lookatmenow," she tweeted to her 1,427 followers.

James is currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston.

She'll certainly be the most popular girl in school on Monday.

Definitely a good call by C-Breezy on this one. For once, he's making news for the right reasons.

His new album F.A.M.E. hits stores on Tuesday. Coincidence? I think not.


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