Two years ago, 14-year-old pop singer Cody Simpson was recording covers of Jason Mraz and Justin Timberlake in his Australian bedroom. Now he’s our MTV PUSH Artist of the Week, and ready to dominate stateside and beyond. Last year’s “iYiYi,” his debut single, featured Flo Rida and was an immediate hit with more than 18 million YouTube views. That’s 18. Million. Since then, the pop star has signed with Justin Bieber‘s manager, recorded two EPs and has been featured in nearly every mall in America.
We’ve got interviews and live performances to give you the complete story on our Australian friend. First, check out live performances of Simpson hits “Not Just You” and “On My Mind.” After the jump, Cody reveals how Australian slang keeps him grounded to his home country and how his voice has matured since his earlier days. As a singer who started out recording covers in his bedroom, Cody Simpson also discusses his love of cover songs and the artists he still enjoys covering (can you guess?).
Of course more popularity breeds more fans, as Cody Simpson shares crazy fan stories — a group of dedicated fans followed him back to his house. Not cool, guys. “A mall was something that I just used to hang out in as a kid,” says Simpson on his numerous mall shows. “And then you go there, and there’s 4,000 people waiting for you to perform. It’s a big difference.”
Cody also teamed up with MTV Act for a special video on bullying. Simpson says he understands the effects of bullying firsthand and offers his own tips on how to handle bullying and what to do if you’re a victim.
Whew! Lots of Cody Simpson to pack in to your week, but we’re pretty sure you’re not complaining.
+ Watch exclusive Cody Simpson interviews, videos and live performances:
++ CODY SIMPSON, “NOT JUST YOU (LIVE)”
Watch more videos after the jump!
++ CODY SIMPSON, “ON MY MIND (LIVE)”
++ CODY SIMPSON ON AUSTRALIAN SLANG
++ CODY SIMPSON ON LIFE AFTER “iYiYi”
++ CODY SIMPSON ON PERFORMING COVERS
++ CODY SIMPSON ON PRANKS WITH GREYSON CHANCE
++ CODY SIMPSON ON CRAZY FANS
++ CODY SIMPSON JOINS THE ANTI-BULLYING MOVEMENT