British rapper Yungblud shut down Times Square last night when he tweeted his location and hundreds of screaming fans arrived, forcing police to close the streets.
The 22-year-old told his 220,000 followers to meet him at a specific intersection of the square in central New York yesterday.
In footage taken from the scene, the musician can be seen running toward his adoring fans, before hugging members of the crowd as others filmed on their phones.
British rapper Yungblud crowd-surfed over hundreds of screaming fans in Times Square after he told his Twitter followers to meet in a specific location
Dominic Harrison, known as Yungblud, climbed a traffic light pole before jumping into the crowd in central New York yesterday
Yungblud, real name Dominic Harrison, climbed on a traffic light pole and jumped into the group to crowd surf above the street.
As the droves of fans arrived at the corner of 44th street and Broadway, they saw the video to the singer’s track, Original Me, playing on the huge MTV screen outside the Viacom building.
Police had to put the area on lockdown over safety issues with overcrowding, closing the roads into the square.
The stunt was a bid to drum up excitement for the premier of the Doncaster-born singer’s new music video for Original Me.
It was premiered in front of a raucous crowd in the middle of New York’s Times Square.
Singer Yungblud hugged fans in Times Square after tweeting them to meet him at a specific location yesterday
As he stood above the crowd, Yungblud yelled to his fans : ‘I called and you f***ing answered.’
Alongside a link to his new single and the wild scenes in Times Square, Yungblud wrote: ‘Ya’ll made me crowd surf in time square … im defs in trouble.’
He then tweeted: ‘THIS. WAS. MENTAL! love u all ….. ORIGINAL ME is out now!!!!!!!!!!!!!’
On his new single Yungblud previously said in a statement: ‘This song is about accepting the parts of yourself that you hate and realising your biggest superpower is to be originally, authentically yourself.’
The Yorkshire-born rapper is currently dating pop star, Halsey, who he collaborated with on the song 11 Minutes.
He describes his sexuality as ‘very fluid’ and previously said he is ‘more straight’, but that it is ‘ultimately about connection’.
Yungblud performs live on the Main Stage during day three of Reading Festival in August
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