Beckii Cruel: Manx schoolgirl to release UK single

image captionBeckii Cruel has received more than 19 million views on her YouTube channel

Teenager Rebecca Flint who shot to fame in Japan after posting videos of herself dancing on YouTube is to release her first UK single.

The Isle of Man schoolgirl has already released two albums in Japan under her stage name Beckii Cruel.

The 16-year-old has received more than 19 million hits on YouTube since she posted her first dance video in 2009.

Ms Flint is hopeful dance track You Can't Kiss Me will go down well in both the UK and Japanese markets.

It is being released on 24 October.

"The past two years have been pretty crazy. My videos went viral and the success was all very sudden," she said.

"I have loved every second of recording this song and making the video. I really hope people like it in the UK and Japan."

Despite her fame in Japan, the Manx teenager still attends Ramsey Grammar School, where she is studying A-levels. She is also independently working towards her Japanese GCSE.

Ms Flint added: "I still enjoy school and obviously I need a back-up plan, so I may as well keep on going because I can do them both at once.

"Considering there are only 80,000 people on the Isle of Man it is amazing that I've had 19 million hits on YouTube, I can't get my head around the numbers."

The Ramsey pupil is currently among the top 10 most downloaded artists in Japan and has more than 15,000 followers on the social media site Twitter.

Her new song was co-written by Tom Nichols (All Saints, Kylie Minogue) and George Nakas and features Australian DJ act, The Clones.

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