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Who is Alexz Johnson and why was she trending on Twitter?

March 22, 2011 |  6:45 pm

Alexz Johnson took Twitter's top searches by storm Tuesday after she shared a video of her playing her new single  "Thief" featuring Jimmy Robbins.

The pair played guitar together as Johnson sang in the black-and-white video uploaded to YouTube, giving 13-year-old Rebecca Black, that recent polarizing YouTube sensation, a run for her money.

Updated, 8:35 p.m.: Johnson's song "Time to Be Your 21" was featured on Monday's episode of ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars," which also prompted the tweets. Thanks to Alexz's fans for the heads up via comments and tweets.

"Its insane... My music finally has a chance to be heard!!," she said when contacted by the Ministry.

Besides topping the Twitter searches, fans petitioned for the singer to get a verified account on the microblogging site.

"Alexz Johnson still trending!! Crazy!!!!!!," Johnson tweeted  earlier with a photo of the popular topics. 

The 24-year-old singer-actress garnered love from celebrity fans including Nelly Furtado and Demi Lovato, who tweeted props to the singer.

"Alexz Johnson is trending.. Pretty cool. She's the reason I picked up the guitar and started writing songs," the "Sonny with a Chance" star wrote.

"So excited! Just found out BRAND NEW #Alexz Johnson single, "LOOK AT THOSE EYES" comes out early-this tuesday on i-tunes! Don't sleep!" Furtado tweeted.

Johnson, who has appeared in "Final Destination 3" and "Smallville," is best known for her short stint on "Instant Star," a Canadian television show where she played an "American Idol"-like contest winner only to learn that fame came at an unsavory price.

Her newest album "Reloaded" will be available April 26.

Do you think Johnson's "Thief" is stealing Black's spotlight? Let us know in comments.


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