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.
2014: Shatter Me
At the beginning of 2014, Stirling’s self-titled album hit gold on Poland, received its first platinum certification in Germany and later on in Austria. Stirling received her first RIAA golden certification on February 4 for her hit single “Crystallize”. On February 26 Stirling released for the first time her debut album in France which entered in number 17 selling 4,900 copies in its first week of sales.
On March 5, 2014, Stirling began her second world tour at the El Plaza Condesa in Mexico City.
In 2014, Stirling was nominated for the Echo music award in two categories: “Crossover National/International” and “Newcomer International”, receiving the “Crossover National/International” award on 28 March.
On March 12, 2014, Stirling posted a video announcing her second studio album, Shatter Me, would be released in May. She also created a PledgeMusic account where consumers could buy her new album, signed or not, and also exclusive items, such as signed posters, personalized video and even Skype calls with Stirling herself. At the end of the first day, the signed Shatter Me CD was already sold out. On March 25, 2014, Stirling officially released her first single from Shatter Me, entitled ” Beyond the Veil”, along with its accompanying music video.
On April 3, Stirling posted that she collaborated with Owl City for his fifth album. The song, “Beautiful Times”, was released on April 8, 2014.
On April 23, Stirling released the second single of her upcoming album: “Shatter Me”. The song, the album’s title track, accumulated 1.3 million views its first day online. The album was released in the United States on April 29 and in Europe on May 2. In the U.S., the album sold 56,000 copies in its first week and reached #2 on Billboard 200, becoming Stirling’s biggest sales week ever. On May 18, Stirling performed her first single “Beyond the Veil” at the Billboard Music Awards.
MUSIC VIDEO SUBLIMINALS
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Beyond the Veil (2014)