A FORMER Hervey Bay musician and a young family friend are the latest internet sensation thanks to a 59-second video put together in less than seven hours.
The tongue-in-cheek video, set to music by former Hervey Bay man Rob Sharpe and starring eight-year-old Juliet Childs, has gained more than 13 million views from across the world since Thursday.
Mr Sharpe, who now lives in Brisbane, said the video was the result of boredom during the school holidays when Juliet was looking for something to do.
They decided to use Mr Sharpe's music studio to film the video, My First Hardcore Song.
The resulting 59-second film clip, with Juliet's lyrics about her dog Robert set to rock music, was posted to video-sharing website YouTube by Juliet's mum.
Mr Sharpe said the video had been posted on YouTube last Thursday so friends and family could have a bit of a laugh.
It gained worldwide media attention, including from a music site in the UK, Good Morning America, the New York Daily News and national radio and newspapers across Australia.
The family was also convinced to launch a website with T-shirts and singlets on sale, as well as putting the song on sale on online music store iTunes.
"It was unintentional," Mr Sharpe said. "We're making the best out of it while it lasts."
"It's going to die down fairly quickly as all YouTube things do."
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