What started as dorm room fun for two tech-savvy Yale students, Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider, is now an Internet sensation. One evening, Kurt says he was set to record a duet with Sam and a female singer, but the woman flaked out at the last minute.
Instead of canceling the recording, Kurt suggested that Sam sing every part separately. Then, they used some digital magic to piece it together into a creative illusion. Later, Sam and Kurt took on Michael Jackson's hits. In the video, which has gotten almost 5 million hits on YouTube, Sam sings the lead vocals, backup and chorus.
Watch Sam and Kurt's Michael Jackson medley on YouTube.
Sam, a classical Greek major, says instant fame has made him better at time management. "I just don't have as much free time anymore, but we fit in making videos into the homework and the class work," he says. "It magically works out somehow."