10 Pop Stars Before They Were Famous

You’re an up and coming singer, so you upload your performances onto YouTube. You enter talent competitions. You do some acting work. And then you blow up, and the evidence is still there on the internet for all to see.


10Justin Bieber


Who is this young chap? He’s charismatic, self-aware and up for playing air saxophone. Well, make the jeans a little tighter and add a purple accessory and you’ve got yourself a Bieber.


There are turnarounds and there are turnarounds. This one, starring a 13 year old Ke$ha, shows what happened before the Autotune. Running through a pretty adept cover of Radiohead’s ‘Karma Police’ the ‘Tik Tok’ singer sways on stage at a school talent show. No word on what happened to her backing band.


Beyonce was always going to be a star. And before Destiny’s Child hit it big, there was Girls Tyme aka Destiny’s Child Mark 1. Featuring LaTavia and Kelly, Girls Tyme made it to the finals of a talent show, before losing out. Not for long though.


Proving that he was always a sensitive soul, Drake got his first break in Degrassi: The Next Generation. He played Jimmy Brooks- a basketball player who is physically disabled after being shot by a classmate. Bummer.

6Britney and Christina

The Mickey Mouse club was a breeding ground for young teen talent- as shown by alumni Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera. Justin Timberlake, and Ryan Gosling. In this sketch, Gosling, Spears and Aguilera show their comedic ‘skills’ during a lift to school.


5Katy Perry

Before there was Russell, there was Travie. The lead singer of Gym Class Heroes dated Katy Perry for long enough that he could call in a favour for his video. Spot Perry being adorable on rollerskates and coming along to the show.

4Mark Ronson

In 2003, instead of horns and Motown breaks, Ronson had Nate Dogg and Ghostface Killah.

3Trent Reznor

Here is Trent Reznor’s old synthpop group from the 80’s being interviewed. Just look at his hair. Just look at his hair. JUST LOOK AT HIS HAIR.

2Best Coast

As a former child actress, there are plenty of clips of Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast being young and adorable. This is our favourite though- keep an eye out for the little girl in the blue dress.

1Zooey Deschanel

Pre Ben-Gibbard and good vintage dresses, Zooey Deschanel appeared in the video for the Offspring’s ‘She’s Got Issues’. If you’re not too distracted by the 1998 fashion (stonewashed jeans with pouch?) or the bad animation, you can try and follow the plot.