Thursday, June 23, 2011

YouTube Singer Maria Aragon Featured in HTC Sensation 4G US Commercial

Maria Aragon in HTC commercial
10-year-old YouTube sensation Maria Aragon has proven she's more than a nine day's wonder. Aragon covered Lady Gaga's hit "Born This Way" at her piano earlier this year. Her elder sister uploaded the video of Aragon's performance to YouTube on Feb 16, 2011. The video has quickly become an Internet sensation and driven 28 million views in six weeks. Recently, Aragon features as a star in HTC's latest US commercial for HTC Sensation 4G for T-Mobile, which again brings her a good reputation.

The HTC Sensation 4G smartphone commercial titled "You are the next...", features real life famous people and organizations including Joshua Roman (the street artist), Surfrider Foundation (a non-profit environmental organization that aims to protect and preserve the oceans), Bamboo Bike Studio (developed the bamboo bicycle) and Maria Aragon (Born This Way cover and Internet sensation). Here is the commercial. (Download the video to your computer)

The visual commercial references some social networking languages from Twitter and FourSqure , such as "You are the next Trending Topic" and "You are the next mayor of this bar".

Aragon is at the last part of the video. She is seen being filmed by the HTC Sensation 4G smartphone as she was playing piano solo as the background music and singing lines "When I get older, I will be stronger" from K'naan's Wavin' Flag, which was Coca-Cola's promotional anthem for the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup.

As stated above, Maria Aragon is a 10-year-old normal girl who learns in the Isaac Brock School fifth grader. She became a darling of the people after her cover of Lady Gaga's Born This Way was posted to YouTube. After that, she appears on several US TV shows and sang a duet with Lady Gaga in Gaga's concert in Canada. Here is Aragon's cover of Born This Way, which has driven 36 million views to date.