In their June 15th issue, The Hollywood Reporter featured a 16-year-old YouTuber named Austin Mahone who was posting videos of himself covering songs by Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson and, yes, Justin Bieber. With videos having already garnered over 83 million views and his subscriber number almost reaching 450,000, it is quite understandable why Chase Records has eventually taken interest in signing the teen phenom up under their label through Universal Republic, the home of talented musicians like Owl City, Florence + The Machine, and the late Amy Winehouse.
With more than one million Twitter followers, it didn’t take long for the news to spread the moment Mahone tweeted about the milestone, which was then retweeted more than 7,000 times. The tweet included a photo of him together with his mom and the members of the record label.
This young fellow has already been dubbed by some as “Baby Bieber”, the guy who’s also predicted to give ol’ Justin a run for his money. It’s been reported that his deal came to a tune of around $3 to $4 million.