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Who is Addison Rae? The Hype House star dominating TikTok

Published: 27/Feb/2020 19:44 Updated: 25/Mar/2020 18:14

by Calum Patterson


If you’ve been paying any attention to the rise of TikTok at the start of 2020, you may have heard of or seen Addison Rae. She’s one of the leading stars on the platform, and her growth to start the decade has been nothing short of remarkable.

There’s a new generation of internet stars taking over to kick off 2020, and many of them are on TikTok. Formerly known Musical.ly, this once niche app has grown into one of the leading social media platforms.

People like Addison Easterling, better known as Addison Rae are a big reason for TikTok’s success, as they have turned the app into the video version of Instagram.

Addison was an overnight star after posting her first TikTok in the Summer of 2019.

Who is Addison Rae?

An LA native, 19-year-old Addison from Lafayette has a story remarkably similar to her friend Charli D’Amelio. She too downloaded the TikTok app in July of 2019, and was an overnight sensation, immediately going viral on the app.

Speaking to Hollywire, Rae explained, “I actually downloaded the app in July, made a post, just with a friend, and literally out of nowhere, it got like 93,000 likes – I was like ‘woah, I like this!”

She then got her mom involved in the TikTok’s too, which she said “blew up” even more, and the rest is history. As of February 25, 2020, Addison Rae has 19.2 million followers, and is growing rapidly.

Addison Rae TikTok profile
Addison has collaborated with stars like David Dobrik, helping her follower count boom.

Addison Rae’s rise to TikTok stardom

As TikTok continued to grow, Addison, along with friends Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, and a host of others, were at the forefront, pushing it as the next big social media craze.

Like Charli, Addison’s recipe for success is three-fold. First, going viral, this is crucial, and there are a few tricks to learn. Next, consistency – uploading at least once a day, or even better multiple times a day, is the best way to ride the TikTok algorithm. And lastly, luck. Even the most consistent TikTokkers need a helping of luck to reach the top.

To go viral, Addison quickly realized that any TikTok’s featuring her Mom did especially well, and so continued to push them. Then, Mariah Carey herself saw one of Rae’s TikTok’s and liked it, so you could call this the luck part. Since going viral, Addison said her life has changed dramatically.

“Actually so crazy that my first viral video was made 6 months ago”, she said. “Never give up, always chase your dreams and continue doing the things you love.”

Founding the Hype House

Collaborating with other rising TikTok stars was also crucial. Addison first met Chase Hudson, another famous member of the Hype House, and credits him with introducing her to rest of the squad.

And who is this squad? Known formally as the ‘Hype House’, this group of creatives live and breathe content together, primarily for TikTok.

Addison, the D’Amelio sisters, Hudson and many more are part of the collective, who all push each other to become even bigger and better as they grow on TikTok and beyond.

As one of the co-founders, Addison has come to represent the face of Hype House in many ways, and while she becomes a star in her own right, she’s also bringing up many of her friends too.

Addison Rae goes beyond TikTok

Now, the 19-year-old is expanding her reach all over social media. On Instagram, she is fast approaching 6 million followers. She’s also taken well to Twitter, with extremely high interaction with her 380,000 followers, which is bound to increase massively soon.

So far, she hasn’t fully committed to YouTube, with only three videos posted sporadically, but with 475,000 subscribers already, there’s lots of room to grow.

Helping her do this will be talent agency WME, who she signed with in January 2020, along with her parents Sheri Easterling and Monty Lopez. Like Charli, who signed with UTA, these agencies will be hoping to push the young TikTok stars to become the biggest names on the internet and beyond in the coming years.

WME aims to help Addison Rae get more into “modeling, fashion, music, dance, TV, film, digital, podcasting, touring, books, licensing and endorsements,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

What’s next for Addison?

Having already appeared at the NBA All-Star dunk contest and featured on live TV, alongside the D’Amelio sisters, 2020 is already off to a flying start for Rae. Now she’s working with brands like Reebok, and undoubtedly has more partnerships lined up.

Her relationships are becoming scrutinized too, as fans try to work out who she’s dating, her friends and rivals, and more. Rumors of dating fellow TikTokker Bryce Hall were brewing, but she confirmed they’re “just friends.”

Her main focus still remains TikTok though, and for good reason. There’s certainly reason to abandon the app which made her famous and that’s she’s helping to make even bigger. Soon, she’ll surpass 20 million followers, and within months could be on 30 or 40 million, at her current pace.

2019 saw the emergence of TikTok stars like Charli and Addison, but 2020 will be the year that they take over.


Week’s biggest drama: AOC streams Among Us, PewDiePie shadowban bug, more

Published: 24/Oct/2020 0:59 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 1:00

by Virginia Glaze


This week has been a wild ride in all respects: From none other than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez playing Among Us with top streamers on Twitch to PewDiePie’s YouTube channel getting temporarily shadowbanned, there’s no shortage of things to talk about when it comes to internet drama, and we’ve got all the details you need to stay updated on the tea.

So… what’s brewing?

AOC plays Among Us with Pokimane, Hasan & more

AOC playing Among Us on Twitch
Twitch / InnerSloth / Instragram: AOC
AOC had a massive start on her first-ever Twitch stream, where she played Among Us with such stars as Pokimane, Hasan Parker and Dr Lupo.

Who’s involved? United States representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — commonly referred to as AOC — took to Twitter on October 19 to announce her very first Twitch stream. As for the game she wanted to play? Viral multiplayer title ‘Among Us,’ for which she got a ton of offers from super-popular streamers to play with her.

What’s the tea? Well, it’s not so much tea as it is a record-breaking broadcast, as AOC’s stream managed to rake in 4.6 million views in the eight hours after it ended. Featuring such names as Pokimane, Hasan Piker and DrLupo, it stands to reason that such a star-studded affair was a huge event for the platform, and viewers flocked to give it a watch as soon as possible.

Although the entire affair boasted a wealth of hilarious moments, her broadcast served as a reminder to ‘Get Out the Vote,’ encouraging US viewers to exercise their rights as citizens in the upcoming presidential election — managing to score 439,000 viewers while she was live.

Read the whole story here.

Bryce Hall fight video of restaurant vape scuffle goes viral

Bryce Hall speaks to the camera wearing an orange hoodie and black baseball cap.
YouTube: Bryce Hall
Bryce Hall was caught in a viral scuffle at a restaurant, which apparently came about after the manager asked Hall to put away his vape.

Who’s involved? Bryce Hall is a TikTok star and YouTuber, who has lately found himself at the center of several controversies, including a scuffle he got into at a Los Angeles restaurant.

What’s the tea? Footage from the altercation went viral across the net, showing Hall and his friends getting physical with restaurant staff. According to initial reports from TMZ, Hall had been asked to put away his vape pen and was later encouraged to leave, which resulted in the ensuing fight.

However, Hall later claimed that the restaurant manager had put hands on him first, after he’d unsuccessfully asked for his credit card back “10 times.” Things escalated when a friend tried to break up the situation, leading to the fight seen in the video.

This fight comes after an earlier scuffle Hall was involved in with a bystander at another Los Angeles-based restaurant a few weeks prior, which luckily ended in hugs all around.

Read the whole story here.

PewDiePie’s YouTube channel shadowbanned by bug

pewdiepie looking shocked
YouTube: PewDiePie
Fans noticed PewDiePie’s channel wasn’t showing up when searched for on YouTube, leading to speculation that he had been shadowbanned.

Who’s involved? PewDiePie is the undisputed “king of YouTube,” boasting the most-subscribed channel of any single independent creator on the platform.

What’s the tea? Despite being a massive presence on the website — on which he recently signed to exclusively stream — his channel failed to show up via YouTube’s search function on October 22, with fans noticing that his latest video only received 45k views hours after going live — a major dip for someone with so many dedicated viewers.

YouTube search results for PewDiePie's channel.
YouTube: PewDiePie
The YouTuber’s channel appeared to not be showing up in searches.

PewDiePie was quick to address the issue in a Community post, writing: “Yo, for some reason my videos aren’t showing up in sub box since yesterday so posting here.”

PewDiePie updates fans on his shadowban situation via a Community post.
YouTube: PewDiePie
The Swedish star stated that his channel has not been working properly since October 21.

YouTube also made an official statement on the matter claiming that they were looking into the situation, which was later revealed to be a glitch in the system. Thankfully, PewDiePie’s channel is back up and running as usual, going to show that no one is above the platform’s idiosyncrasies.

Read the whole story here.

Dixie D’Amelio’s hair falls out after getting extensions from TikTok stylist

A before and after photo of Dixie with extensions.
Instagram: @hairby_chrissy
Dixie D’Amelio complained that her hair was falling out after receiving extensions from TikTok stylist ‘Hair by Chrissy.’

Who’s involved? Dixie D’Amelio, older sister to Charli D’Amelio, is a hugely popular TikTok star and singer, who has recently complained about some serious hair problems.

What’s the tea? During an October 15 episode of her ‘2 Chix’ podcast with sister Charli, Dixie revealed that her hair is falling out, after receiving extensions from popular TikTok hair stylist ‘Hair by Chrissy.’ Although she made sure not to name the stylist in question, the salon posted before and after photos from Dixie’s appointment, leading many fans to connect the dots in short time.

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“I don’t know if my hair is falling out, but I think it’s falling out from them,” she admitted. “So I’m like, kinda scared. I’m losing hair, but it’s connected to the extension… there’s like white pieces all at the end of each piece of hair.”

Needless to say, Hair by Chrissy has come under intense scrutiny from critics, with the salon having also faced backlash for alleged discriminatory practices and a flagrant disobedience of health and safety protocols in wake of the current health crisis.

Read the whole story here.

Joe Rogan cancels Kanye West podcast episode

Joe Rogan Kanye West Interview cancelled
Joe Rogan
Joe Rogan has had to cancel his upcoming podcast episode with Kanye West.

Who’s involved? Joe Rogan, famous for his ‘Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast, has recently canceled an entire week’s worth of episodes — one of which was set to feature rapper Kanye West.

What’s the tea? Rogan explained the situation in an Instagram video on October 19, revealing that producer Jamie Vernon had tested positive.

“So, we cancelled all the shows,” Joe stated. “We’re happy he has a mild case, but we cancelled all the shows. I’m keeping away from everybody and testing myself and the staff everyday until we’re in the clear, there’s nothing we can do. I won’t know when we’ll do them [podcasts] again until we get a clear from the doctor. I think it’s ten days and three negative test results in a row.”

However, it looks like fans are getting their fix anyway, as Rogan announced that the podcast with Kanye West is airing, after all. The episode is set for October 24 a 12 PM Central Daylight Time.

Read the whole story here.

There’s no denying that a lot has gone down in the past six days. What do you think of Bryce Hall’s latest fight at a restaurant? Do you believe his side of the story, or the manager’s? How do you feel about politicians taking to Twitch to encourage citizens to vote? Do you think Hair by Chrissy should be receiving all the backlash after Dixie’s hair troubles? Let us know on Twitter @DexertoTrending and comment what you think the biggest story of this week was!

Stay tuned to Dexerto for another round of What’s Brewing next week!