Meet The Musical.ly Star Who Could Become The Next Justin Bieber (HBO)

14-year-old Jacob Sartorious already has the fanbase of a pop star. Now he’s trying to become one.

Sartorious first achieved viral fame at 11 years old by posting an anti-bullying Vine that blew up overnight. Since then, he has garnered millions of followers across Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Snapchat. But lip sync app Musical.ly, used by 130 million people including roughly half of the U.S. teen and preteen population, is what jumpstarted his burgeoning music career.

“I just try to be myself as much as I can, and be as goofy as I normally am off camera” Sartorious told VICE News correspondent Elle Reeve about his posts on the app. “Sometimes I like to pretend like I’m a model, and sometimes I incorporate that with my Musical.lys.”

Sartorious is popular among young girls for talking to his fans as if there were no screen between them. In his first song, Sweatshirt, he sings “If you are not ready for my kiss, then you can wear my sweatshirt.”

Sartorious doesn’t make money from Musical.ly, and his YouTube accounts have generated more than $150,000 in the past 5 months. But he makes most of his money from touring, music sales and merchandise. He has released just 3 songs.

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These Competitors Want ‘Gloving’ To Be The Next Big Sport: VICE News Tonight on HBO

This segment originally aired Nov. 18, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

Gloving is a rave-style hand dance that involves putting multi-colored LEDs in the fingertips of white gloves to create trippy light trails.

“What I normally explain it to people as is: a form of dance that’s more based around your hands, fingers and arms,” glover Jacob “Vex” Zakarian told VICE News correspondent Bijan Stephen in Huntington Beach, California. “Gloving now has moved towards a more dance-y aspect, but it really all came from being able to create trails with the lights by having concise movements that look like they didn’t stop.”

He can make a few hundred dollars a month competing in gloving events, Zakarian said.

EmazingLights Founder Brian Lim established the International Gloving Championship in 2011 to bring legitimacy to gloving.
“When we showcase judges, sponsors, and you see the true passion behind it, you can really tell that it’s not just a few kids on drugs,” he said.

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