Todrick Hall (born April 4, 1985) is an American singer and actor from Texas. He auditioned for the ninth season of American Idol, where he made it to the semi-finals. Since then, Hall has been performing on Broadway and YouTube.
Post-American Idol career
As of January 1, 2018, Hall has exceeded 2 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. Videos on his channel have been played 555.1 million times as of today. Videos of note include a flash mob thrown for Ariana Grande, a reinvention of the Wizard of Oz starring Pentatonix which was directed by and also stars Hall, and a Beyonce themed flash mob performed in the middle of an actual Target store, which has garnered over 13.8 million views as of September 30, 2015, and which Beyonce personally publicly congratulated Hall on.
Hall has since collaborated with many celebrities, some including Taylor Swift, had an abundance in net worth, received a high amount of media praise from all communities, and has expanded his brand due to him saying in an interview that he is willing to sacrifice everything to be successful in the industry and people should do the same with anything they are doing.
In November 2013, Virgin America produced a pop-music safety video directed by Jon M. Chu with music by Jean-Yves Decornet. Hall starred in the video, and wrote the song and lyrics.
Although Hall is mainly known for his video-driven projects, he also has many musically driven projects as well. In December 2013, Hall released a Christmas album entitled Dear Santa, with covers of "This Christmas" and "Sleigh Bells" and original songs "So Cold" and "SplitsOnXmasTrees." Hall produced a 2014 YouTube series entitled Pop Star High.
On October 22, 2014, MTV announced that Todrick, a docuseries following Hall, would be premiering in 2015. Variety confirmed that eight half-hour episodes were ordered. On December 20, 2014, a holiday-themed commercial, produced by and starring Hall, premiered on MTV. The commercial doubled as both a year end roundup/holiday wish segment for celebrities appearing on MTV, as well as an ad for Hall's own upcoming MTV show. On New Years Day of 2018, he was the host of New York City annual parade to celebrate.
While on American Idol, Hall was accused of fraud when he reportedly charged several parents a $50 fee for auditioning for a musical, Oz, the Musical. The musical got cancelled, but money charged for the auditions was never refunded. Hall however denied that he, being the director rather than the producer, was ever involved in the financial aspect of the production.
In 2017, Todrick was accused by some of the Black and LGBTQ community for betraying them for being in Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" music video.
- He was featured in Forbes' "Top 30 under 30" (2014).
- He broke a Guiness World Record for the longest dance relay marathon. He and many people danced to Beyonce's music for exactly 24 hours.
- He created a Kickstarter Campaign based on the Oz Musical concept. The goal of $5,000 was exceeded (Actual $5,277) by the deadline of October 7, 2011 so the campaign was successfully funded. On July 16, 2013 the video was posted on YouTube.
Selected videography and discography releases
- It Gets Better
- McDonalds Drive Thru Song
- Beyonce End Of Time Flash Mob
- I Wanna Be On Glee
- We Found Love duet with Siri
- Without U duet with Tori Kelly (Creator; singer)
- Grown Woman Disney Parody
- Beauty and the Beat
- How The Grinch Stole Crenshaw
- Dear Santa
- Disney Dudez
- Todrick Hall's The Wizard of Ahhhs feat. Pentatonix
- Hold On, We're Going Home
- The Hungry Games
- Mean Gurlz
- Spell Block Tango (as Scar from The Lion King)
- Beyoncé (2013) - choreographer - Blow
- Beyonce (2013) -actor [uncredited] - "Superpower"
- Pop Star High (8 episodes)
- Opening Act for the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
- Twerking in the Rain
- Mary Poppin-Dem-Pills
- Mean Boys
- All That Azz
- Bridesmaidz 2
- Grown Woman
- Disney Dudez 2
- Snow White and the Seven Thugs
- Freaks Like Me (feat. the cast of Dance Moms)
- Disney Dudez 3
- BandCamp (with boyband IM5)
- Cell Black Django
- Alice in WeHoLand
- Splits on Christmas Trees
- Bitch Perfect
- 90s Disney (feat. Shoshana Bean)
- 4 Beyoncé
- 4 Gaga
- 4 Rihanna
- 4 Taylor
- Beauty and the Beat Boots
- Bitch Better Have My Money
- Pretty Boys (Public Service Announcement)
- Evolution of Disney
- Mickey Minaj
- Invisible (Cover)
- Low (Original Song)
- What They Say (feat. Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
- Monday Nights (MTV)
- The Birthday Dance (MTV)
- Who Let the Freaks Out (Original Song) (MTV)
- Haterz (Original Song) (MTV)
- Epic Love (Original Song) (MTV)
- Wind It Up (Original Song) (MTV)
- Titaniqua (MTV)
- You Unfollowed Me (Original Song) (MTV) (feat. Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
- Hocus Broke-us
- Dem Cakes Tho (Original Song) (MTV)
- Peter Perry (MTV)
- 4 Miranda
- ↑ Parker, Lyndsey. Season 9 Idol Todrick Hall Now Managed by Scooter Braun. Music.yahoo.com. Retrieved on January 3, 2014.
- ↑ Todrick Hall. YouTube. Retrieved on 2015-11-12.
- ↑ Ariana Grande Gets Flash'd by Todrick Hall - Episode 1. YouTube (2013-09-07). Retrieved on 2015-11-12.
- ↑ The Wizard of Ahhhs by Todrick Hall. YouTube (2013-07-16). Retrieved on 2015-11-12.
- ↑ Beyonce End Of Time Target Flash Mob. YouTube (2011-07-18). Retrieved on 2015-11-12.
- ↑ Virgin America Safety Video #VXsafetydance. YouTube (2013-10-29). Retrieved on 2015-11-12.
- ↑ Dear Santa by Todrick Hall on iTunes. Itunes.apple.com (2013-12-19). Retrieved on 2015-11-12.
- ↑ Cynthia Littleton (2014-10-22). YouTube’s Todrick Hall Sets MTV Unscripted Series. Variety. Retrieved on 2015-11-12.
- ↑ An MTV Holiday by Todrick Hall (#TodrickMTV). YouTube (2014-12-20). Retrieved on 2015-11-12.
- ↑ Johnson, Billy (2010-02-20). February 14–21: The American Idol] Dream Can Sometimes Be A Nightmare. New.music.yahoo.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
- ↑ Todrick ... Hall: Now That 'Idol' Is Over, He's Going for 'Glee'. Buddytv.com (2010-03-15). Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
- ↑ Pomerantz, Dorothy. Forbes 30 under 30. Forbes.com. Retrieved on January 6, 2014.
- ↑ Oz: The Musical by Todrick Hall — Kickstarter. kickstarter.com (2011-10-07). Retrieved on 2014-07-11.
- ↑ Todrick Hall. YouTube. Retrieved on 2015-11-12.
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