In September 2008, Cosmopolitan set out to find the next “fun, fearless female” musician through “StarLaunch,” an effort to build upon the power of the Cosmo brand via a platform that directly connected with its 18 million monthly readers: YouTube.
“StarLaunch” debuted with a dedicated YouTube channel through which musicians submitted a video of themselves singing their original work. After four weeks of receiving submissions, a panel of judges narrowed the pool down to the top 10, and consumers logged online to vote, ultimately determining the best three.
The initiative culminated with a concert at Terminal 5 in NYC, where the three finalists opened for Natasha Bedingfield. There, the online votes were tallied and the winner announced. Thanks to the interactive approach to engage consumers throughout the process, StarLaunch received 500+ submissions, and the Dec. 5, 2008, show sold out, with more than 2,000 in attendance. â–
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