As a fan of covers, you may have come across Sungha Jung before, either here on Cover Me or in an email circulated by your mom with the subject “HOW CUTE!!!!!” The 14-year old Korean fingerstyle guitar prodigy has posted hundreds of videos on YouTube over the past few years featuring his solo guitar arrangements of popular songs. Now he tours, has an album, and is surely poised for Justin Bieber-like success. Okay, that may be pushing it a bit.
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What makes something a YouTube hit? How does a video like “Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10” become an Internet sensation? There’s a whole list of reasons. Somewhere on that list – between freak chance and Diddy tweeting it – lies the rarest of YouTube commodities: talent.
Occasionally a video does break big for the right reasons though. Sungha Jung is a case in point. This fourteen-year old South Korean boy has amassed millions of views for his fantastic slap-guitar instrumental covers. His latest, a funky version of Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” is on its way to 200,000 views after only a week. Move over, Greyson; this kid is scary-good.