Troye Sivan: Challenging Justin Bieber?

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Justin Beiber had better watch out, Troye Sivan Mellet is on the rise. Better known as just Troye Sivan, the 19-year-old Australian YouTube sensation is slated to become the next new global superstar, challenging pop’s own bad boy Bieber’s status as teen heartthrob. The young singer and actor has more than three million followers on his popular YouTube channel and his many video clips have racked up 91.4 million views and counting. Sivan, it appears, may be on his way to becoming the next big act on the pop music horizon.

Earlier this summer, the teen sensation announced that he had signed a music deal with EMI Australia and would be releasing an extended play (EP) recording titled TRXYE, which will drop on Aug. 15. The first single from the five-track set titled Happy Little Pill was streamed on Tumble in the early part of this week. Within hours of being posted to Tumblr, the song was embraced by his many fans, who adapted it to their own cover versions and videos.

Talking about the song that is marked by melancholy lyrics and a down tempo electronic beat, Sivan said that its world-weary sound stems from the emotional turmoil he was undergoing at the time he wrote and sang the song. He told his fans on Tumblr that he wrote the song at a time when someone close to him was going through “a bit of a rough time…and it still means as much to me as the day I (sic) wrote it, and I’m (sic) still as in love with it as the day I (sic) wrote it.”

The song struck a chord and now the EP is at the top position on iTunes and it has soared to the top of iTunes charts all over the world. Sivan shared his success through a tweet and told his followers that TRXYE had hit number one in 17 countries, while Happy Little Pill was at number one in 13 countries. With such outstanding numbers, Sivan has become an overnight sensation across the globe.

The photogenic Sivan, who is drawing comparisons to Bieber and who is being seen as a possible challenger to the beleaguered star, is not new to the world of performance. The South African-born Australian actor, YouTuber and singer-songwriter has appeared as the young James Howlett in the 2009 X-Men film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and most recently was the star in the Spud films trilogy.

His primary platform is his YouTube channel that he set up in 2007 to expose his singing talent. However, his sensitive video blogs have garnered him extreme popularity. His first major hit came in 2013 when the YouTube sensation wrote, produced and released The Fault in Our Stars. Inspired by John Green’s novel, the self-written ode with his signature brand of sensitive politically charged expression won Sivan a legion of loyal fans. The song has since received more than 3.5 million views since being put up in May of last year.

Fortunately for Sivan, his evocative and thoughtful songs with beautiful melodies, all self-written, performed and produced, are making him a role model for teens worldwide. As the openly gay teen sensation from Australia continues his meteoric rise to fame and success, Sivan looks all set to challenge and ultimately dethrone Bieber, the reigning pop megastar.

By Monalisa Gangopadhyay

Showbiz 411

6 Responses to "Troye Sivan: Challenging Justin Bieber?"

  1. SivanSlaysAll   September 24, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Troye will definately reach the fame that JB has, but will not crash and burn as JB has started to. Knowing Troye, it’s safe to say that he will stay well grounded and will not take drugs, get sent to jail etc. Of course I can not be 100% sure, but I think that Troye takes the fame better than JB and will not feel the urge to do anything like that

  2. Hail   August 15, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    JB is nothing compared to him.

  3. Christina Mellet   August 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I’ve been supporting troye for near to a year, he’s genuinely such a great person and he deserves all of the success coming his way!! (although I do agree he won’t be the next Justin)

  4. thebieberhood   July 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    He will never even come close to Justin’s success but whatever.

    • SIVANs   September 24, 2014 at 12:25 am

      Are you sure? Troye was found on youtube, as was Bieber. He was found by (I think) or at least signed a record with EMI Australia, releasing an EP that now has reached #1 in around 20-30 countries, Happy Little Pill reaching #1 in 32. His song, The Fault In Our Stars was on a Home and Away advertisement (Australian TV show) and was even tried to put into the movie of the same name! He is the main character of a movie franchise called Spud, based off the book of the same name and was young wolverine. He has worked alongside John Cleese, Hugh Jackman and Sir Ian McKellan (idk how to spell it ok). He also released another EP a couple of years ago (The June Haverly EP). While he was working on TRXYE, he managed to write over 40 songs and recently wrote even more. He is only 19 and this is just the beginning! I know that Bieber is also very young, only 20, but you really don’t think Troye can match Justin Bieber’s fame?

  5. David R   July 27, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    He is truly a sensation but get it right – the songs are not “self-written, performed and produced”. He’s co-written all the songs on his EP and they’re produced by others. Happy Little Pill, for example, was co-written with a writer/producer team called The Swaggernautz out of Los Angeles (via Singapore).

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