Lindsey Stirling (born September 21, 1986) is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her YouTube channel, Lindseystomp, which she introduced in 2007. In 2010, Stirling was a quarter-finalist on America’s Got Talent season five, where she was known as the Hip-hop Violinist.
Since 2010, Stirling has released a self-titled album, an EP, and several singles. She performs a variety of music styles, from classical to pop and hip-hop to electronic dance music. Aside from original work, her discography contains covers of songs by other musicians and various soundtracks. Stirling is also a YouTube sensation: her music video “Crystallize” finished as the eighth-most watched video of 2012, and her cover version of “Radioactive” with Pentatonix won Response of the Year in the first YouTube Music Awards in 2013. Her YouTube channel had, as of April 2014, more than four million subscribers and 600 million total views.
2013: First World Tour
In 2013, Stirling was featured by the LDS Church in its “I’m a Mormon” campaign in which she spoke openly about how her faith helped in her battle with anorexia during high school and college.
On April 22, 2013, it was announced that Lady Gaga’s manager (Troy Carter) inked a deal with Stirling after being impressed of her rise in the media. “By looking at the numbers, automatically you could see this girl knew how to move the needle and understood YouTube was a venue to engage fans both online and offline,” Carter said. Stirling, who had previously refused to work with other management companies explained her new deal with Carter: “But with Atom Factory, they were up to date on current things and trying new stuff all the time, and I felt so creatively alive when I met with them.”
On June 21, 2013, Stirling received her first golden certification for her album, Lindsey Stirling, in Germany and in the next month, she earned golden certifications from Switzerland and Austria. On August 2, 2013, Billboard announced that Stirling’s studio album had sold more than 158,000 copies in the United States and that she was the second best-selling artist on the Classical Crossover charts in 2013, behind Andrea Bocelli.
In June 2013 she performed at Miss Switzerland and in July 2013, she joined Nathan Pacheco, The Orchestra at Temple Square and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City, UT for their annual Pioneer Day concert. Stirling also announced her first ever tour dates in Australia, South Korea and Japan. Stirling’s YouTube channel reached three million subscribers on August 31 and on September 4, after almost a year of touring, she completed her world tour with her last appearance in London. On September 12, Stirling performed at the Dreamball 2013 charity gala at Ritz Carlton in Berlin, Germany. Two weeks later, Stirling announced on her official website that she had started making her second album.
After almost a year of its official release, Stirling’s self-titled studio album was re-released on October 29 of 2013, as an exclusive deluxe version featuring newly recorded versions and remixes of her best-known songs such as “Crystallize”, “Elements”, and “Transcendence”. Target carried four bonus tracks while all other retailers had two additional tracks. Stirling sold 10,000 copies of her extended-version album on the first week of sales, becoming a new record for her and her album as it peaked from No. 79 to No. 23, becoming its highest position in Billboard 200. Days before, she had performed on Conan on October 24, 2013.
On November 3, 2013, Stirling and Pentatonix’s version of “Radioactive” won a YouTube Music Award in the category Response of the Year. Stirling also performed during the live-streamed event. On December 16, Stirling announced the first tour dates on Canada and United States of her new 2014 World Tour; some of the pre-sales were sold out after the first day of selling and the first concert to be sold out was in Portland on the 29th of January.
Stirling appeared on several of Billboard‘s 2013 Year-End Charts, notably number three in “Classical Album Artists”, number two in “Classical Albums” for Lindsey Stirling, and number three in “Dance/Electronic Albums” for the same album.
MUSIC VIDEO SUBLIMINALS
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Thrift Shop (2013)