Move over "Beliebers"and make room for a new breed of fans, the "Mayniacs."
Conor Maynard is the fresh-faced singer who is about to make the crossover from hot young chap in the UK to bonafied teenage-girls-screaming superstar in America. The 19-year-old has amassed 65 million combined YouTube views (including 9.2 million for “Can’t Say No”) and has the seventh most subscribed music channel in the UK. He has also racked up 415,000 Facebook “likes” and more than 304,000 Twitter.
Thanks to some serious talent he's enticed a host of musical heavy-hitters including Jermaine Dupri (Usher, Mariah Carey), Midi Mafia (50 Cent, Frank Ocean), Kevin Rudolf (Jay Sean, Lil’ Wayne), Sandy Vee (Rihanna, Pitbull), Crada (Drake, Kid Cudi), songwriter Diane Warren, British production trio The Invisible Men (Jessie J, DJ Fresh), and Williams, who had, like Ne-Yo, been following the young singer for a few years. “When Pharrell first called, he was trying to sign me,” Conor says. “He’d been watching my progress on YouTube and said that he really believed in me.” Conor was already signed to EMI by the time Williams called, but he invited the teen to Miami to work with him for a week, predicting: “He is going to change the future of pop music.”
Check out VIBE's exclusive video interview with Conor "The Future" Maynard...