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Justin Drew Bieber ( ; born March 14, 1994) is a Canadian pop/R&B singer. He began his professional career on YouTube, where he was discovered by his future manager, Scooter Braun. Braun flew Bieber to Atlantamarker, Georgiamarker to consult with Usher and soon signed a record deal with Island.

The first part of his two-part debut album My World was released on November 17, 2009. Four successful pre-album singles have been released: "One Time", "One Less Lonely Girl", "Love Me", and "Favorite Girl", which were Top 15 hits on the Canadian Hot 100 and Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. This accomplishment made Bieber the only artist in Billboard history to have four singles from a debut album chart in the Top 40 of the Hot 100 before the album's release. The album received positive reviews from critics, and debuted at #6 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 137,000 copies in its first week, which was the best opening release for a new artist in 2009. It also debuted at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart. Part II of My World is currently set for a March 2010.

Life and career

Bieber was 12 years old when he entered a local singing competition in Stratford, placing in second. He taught himself how to play the piano, drums, guitar, and trumpet. In late 2007 Justin and his mother began posting videos on YouTube so that his family and friends that could not attend his performances would be able to view them, posting his cover versions of songs. He was soon approached by a Toronto-based company called Rapid Discovery Media, who assisted him in running his YouTube and MySpace accounts, producing, editing and promoting his videos. After posting his rendition of Chris Brown's "With You", Brown personally called Bieber and congratulated him on his YouTube recognition.

Scooter Braun, a former marketing executive of So So Def, discovered his videos, and flew Bieber to Atlanta, Georgiamarker where he met with R&B singer/songwriter Usher. A week later Bieber had the opportunity to sing for Usher who immediately became greatly interested, giving him an audition with Antonio L.A. Reid at Island Records who signed him to Island Records in October 2008. Justin Timberlake was reportedly in the running to sign Bieber, but he eventually signed with Usher.

2009-present: Debut album

Bieber's first album My World, was released on November 17, 2009. The album features guest vocals from Usher, who appears in the music video for the single "One Time". Bieber is on a promotion tour promoting his single and has made various appearances on several radio stations.The first single "One Time" reached number 12 in Canadian Hot 100 during its first week in July 2009, and number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Bieber had performed "One Time" in a several live shows such as mtvU's VMA 09 Tour, European program The Dome, YTV's The Next Star and The Today Show. On September 26, 2009, "One Time" had gone Platinum in Canada. The single has also been certified Gold in the U.S.marker by the RIAA The album's second single, "One Less Lonely Girl" was released exclusively to iTunes on October 6, 2009. It was announced in October 2009 that to support his debut effort, Bieber will tour with Taylor Swift on two of her United Kingdom stops of her Fearless Tour and go on a five-date tour himself in Canada, sponsored by Urban Behavior. Bieber will also guest star in an episode of True Jackson, VP later this year. In October 2009, Bieber was voted as the #5 "Best Good Example of 2009" by AOL's JSYK.

On November 20, 2009 a scheduled autograph session at the Roosevelt Field Mallmarker on Long Island, New Yorkmarker was canceled by police who feared that a crowd of 3000 that included fans and their parents who were aggressively pushing and shoving each other, would cause a metal and glass railing containing them to snap, causing both a crushing and falling hazard where the large amount of patrons in the building would risk falling to the mall's lower level. An executive for Def Jam Recordings was arrested on four charges related to his alleged failure to cooperate with police. James Roppo pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Discography

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak positions
CAN US AUT GER NL SWI
2009 My World 1 6 18 18 85 39
2010 My World
  • Release date: March 2010
  • Label: Island Records
TBR


Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
CAN US US Pop AUT GER
2009 "One Time" 12 20 14 30 14 My World (Part I)
"One Less Lonely Girl"[A] 10 16 36 54 22
"Love Me"[A] 12 37
"Favorite Girl"[A] 15 26
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Notes
  • A^ Singles were released digitally exclusively to iTunes.


Other charted singles

These songs were not officially released as singles, but charted after the release of My World (Part I)
Year Song Peak chart positions Album
CAN US
2009 "Down to Earth" 61 79 My World (Part I)
"Bigger" 78 94
"First Dance" (featuring Usher) 88 99
"Common Denominator" 72 --


Music videos

Year Song Director
2009 "One Time" Vashtie Kola
"One Less Lonely Girl" Roman White


References

  1. inogolo:how to pronounce Justin Bieber.
  2. Justin Bieber Bio on MTV UK
  3. http://hollywoodcrush.mtv.com/2009/10/30/miley-cyrus-voted-worst-celebrity-influence-of-2009-selena-gomez-is-among-the-best/
  4. Police: Mall security lacking for big teen crowd Newsday November 21, 2009
  5. Record exec pleads not guilty in mall fiasco Newsday November 21, 2009
  6. http://www.billboard.com/column/chartbeat/chart-highlights-pop-rock-christian-songs-1004049675.story#/column/chartbeat/chart-highlights-pop-rock-christian-songs-1004049675.story


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