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Amazing: 15-year-old Chinese girl crowns internet fame for her song inspired from 'The Devil Wears Prada'
Published: Apr 29, 2021 10:33 PM
Photo: Screenshot of Zhang Yuxuan's YouTube video

Photo: Screenshot of Zhang Yuxuan's YouTube video


"She got a beautiful eye, walk in a line, smile with her type; She knows all about life, never ask why, driving everyone crazy, crazy…" Everyone is surprised that this original song, She, which has so far topped more than 10 million views on China's popular video platform Bilibili was produced by a 15-year-old girl in only 30 minutes.

Zhang Yuxuan, better known as Vicky Xuanxuan on social media, is under the spotlight on Chinese social media for her music and was praised by Chinese netizens as the "young Chinese Taylor Swift."

"I have never thought the song She would be so popular," Zhang, a middle school student at the Shenzhen Arts School, majoring in violin, told the Global Times. 

"A melody suddenly popped out of my head when I was having a math class. I quickly wrote a few lyrics and melody on my notebook, and after class, I rushed home and took less than half an hour to finish the lyrics and melody," Zhang mentioned adding that she drew inspiration from the movie The Devil Wears Prada.

With its crisp voice and humorous expression, the video of the song She topped Bilibili's recommended list. She has become one of the most popular music bloggers on the platform and also opened her account on YouTube and has attracted 42,600 followers.

Zhang told the Global Times she fell in love with English songs when she was a primary student. She registered on Bilibili when she was 13 years old and in 2019, she posted her first original song December Composer which has been viewed millions of times. "So far, I have produced 26 songs and there are dozens of songs that have not been released," she said.

She also invited Allie Sherlock, a famous Irish teen singer and YouTube celebrity, with 4.47 million fans, to sing Dance Monkey together, which also helped her earn a lot of fans. 

After being so popular, Zhang told the Global Times she felt a bit of stressed and she cares more about the quality of her work. "I will check my comments sometimes, mainly the funny ones," Zhang mentioned. She also imitated US singer Madilyn Bailey and wrote a song in a reaction to the people who use verbal aggression on her. 

Zhang has received many invitations to music and variety shows but she has refused them due to her young age. She said she still needs to make study her priority and only spends her time off to produce music. 

"I like to try all kinds of styles. I tend to put a little emphasis on country and folk styles. I have always wanted to try Chinese songs. My idols are Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and many other good singers," Zhang told the Global Times.

She said her dream is to go to one of the world's top music schools like the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

"I still have a lot to learn including my main subjects like, English skills and composition. I hope I can become a songwriter and work with the musicians I like," she said.


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