Famous for his popularity as a teen singing idol, Justin Bieber was born in Stratford, Ontario, on March 1, 1994. He took an interest in music at a young age, learning to play various instruments like the piano and trumpet. He also enjoyed singing, and in the late 2000s began posting videos of his vocal performances on YouTube. His talent was soon discovered by Scooter Braun, former marketing executive for So So Def, who listened to Bieber perform and helped him record some demos. Bieber was only 13 when he was eventually presented to R&B star Usher, who took an interest in the young talent. Bieber was signed to a major record deal on Island Records in 2008, which released his debut album, My World, the next year. The singer's fame was instant, and he garnered legions of fans, many of whom were preteen girls, also known as "'tweens." He released his solo effort, My World 2.0 in 2010, and later that year, appeared on the crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2011, Bieber made an even bigger appearance on-screen when his full-length 3D concert documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never was released to theaters. The movie proved to be a major hit, grossing over $30 million its opening weekend. Also in 2011 Bieber enjoyed his first high-profile relationship with Disney star Selena Gomez.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Entered a local singing competition, Stratford Idol, in 2006, but failed to win.
- YouTube performances gained attention from a music executive who ultimately helped sign Bieber to Usher's record label.
- The youngest solo male artist to top the charts since Stevie Wonder in 1963.
- While on vacation in December 2009, took a hiatus from using Twitter, which prompted a rumor that he had died.
- Sings the opening line on the charity single remake "We Are the World 25 For Haiti."
- Created a frenzy in 2009 at a Long Island mall where he was supposed to appear. The event was canceled because of the chaos and his manager was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment for allegedly disobeying police orders to spread word of the cancellation.
- His 2015 single "What Do You Mean?" debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making him the youngest male artist to do so in the history of the charts.
- Had three of the top five singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 2015, the first artist to achieve that feat since the Beatles in 1964.