Jacob Sartorius

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Jacob Sartorius
Jacob Sartorius (2), 2017 (cropped).jpg
Sartorius in 2017
Background information
Birth nameRolf Jacob Sartorius
Born (2002-10-02) October 2, 2002 (age 16)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
GenresTeen pop
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2015–present

Rolf Jacob Sartorius[1] (/sɑːrˈtɔːriəs/; born October 2, 2002) is an American singer and internet personality, who rose to fame via social media from posting lip-syncing videos on musical.ly and TikTok. In 2016, he released his debut single "Sweatshirt", which reached the Hot 100 charts in the United States and Canada. Jacob Sartorius was the 9th most searched musical artist of 2016.[2]

On January 20, 2017, Sartorius released his debut extended play The Last Text which included eight songs. The EP charted in the albums charts in the United States, Canada, Scotland, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia. His debut concert tour The Last Text World Tour took place the same year.[3] He then released his second EP, Left Me Hangin'. In November 2018, Sartorius released his third EP, Better With You. The two failed to make any chart impact globally.

Early life[edit]

Sartorius was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Shortly after his birth, he was adopted and moved to Virginia because his birth parents were unable to take care of him. He was raised in Reston, Virginia by his adoptive parents.[4] At age 7, Sartorius began acting in musicals, where he discovered his love for performing, but this also caused people to bully him.[5]

In 2014, Sartorius uploaded his first online video to Vine at 11 years old. The video, which was a message about anti-bullying, went viral and began his fame on social media. After regularly posting videos to Vine, Sartorius became mildly popular on the app. Later that year, Sartorius joined Musical.ly where his online fame took off. His lip-syncing videos on the app became very popular and led him to become one of the app's top stars with more than 8 million followers as of August 2016.[6]

Sartorius' newfound fame worsened the bullying at school. In 2016, Sartorius admitted he had to switch schools three different times in 2015 due to getting "verbally attacked, pushed, and teased" by classmates.[7] Social media offered him an escape from bullying, with Sartorius stating: "Before Musical.ly, I wasn't the most outgoing. The app helped me goof off. It's like no one is watching besides the camera."[5]

On 2 February 2019, Sartorius revealed via Instagram that he had been seeking therapy and taking anti-depressant medication since he was 11 years old.[8]


Sartorius in 2017

Career beginnings, T3MG, and AMF Tour (2016)[edit]

After rising to fame via social media, Sartorius signed with T3 Music Group and released his debut single "Sweatshirt" on May 3, 2016. The song peaked at No. 90 on the US Billboard Hot 100, No. 81 on the Canadian Hot 100.[9][10] Sartorius performed the song for the first time in Baltimore on May 7 during the Magcon tour, a tour where fans can meet and interact with Internet personalities and see them perform.[11] Around that time, Business Insider predicted Sartorius "could be the next Justin Bieber".[12]

After the tour, Sartorius released two more singles, "Hit or Miss" and "All My Friends". With "Hit or Miss" debuting at No. 72 in the United States, it is his highest charting single to date.[13] In 2016, Sartorius undertook the All My Friends Tour, a solo mini-tour where he performed in six cities.[16]

The Last Text, RCA, and Left Me Hangin' (2017–present)[edit]

Three months later, Sartorius announced The Last Text World Tour where he would perform in seven countries in 2017 in support of his debut extended play The Last Text. Sartorius' E.P. was released on January 20, 2017.[17]

Mid-2017, Sartorius signed with RCA Records and on October 6, released his major label debut, Left Me Hangin'. Sartorius released his first Christmas song, "Cozy" on December 1, 2017.[citation needed]

In March 2018, Sartorius attended the Los Angeles March for Our Lives protest and spoke at the event.[18]

On November 1, 2018, Sartorius released his previously unannounced EP, "Better With You" which failed to gain chart success on any international album charts.[citation needed]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
The Last Text EP
  • Released: January 20, 2017
  • Label: T3 Music Group
  • Format: Digital download
32 33 4 61 49 54
Left Me Hangin
  • Released: October 6, 2017
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: Digital download
Better with You
  • Released: November 1, 2018
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: Digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Sweatshirt" 2016 90 81 The Last Text EP
"Hit or Miss" 72 76
"All My Friends"
"Last Text"
"Bingo" 2017
"Hit Me Back"
(featuring Blackbear)
Left Me Hangin'
"Cozy" Non-album single
"Up With It" 2018 Better With You EP
"Better With You"

"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award[citation needed] Category Work Result
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Muser Himself Nominated
2017 iHeart Radio Music Awards Social Star Award
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Viral Music Artist
Radio Disney Music Awards Favorite Social Media Star
Shorty Awards Muser of the Year
Teen Choice Awards Choice Muser



  1. ^ Sartorius, Jacob. ""Yes my full name is Rolf Jacob Sartorius, I dont like to go by it."".
  2. ^ Sprangler, Todd (December 14, 2016). "Google top searches 2016: Pokemon Go, Prince, Donald Trump, iPhone..." Superior Telegram. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  3. ^ Havens, Lyndsey (December 12, 2016). "Jacob Sartorius Will Sing You To Sleep In New Video For 'Last Text': Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  4. ^ Devoe, Noelle (August 24, 2016). "Jacob Sartorius Reveals He Was Adopted in Uplifting New Video Blog". Seventeen. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Martins, Chris (October 20, 2016). "Musical.ly's Teenage Revolution: How the Trend-Setting Lip-Sync App Is Changing the Music Industry". Billboard. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  6. ^ Nagi, Ariel (August 11, 2016). "Jacob Sartorius's "Hit or Miss" Music Video Will Bring Back Those 2009 Bieber Feels". Seventeen. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Sartorius, Jacob (July 30, 2016). "Jacob Sartorius on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved December 29, 2016. I tried 3 different schools last school year and still got verbally attacked, pushed, and teased for things as small as my ears...
  8. ^ Hussain, Fahad (February 3, 2019). "Millie Bobbie Brown's ex Jacob Sartorius reveals he's going to therapy". Dankanator.
  9. ^ Wass, Mike (May 2, 2016). "Jacob Sartorius' Debut Single "Sweatshirt" Arrives Tomorrow". Idolator. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  10. ^ "Artist Search for "jacob sartorius"". AllMusic. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  11. ^ "MAGCON Tour". www.facebook.com. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  12. ^ Robinson, Melia (August 12, 2016). "Teens are totally divided on this social media star who could be the next Justin Bieber". Business Insider. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  13. ^ "Jacob Sartorius - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  14. ^ Wass, Mike (September 13, 2016). "Jacob Sartorius Announces "All My Friends"". Idolator. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  15. ^ "Jacob Sartorius". October 14, 2016. Archived from the original on October 14, 2016. Retrieved June 1, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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  17. ^ "Jacob Sartorius". December 20, 2016. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved June 1, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  18. ^ Loughrey, Clarisse. "March for Our Lives: Taylor Swift donates to 'show my support for the students'". Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  19. ^ "Jacob Sartorius – Chart history (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  20. ^ "Jacob Sartorius Song Chart History - The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  21. ^ "Jacob Sartorius Song Chart History - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  22. ^ "American single certification: Jacob Sartorius – "Sweatshirt"". Recording Industry Association of America. May 14, 2018. Retrieved October 3, 2018.

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