Edith Whiskers: How an imaginary gran bought millions of Spotify streams

Edith Whiskers: How an imaginary gran bought millions of Spotify streams

By Will Chalk

Newsbeat reporter


image copyrightAlex Brenchley

image captionTo be comely to Edith, she’s bought loads to celebrate

That is Edith Whiskers. Edith enjoys prolonged sizzling baths, a command of beekeeping and the occasional bike walk.

She’s also had millions of streams on Spotify and soundtracked an excellent deal of of thousands of TikTok movies.

No longer flawed, smitten by she would now not in actuality exist.

So how does a cartoon grandma pause up with streaming stats any A-Listing pop massive title would be proud of?

Radio 1 Newsbeat had a chat with Edith’s PA, educated musician Tom Rosenthal, to search out out.

image copyrightSpotify / Edith Whiskers

Because it seems, we’re no longer the first other folks that’ve been asking after her.

“Folks had been transferring into touch asking to be her manager,” Tom says, after we organize to obtain him on a Zoom call, “they develop no longer know she’s no longer a exact individual.

“Each and every file label that you just may maybe call to mind has been messaging me seeking to obtain her on their books.

“They see that she’s been in the pinnacle hundred most searched-for songs on the app Shazam, above of us relish Harry Kinds, and she turns into wanted property.”

image copyrightAlex Brenchley

image captionEdith for the length of our interview

So why is Tom fielding calls for a cartoon granny? Successfully, although she’s (technically) handiest merely been born, Edith’s legend in actuality goes assist five years.

And, if it wasn’t obtrusive by now then, sure, Tom is mainly Edith Whiskers.

It started when Tom – who describes himself as a “comparatively a hit musician, but no Ed Sheeran” – became as soon as asked to duvet a tune for a YouTube video his friend became as soon as making.

The note in seek data from, Dwelling by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, is a duet with a male and feminine vocal section.

No longer attach off by the reality he, interestingly, couldn’t uncover a female vocalist, Tom ploughed on regardless.

“I merely did each and every the female and the male voices,” he explains, “I thought nothing of it, gave it to the friend, it went on the video… and nothing took command for five years.”

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Mercurial forward to September 2020, and an Australian influencer called Hannah West used Tom’s duvet in a TikTok video.

You would additionally very effectively be ready to wager what took command next.

“It roughly went comparatively wild. Then on about the sixth video in, any individual took the tune and used it on a nostalgic video about rising up with their sister or one thing – after which that grew to turn out to be this pattern.

“I feel TikTok in actuality works easiest on themes and that’s the reason what took command right here. Or no longer it is no longer merely the sound. Or no longer it is the which manner in the assist of it.”

To this point, or no longer it is been used in in the case of half a million TikTok movies – however the unexpected success has left Tom with comparatively of a grief.

image copyrightAlex Brenchley

“I became as soon as comparatively alarmed that the tune would hasten crazy,” Tom explains, “and if I launched it underneath my title it’d be my most authorized tune, and on the pinnacle of my feed on internet sites relish Spotify eternally.

“So I became as soon as having comparatively of a drunken evening with associates on Zoom and I made up my mind I wished a pseudonym. I came up with Edith Whiskers off the pinnacle of my head.

“So Edith became as soon as born after which I purchased my followers to develop illustrations of what she may maybe well well additionally stare relish – so then Edith had a face.”

After the face, a full character developed – there may maybe be a assist legend, an Instagram account and a full covers album.

The total whereas Edith’s model of Dwelling carried on racking up streams.

image copyrightMelissa Nio

“There are these that to find messaged voice to her asserting: ‘I cherish your dispute, I cherish your music’,” Tom says.

“With out a splash of irony by any potential, they merely think or no longer it is her.”

We ask Tom what’s next for Edith and, whereas he seems doubtful about the muse of her in actuality signing a file deal, he’s no longer sick of her but.

“I desire her to address making music, but I desire it to obtain increasingly more wild because it goes along.”

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