If you’ve ever wondered how much money artists of viral hits were making, you’re in luck. TMZ got their hands on Silento’s record contract and the kid’s doing pretty well for himself. You can even say he’s *sigh* whipping and nae nae-ing all the way to the bank.
The website reports that the 17-year-old, real name Richard Lamar Hawk, signed a record deal with Capitol Records that netted him a cool $100,000 for his viral hit, “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).” Apparently, Capitol is so confident in Silento that they also signed him to a four-album deal, with his debut album earning him $50,000 once the label gives the okay. Each album after could earn the teen “as much as $500,000.”
The website doesn’t say whether any of that money is advance money to record the album, but he definitely has to be cakin’ (for a teen) from all those performances off that one song. Hopefully, Silento has plenty more infectious material in store for daycares across the country (and the record deal isn’t something that ends up screwing him on the back end.)