TikTok: Six of the video-sharing app’s biggest hits | ICT Tac
DDespite the controversy in the United States, TikTok has become one of the best-known social media apps in recent years. With 800 million users, the home of the 15-second clip is now a global hub for lip-syncing, choreographed dancing and even recipe sharing, creating some of the most unlikely stars in the digital galaxy in the making. road. As its co-founder Zhang Yiming steps down, we round up six of TikTok’s biggest hits.
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No one was more surprised than Nathan Evans by the success of his rendition of a 19th century folk song about the whale trade. Wellerman’s Scottish postman performance sparked a wave of impersonations and tributes on TikTok, leading to an unlikely revival of the song of the sea. Evans’ performances earned him more than 1.3 million followers on TikTok, and after Wellerman’s popularity increased, he was signed by Polydor and reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.
Idaho farmer turned TikTok sensation Nathan Apodaca aka Doggface has 6.7 million followers and 93.4 million likes on his TikTok page. Last year, a video of him skateboarding, listening to Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams and drinking Ocean Spray cranberry juice went viral.
This video not only made him a celebrity, it also brought Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 song back up the music charts to No. 1 and the Rumors album to No. 7.
Sarah Cooper’s Trump Show
TikTok is changing the way young people consume politics – and comedy. So when comedian Sarah Cooper started lip-synching former US President Donald Trump, her videos immediately went viral.
This one on how to TikTok was created when the fate of Zhang Yiming’s video-sharing app was in question in the United States. For those who have followed Trump’s topsy-turvy presidency and his relationship with China, this needs no explanation. The video generated 3.1 million views.
Canadian singer The Weeknd’s 2019 single Blinding Lights has become the soundtrack to a wave of TikTok creations. From an expectant father performing while his wife was in labor to builders dancing on a rooftop during lockdown to “independent and waiting for Boris”, the hashtag #blindinglightschallenge has generated more than 500 million views on TikTok.
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TikTok has thrust many unknown young people into the limelight, and Filipino-American Bella Poarch is one of them. She has so far amassed nearly 69 million fans and signed a deal with Warner Records. His video may be one of the most popular on TikTok in the past year.
Being British on TikTok
TikTok isn’t just for Gen Z. American mum Michelle, a military wife living in the UK who goes by the name @jchelle36 on TikTok and the Tea Butcher on Instagram has thrilled and outraged viewers in equal measure with her unusual takes on British cuisine – posting tongue-in-cheek videos of how to prepare everything from fish and chips (using dead fish found on the beach) to making the perfect cup of tea (in the microwave).
Chef Gordon Ramsay was moved to respond, filming himself watching her on TikTok in horror.