The newest viral video stars are the fourth- and fifth-grade members of New York’s PS22 Chorus, thanks in part to celebrity blogger—and fan—Perez Hilton. “He’s the one who really got these kids on the map,” chorus director Gregg Breinberg tells MTV. But it’s the choir’s offbeat song choices—they’ve covered everything from Tori Amos to Lady Gaga—that brought YouTube attention.
The choir’s fame has helped stave off the budget crunch, and it’s done more for the students than simply teach them how to sing. “Math has just gotten easier for me,” says one member. “Mr. B is always telling us to focus, and when we get into class, we focus some more.” Adds another, “We met Rihanna. How many kids like us, our age, got to meet her?”