YouTube sensation Maria Aragon inks recording deal
An 11-year-old Winnipeg girl whose rendition of Lady Gaga's Born This Way turned her into an overnight YouTube sensation has signed a recording deal in the Philippines.
Maria Aragon's father, Veni Aragon, said his daughter is in the Philippines to record the album and make some live appearances.
Veni Aragon said the deal is with Star Records, a division of ABS-CBN, the Philippines' largest media and entertainment conglomerate, but said he doesn't know yet how much the deal is worth.
Maria shot to fame in February after Lady Gaga, impressed with the girl's rendition of her song, retweeted a link to the video, which received more than 11 million hits in just one week.
Maria then performed with her idol during a sold-out concert in Toronto in March. She sang the American pop star's hit single with her about an hour into the show at the Air Canada Centre.
She also performed for talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife and earlier this month Prince William and his wife Kate.
Veni Aragon, whose family is of Filipino descent, said that under the two-year deal, Maria will record two albums. While in the country, the girl will also visit her aunt and maternal grandmother.