Shirley Setia

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Shirley Setia
Shirley Setia snapped at Miss Diva 2020 Mumbai Preliminary Event
Background information
BornDaman, India[1]
  • Singer
  • YouTuber
  • actress
  • Vocals
  • ukulele
Years active2012 – present
YouTube information
Years active2012–present
Subscribers3.74 million
Total views315.6 million

Updated: 4 April 2021[2]

Shirley Setia is a singer who was born in Daman, India and raised in Auckland, New Zealand.[1] Setia featured in the Forbes Magazine, where she was referred to as "Bollywood's Next Big Singing Sensation. Setia made her film debut with Maska which released on Netflix on 27 March 2020 and will be making her Bollywood film debut with Nikamma.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

A graduate student from the University of Auckland and marketing and publicity intern at Auckland Council, Setia took part in a contest conducted by T-Series. Her YouTube entry was recorded in her bedroom while she was wearing pyjamas.[5] This earned her the nickname "Pyjama popstar" by the New Zealand Herald.[6] She was declared as one of the winners from thousands of entries. Amidst the chaotic life of being a student and a part-time radio jockey, she started uploading regularly on to YouTube and has since then collaborated with YouTube artists from across US, UK, India, and Canada. Four years, 3.52 million subscribers and 114 M views later, she has now moved to Mumbai to pursue her dream of making it big in Bollywood. Forbes magazine's Rob Cain wrote a feature on her and her future goals recently in which he stated that "Bollywood's Next Big Singing Sensation Just Might Be This Tiny Kiwi".[7] she was also acknowledged as India's YouTube sensation by the Hindustan Times[8] and as one of New Zealand's biggest international artists by TVNZ.[9] As of January 2021, she has 3.71 million subscribers on YouTube with 308 million views.[10]

She was invited by YouTube as a 'YouTube Creator' to perform live in YouTube FanFest held in Mumbai in 2016 and 2017.[11]


Year Film/Album Song Music director Co-singer
2014 Shirley Setia Single Album "Thode Se Hum" Shirley Setia & Abhas Joshi Abhas Joshi
2015 4 Steps Forward "Naye Love Ki Subah" Parichay Parichay & Gunsmith
2016 Shirley Setia Single Album "Koi Shor" Ravi Singhal Ravi Singhal
2016 Passengers "Aadat" Sukumar Dutta Raftaar, Jubin Nautiyal
2017 A Gentleman "Disco Disco" Sachin - Jigar Benny Dayal
2017 Best of Luck Laalu "Luv u Luv u" Sachin - Jigar Kirtidan Gadhvi
2017 T-Series Mixtape "Tu Jo Mila-Raabta" Abhijit Vaghani Jubin Nautiyal
2017 Shirley Setia Single Album "Tu Mil Gaya" Haroon-Gavin
2018 Jab Koi Baat recreated "Jab Koi Baat recreated" DJ Chetas Atif Aslam
2018 Gaana Exclusives "Koi Vi Nahi" Rajat Nagpal Gurnazar Chattha
2018 A Whole New World "A Whole New World" Kurt Hugo Schneider
2018 5 Weddings "Na Chah Ke Bhi" Vishal Mishra
2018 Shirley Setia Single Album "Naiyo Jaana" Ravi Singhal
2019 T-Series Electrofolk "Bhumro" Aditya Dev Aditya Dev, Parry G
2019 Biba - Jio Saavn Original "Biba" Marshmello & Pritam Pardeep Singh Sran, Dev Negi
2019 T-Series Mixtape Season-2 "Ik Vaari Aa/Naadan Parindey/Tum Ho Toh" Bhushan Kumar, Ahmed Khan Shirley Setia, Abhijit V & Jubin Nautiyal
2020 Maska "I wanna hang with you" Mikey McClealy Shirley setia, IP Singh
2020 Saregama Music "Dil ko tumse pyaar Hua" (Recreated) Abhijit Vaghani
2020 Saregama Music "Naa tum jaano na Hum" (Recreated) Abhijit Vaghani
2020 Saregama Music " Chura liya hain tumne jo dil ko" (Recreated) Abhijit Vaghani


Year Title Role Notes
2018 Lockdown Recreating a Hindi Song [12][13][14]


Year Film Role Notes
2020 Maska Persis Mistry [15]
2020 Nikamma [16]
2021 Untitled Telugu Film Telugu Debut


  1. ^ a b "Personal Agenda with Shirley Setia: "To be a success on social media, you need to be yourself, be consistent and be real"". Hindustan Times. 23 May 2020. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Shirley Setia - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  3. ^ "All you need to know about 'Nikamma' debutant Shirley Setia - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  4. ^ "m starting from scratch: YouTube sensation Shirley Setia on acting debut".
  5. ^ Joseph, Raveena (5 January 2018). "Meet Youtube sensation Shirley Setia". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  6. ^ Theunissen, Matthew (4 May 2014). "Pyjama pop song a big hit". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  7. ^ Cain, Rob (19 March 2016). "Bollywood's Next Big Singing Sensation Just Might Be This Tiny Kiwi". Forbes. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  8. ^ "This girl from NZ is the new YouTube sensation for her Bollywood covers". Hindustan Times. 16 March 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Shirley Setia: From singing alone in a grass field to performing for thousands of fans in India". TVNZ. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Shirley Setia". YouTube. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  11. ^ Cranenburgh, Craig (23 March 2017). "FanFestLIFE BB Ki Vines, VidyaVox, Technical Guruji among those recognised at YouTube FanFest".
  12. ^ Zee Media Bureau (17 August 2018). "ZEE5 launches Lockdown with Badshah, Kailash Kher, Raftaar, Jonita Gandhi and many more". Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  13. ^ Sana Farzeen (28 August 2018). "Badshah on turning producer with web show Lockdown: It's a stressful job". Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  14. ^ R.M. VIJAYAKAR (24 August 2018). "ZEE5's Maiden Offering in the Music Space, 'Lockdown,' Premieres: Watch Trailer". Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  15. ^ Chatterjee, Saibal (27 March 2020). "Maska Movie Review: Manisha Koirala Is Endearing But The Netflix Film Lacks The Glow Of A Well-Baked Loaf Of Bread". Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  16. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (22 July 2019). "Abhimanyu Dassani to star opposite Youtube sensation Shirley Setia in Sabbir Khan's action film Nikamma | Bollywood News - Bollywood Hungama". Retrieved 22 July 2019.

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