Simon Vozick-Levinson
May 21, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Greyson Michael Chance was just like any other sixth grader in Oklahoma until April 28. That was the day the 12-year-old uploaded a video of himself on YouTube performing Lady Gaga‘s ”Paparazzi” at a school recital. The clip would garner Chance 16 million views and countless new fans, including Ellen DeGeneres, who booked him on her show; Gaga, who called in to cheer him on; and elite manager Guy Oseary, who added Chance to his roster right alongside Madonna. It’s reportedly even gotten him a deal at Gaga’s own record label, Interscope. Watch out, Justin Bieber!

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