So, Kreayshawn’s debut album Somethin’ ‘Bout Kreay was supposed to come out this week. But, what do you know, just last week it was pushed back to September 18th. This is no surprise, given that in the year since “Gucci Gucci” was released, she’s already experienced the entire cycle of rapid rise to fame/backlash/naked photos/post-fame slump into “whatever happened to Kreayshawn, anyway?” status, and the record almost feels like an afterthought. The whole thing is a salutary example of how hyper-accelerated and transitory Internet fame can be. Still, it doesn’t have to be that way — there have been some enduringly worthy musicians who got Famous On The Internet and/or have been responsible for bona fide internet sensations over the years. Here are ten of our favorite such artists — as ever, let us know if we’ve missed any.
The poster children for “MySpace success,” something that apparently annoyed the band in their early days, especially since the page that attracted all the media attention wasn’t actually created by them in the first place. Still, for all that they could protest that “we were on the news and radio about how MySpace has helped us… that’s just the perfect example of someone who doesn’t know what the fuck they’re talking about, because we actually had no idea what [MySpace] was,” it doesn’t change the fact that their fans’ Internet-based efforts were pretty crucial to their early success.