How TikTok is introducing a new generation to George Michael, Queen and other icons
17 November 2020, 17:05
People across the globe are discovering some of the '80s biggest musicians through the social media platform of the moment – TikTok.
As an app which is largely driven by music, dance and lip-synching, it should be no surprise that a number-one hit from the 1980s would finally become a popular backing track to videos being created.
Some of the videos have been interacted with by over a million people – introducing the late singer's 1984 hit to a whole new audience.
It didn't take too long for some curious listeners to look into who sang the catchy track.
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And clearly, she wasn't the only one thinking it.
Almost 17,000 people have liked the video, with one commenter replying: "Finally I'm on George Michael tiktok."
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It now seems that "George Michael TikTok" is officially a thing.
For context, the way the app's algorithm works is by serving users posts similar to what they already engage with, so essentially, the more you watch and interact with particular interests, the more you should see those things.
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Another video celebrating the singer, posted by user @lotgadel just two days ago (November 15), has already had just under 2 million likes.
"I'm obsessed," the caption simply states, as a video of George singing 'Careless Whisper' plays on repeat.
"George Michael is top tier," one commenter agreed.
Another wrote: "No I'm literally a Wham! stan at this point." (A "stan" being an overzealous maniacal fan, Urban Dictionary defines.)
In less than a month, it seems the 'Freedom' singer's presence on the social media app has exploded.
There's even an official verified account for George, which was created last month to celebrate his "career, humour, heart and individualism".
But George Michael isn't the only music legend carving out a space on the viral video platform.
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Users are invited to "duet" the clip and sing along after Freddie, replacing the sound of the crowd.
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User @nicki_saurus decided to take her duet one step further.
Donning a fake moustache and a white vest top tucked into jeans, she looks the image of Mercury as the two clips play out side-by-side.
"I can't describe how hyped I am: Queen is here!!!" the on-screen text reads.
TikTok, which was formerly Musical.ly, has only been around for a relatively short amount of time compared to other popular social media platforms.
But in just two years it has already had two billion downloads, with around 800 million active users as of July this year, according to the BBC.
It's a platform that's heavily influenced by trends and popular music, which often lead to viral videos.