Gay-themed music video a YouTube hit

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By MICHAEL CIDONI LENNOX, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Grand was virtually unknown when his first music video was posted on YouTube just a week ago.

Now, the Chicago musician is on the brink of an all-American success story. His self-produced rock ballad, "All-American Boy," had attracted some 400,000 views by last night. That's nothing for a major record-company release. But that qualifies as "going viral" for a low-budget, do-it-yourself project with only word of mouth and internet buzz to promote it.

The 23-year-old Grand is openly gay, and the video portrays a possible romance between two men. But Grand says the appeal of the song is also universal, that unrequited loved is heartbreaking no matter what your sexual orientation.

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