If the success of Justin Bieber has proven anything, it’s that no singer is to young to be snatched up after breaking big on the Internet (see: Greyson Chance) and transformed into a singing sensation. Case in point: 13-year-old Australian Cody Simpson, whose sticky-sweet pop single “iYiYi” hit iTunes today, and features rapping by Flo Rida. Listen below.[wpaudio url="http://idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/iYiYi.mp3" text="Cody Simpson - iYiYi" dl="0"]
Just for the record, Flo Rida, it’s a little creepy to rap the line, “I-y-yi cannot get enough of kissing you” right after Cody sings his own call-out at the beginning of the track.
But moving on, are we the only ones getting a bit of “One Time” deja vu here?
Granted, Bieber has a winning track record, and Simpson has to start somewhere. But it’s going to take hard work and a lot of originality for this Aussie to set himself apart from his Canadian counterpart—that is, if Bieber’s legion of fans will let him.
Earlier this afternoon, Cody Simpson’s Wikipedia entry had been altered to say that the singer is “a cheap knockoff of Justin Bieber. therefor [sic] a pre-pueberty [sic] failure.”