Southern Rises

Comedic online sensation Taryn Southern seeks to add noteworthy radio airplay to her budding résumé, as “Crush” (Buzz Records), her ode to Internet stalking, builds at mainstream top 40. Southern’s official YouTube channel boasts more than 200,000 subscribers and 18 million video views, and “Crush” has drawn 260,000 views since its May premiere. A former “American Idol” contestant, Southern says she much prefers building her audience online. “YouTube saved the day,” she testifies.

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