17 Famous Musicians You Didn’t Know Discovered Other Artists


We have got none aside from Akon to thank for Woman Gaga!


Beyoncé found R&B duo Chloe x Halle.

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Sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey have been found by Beyoncé’s staff after their YouTube cowl of Beyoncé’s tune “Fairly Hurts.” Bey signed them to her administration staff, and their success shortly skyrocketed.


Janelle Monáe was found by Huge Boi of OutKast.

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Janelle met Huge Boi at an open mic evening — he invited her to collaborate on his collaborative album Received Purp? Vol. II. Her work on the album caught the eye of Sean “Puffy” Combs, who was instrumental in Monáe’s rise in recognition.


One Course found 5SOS.

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Niall Horan instructed J-14 that they found the group on YouTube and “knew right away they have been very particular,” selecting 5SOS to go on tour with them.


Drake found The Weeknd.

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In accordance with Advanced, Drake affiliate Oliver El-Khatib was supposedly within the viewers when The Weeknd did an early efficiency on the College of Toronto. Drake later tweeted and made a weblog submit about The Weeknd linking to his web site and tune “Depraved Video games,” which precipitated The Weeknd to explode.


Eminem was found by Dr. Dre.

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An Interscope Data intern noticed Eminem carry out on the Rap Olympics and handed alongside the CD to Jimmy Iovine, who performed it for Dr. Dre. When Dre bought dwelling, he known as Iovine and mentioned, “Have this child out right here on Monday.” Hours after Eminem arrived, they have been working within the studio.


Akon found Woman Gaga.

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Gaga was working as a songwriter at Interscope Data in 2008 when Akon heard one among her reference vocals. He shortly signed Gaga to his personal label, and Gaga launched her album that very same 12 months.


And the Fugees found Akon.

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“The Fugees is how I got here into the enterprise. … After I moved to New Jersey, the Fugees turned my household … that was like my clique, I used to be part of the unique refugee camp,” Akon mentioned of hip-hop group the Fugees, who featured him on their 1995 EP.


Usher helped uncover Justin Bieber.

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Justin was initially found on YouTube by Scooter Braun, however it was Usher who actually introduced Justin to mainstream success. He auditioned for Usher and have become his “teen protégé” — Usher even sang in Justin’s first single, “One Time,” along with showing within the music video.


Lil Jon gave Pitbull an early enhance in his profession.

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Lil Jon met Pitbull in Miami in Pitbull’s “actual early days.” He appreciated one among Pitbull’s songs a lot he invited Pitbull to function on his upcoming album, which helped enhance Pitbull to extra mainstream recognition. The collaboration was partly so Lil Jon may present some love for his Cuban followers, however he additionally mentioned of Pitbull (with whom he developed a detailed friendship), “I all the time believed within the man, and I all the time knew he may make it commercially.”


Ellen DeGeneres found Charlie Puth.

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DeGeneres found the singer on YouTube, then signed him to her label. He’d later transfer to Atlantic Data and turn into identified for the hit “See You Once more.”


M.I.A. and Diplo each declare to have found one another.

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Diplo produced a few of M.I.A.’s early songs, like “Paper Planes,” and the 2 additionally dated within the 2000s. After Diplo described discovering M.I.A. at a celebration, M.I.A. wrote on Instagram, “That is the primary story of a brown feminine musician who smashed it for the primary time…that didn’t occur as a result of I by chance walked handed Diplo,” saying she found Diplo, discovered the place he was performing, and paid her personal means right into a membership to fulfill him.


Panic! on the Disco was found by Fall Out Boy.

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Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy found the band’s on-line demos and signed them to his label earlier than they’d ever even performed a present.


Nicki Minaj was found by Lil Wayne.

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Soiled Cash CEO Fendi found Minaj’s music from her Myspace web page. He launched her to Lil Wayne, who had additionally seen her on the road DVD “On the Come Up” and appreciated what he heard. Lil Wayne made a bunch of mixtapes with Nicki, which constructed up a ton of buzz round her debut album.


Jamie Foxx says he helped launch Ed Sheeran’s profession.

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Sheeran got here to Foxx’s radio present in Los Angeles, and Foxx was such a fan of the music he heard that he allowed Sheeran to crash on his sofa for six weeks. He additionally took Sheeran to a big open mic evening, the place he bought a standing ovation. After all, Sheeran’s profession additionally bought a lift from Taylor Swift, who had him function her opening act throughout her Purple tour.


Jay-Z was one of many individuals who found Rihanna.

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File producer Evan Rogers was vacationing in Barbados when he met 15-year-old Rihanna. She recorded “Pon de Replay,” the demo of which was despatched out to Jay-Z at Def Jam Data. He flew Rihanna out and apparently would not let her depart the constructing till she signed with the label, asking what he’d should do to ensure she canceled all her different conferences with labels.


And he additionally found Rita Ora.

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Jay-Z signed Ora to his label Roc Nation and featured her in his “Younger Without end” music video. Ora referred to him and Beyoncé as “mentors.” Nonetheless, Roc Nation later sued Rita for $2 million for breaching her contract after she tried to depart the label.


And eventually, T.I. found Travis Scott.

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T.I. heard Travis’s early tune “Lights (Love Sick)” and determined to fulfill with him, then freestyled over his tune “Animal.” Scott would later signal with T.I.’s label, Grand Hustle.

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