Justin Beiber Biography
Justin Drew Bieber is a Canadian singer and songwriter. After a talent manager discovered him through his YouTube videos covering songs in 2008 and signed to RBMG, Bieber released his debut EP, My World, in late 2009. It was certified Platinum in the U.S. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut record chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Bieber released his first full-length studio album, My World 2.0, in 2010. It debuted at or near number one in several countries, was certified triple Platinum in the U.S., and contained his single “Baby”.
Bieber was born on March 1, 1994, in London, Ontario, at St Joseph’s Hospital,and was raised in Stratford, Ontario. He is the only child of Jeremy Jack Bieber and Patricia “Pattie” Mallette. Bieber’s parents were never married. Pattie raised her son with the help of her mother, Diane, and stepfather, Bruce.
His mother is of French-Canadian descent; his paternal great-grandfather was of German ancestry, and his other roots are English, Scottish and Irish. He has also claimed that he has some undetermined Aboriginal Canadian ancestry. Through Jeremy, Bieber has two younger half-siblings, Jazmyn (born 2009) and Jaxon (born 2010).Pattie worked a series of low-paying office jobs, raising Bieber as a single mother in low-income housing. Bieber has maintained contact with his father.
Bieber attended a French-language immersion elementary school in Stratford, the Jeanne Sauvé Catholic School. Growing up, he learned to play the piano, drums, guitar, and trumpet. He graduated from high school in Stratford, Ontario, the St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in 2012 with a 4.0 GPA.
In early 2007, aged 12, Bieber sang Ne-Yo’s “So Sick” for a local singing competition in Stratford and was placed second. Mallette posted a video of the performance on YouTube for their family and friends to see. She continued to upload videos of Bieber singing covers of various R&B songs, and Bieber’s popularity on the site grew.
Justin Beiber Career
2008–2010: Career beginnings and My World
While searching for videos of a different singer, Scooter Braun, who happens to be a former marketing executive of So So Def Recordings, clicked on one of Bieber’s 2007 videos by accident. Impressed, Braun tracked down the theatre Bieber was performing in, located Bieber’s school, and finally contacted Mallette, who was reluctant because of Braun’s Judaism.
She remembered praying, “God, I gave him to you. You could send me a Christian man, a Christian label!”, and, “God, you don’t want this Jewish kid to be Justin’s man, do you?” However, church elders convinced her to let Bieber go with Braun. At 13, Bieber went to Atlanta, Georgia, with Braun to record demo tapes.Bieber began singing for Usher one week later.
Bieber was soon signed to Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG), a joint venture between Braun and Usher. Justin Timberlake was also reportedly in the running to sign Bieber but lost the bidding war to Usher. Usher then sought assistance in finding a label home for the artist from then manager Chris Hicks, who helped engineer an audition with his contact L.A. Reid of The Island Def Jam Music Group.
Reid signed Bieber to Island Records in October 2008 (resulting in a joint venture between RBMG and Island Records) and appointed Hicks as executive Vice-President of Def Jam, where he could manage Bieber’s career at the label. Bieber then moved to Atlanta with his mother to pursue further work with Braun and Usher. Braun became Bieber’s manager in 2008.
Bieber’s first single, “One Time”, was released to radio while Bieber was still recording his debut album. The song reached number 12 on the Canadian Hot 100 during its first week of release in July 2009 and later peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. During fall 2009, it had success in international markets.
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The song was certified Platinum in Canada and the US and Gold in Australia and New Zealand. His first release, an extended play entitled My World, was released on November 17, 2009. The album’s second single, “One Less Lonely Girl”, and two promo singles, “Love Me” and “Favorite Girl”, were released exclusively on the iTunes Store and charted within the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.
“One Less Lonely Girl” was later also released to radio and peaked within the top 20 in Canada and the US, and was certified Gold in the latter. My World was eventually certified Platinum in the US and double Platinum in both Canada and the United Kingdom.
To promote the album, Bieber performed on several live shows such as mtvU’s VMA 09 Tour, European program The Dome, YTV’s The Next Star, The Today Show, The Wendy Williams Show, Lopez Tonight, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, It’s On with Alexa Chung, Good Morning America, Chelsea Lately, and BET’s 106 & Park. Bieber also guest starred in an episode of True Jackson, VP in late 2009.
Bieber performed Ron Miller and Bryan Wells’s “Someday at Christmas” for US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House for Christmas in Washington, which aired on December 20, 2009, on US television broadcaster TNT. Bieber was also one of the performers for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, on December 31, 2009.
Bieber was a presenter at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 31, 2010. He was invited to be a vocalist for the remake of “We Are the World” (a song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie) for its 25th anniversary to benefit Haiti after the earthquake. Bieber sings the opening line, which was sung by Lionel Richie in the original version.
A version of K’naan’s “Wavin’ Flag”, recorded by a collective of Canadian musicians known as Young Artists for Haiti, was released On March 12, 2010. Bieber is featured in the song, performing the closing lines.
2010–2011: My World 2.0 and Never Say Never
“Baby”, was released from his debut album, My World 2.0 in January 2010 . The song featured Ludacris, and became an international hit. It charted at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaked at number three on the Canadian Hot 100 and reached the top ten in several international markets. Two promo singles “Never Let You Go”, and “U Smile” were top thirty hits on the US Hot 100, and top twenty hits in Canada.
According to review aggregator Metacritic, the album has received generally favourable reviews. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, making Bieber the youngest solo male act to top the chart since Stevie Wonder in 1963. My World 2.0 also debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, Irish Albums Chart, Australian Albums Chart, and the New Zealand Albums Chart and reached the top ten of fifteen other countries.
To promote the album, Bieber appeared on several live programs including The View, the 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards, Nightline, Late Show with David Letterman, The Dome and 106 & Park. Sean Kingston appeared on the album’s next single, “Eenie Meenie”. The song reached the top ten in the United Kingdom and Australia, and the top-twenty of most other markets. On April 10, 2010, Bieber was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
On July 4, 2010, Bieber performed at the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York City. The following single from My World 2.0, “Somebody to Love”, was released in April 2010, and a remix was released featuring Bieber’s mentor Usher. On June 23, 2010, Bieber went on his first official headlining tour, the My World Tour, starting in Hartford, Connecticut, to promote My World and My World 2.0. In July 2010, it was reported that Bieber was the most searched for celebrity on the Internet.
That same month his music video for “Baby”, surpassed Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” to become the most viewed, and also the most disliked YouTube video ever. However, Taylor Swift’s Blank Space surpassed its number of views in 2015. In September 2010, it was reported that Bieber accounted for three per cent of all traffic on Twitter, according to an employee of the social-networking site.
In Bieber’s second album, because of puberty, his voice was deeper than it was in his first album. In April 2010, the singer discussing his vocals remarked, “It cracks. Like every teenage boy, I’m dealing with it and I have the best vocal coach in the world. Some of the notes I hit on “Baby” I can’t hit any more. We have to lower the key when I sing live.”Bieber guest-starred in the season premiere of the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which aired on September 23, 2010.
He played a “troubled teen who is faced with a difficult decision regarding his only brother”, who is also a serial bomber. Bieber was also in a subsequent episode which aired on February 17, 2011, in which his character is killed. Bieber performed a medley of “U Smile”, “Baby”, and “Somebody to Love” and briefly played the drums at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010.
Bieber announced in October 2010 that he would be releasing an acoustic album, called My Worlds Acoustic. It was released on November 26, 2010 in the United States and featured acoustic versions of songs from his previous albums, and accompanied the release of a new song titled “Pray”. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
A 3-D part-biopic, part-concert film starring Bieber entitled Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, was released on February 11, 2011, directed by Step Up 3D director Jon Chu. It topped the box office with an estimated gross of $12.4 million on its opening day from 3,105 theatres.
It grossed $30.3 million for the weekend and was narrowly beaten by the romantic comedy Just Go with It, which grossed $31 million. Never Say Never reportedly exceeded industry expectations, nearly matching the $31.1 million grossed by Miley Cyrus’s 2008 3-D concert film, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, which holds the record for the top debut for a music-documentary.
Never Say Never grossed a total of $98,441,954 worldwide. The film is accompanied by his second remix album, Never Say Never – The Remixes, released February 14, 2011, and features remixes of songs from his debut album, with guest appearances from Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown, and Kanye West, among others.
In June 2011, Bieber was ranked No. 2 on the Forbes list of Best-Paid Celebrities under 30. He is the youngest star, and 1 of 7 musicians on the list, having raked in $53 million in a 12-month period. On November 1, 2011, Bieber released the Christmas-themed Under the Mistletoe, his second studio album. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 210,000 copies in its first week of release.
2011–2015: Believe, Journals, and other appearances
Bieber began recording his third studio album, entitled Believe in late 2011. The following week, Bieber appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to announce that the first single would be called “Boyfriend” and would be released on March 26, 2012.The song debuted at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, selling a total of 521,000 digital units, the second-highest-ever debut digital sales week.
Bill Werde of Billboard noted that it failed to debut at number one because the digital download of the track was available only through iTunes Store, “restricting the buying option for those that do not frequent the Apple retail store”. “Boyfriend” became Bieber’s first single ever to reach the top position on the Canadian Hot 100 by debuting at number one and staying on for one week.
Believe, his third studio album, was released on June 19, 2012, by Island Records. The album marks a musical departure from the teen pop sound of his previous releases, and incorporates elements of dance-pop and R&B genres. Intent on developing a more “mature” sound, Bieber collaborated with a wide range of urban producers for the release as well as some long-time collaborators, including Darkchild, Hit-Boy, Diplo, and Max Martin.
Entertainment Weekly praised Bieber’s musical shift, calling the album both a “reinvention and a reintroduction”. Rolling Stone noted the deeper voice and more “intense” beats found on the album, although it lampooned one of his euphemisms for newfound sexual maturity (“If you spread your wings, you can fly away with me”). Believe debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming his fourth number-one album. The album sold 57,000 copies in its first week in Canada, debuting atop the Canadian Albums Chart.
The Believe Tour, which further promoted the album, began in September 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. On December 14, 2012, Bieber appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he announced plans to release an acoustic album titled Believe Acoustic, which was released on January 29, 2013.
Later he returned to Saturday Night Live as the host and musical guest on the February 9, 2013 episode. His appearance was panned by critics and cast members, including Kate McKinnon, who stated that Bieber was not comfortable with his hosting duties, and Bill Hader, who stated that he did not enjoy the presence of Bieber or his entourage. Hader added that in his eight years on the program, Bieber was the only host who lived up to his reputation.
Bieber fainted backstage at London’s O2 Arena after complaining of breathing problems throughout his performance and was taken to hospital on March 7, 2013. Bieber cancelled his second Lisbon, Portugal concert at the Pavilhão Atlântico, which was to be held on March 12, because of low ticket sales. The concert on March 11 went on.
In mid-August 2013, a remixed duet version of Michael Jackson’s previously unreleased song “Slave To The Rhythm”, featuring Justin Bieber leaked online. In response to criticism over this remix, the MJ Estate had not authorized release of this recording, and has since made attempts to remove the song from as many sites and YouTube channels as possible. Later, a song titled “Twerk” by rapper Lil Twist, featuring Bieber as well as Miley Cyrus, also leaked.
On the 3rd of october 2013, Bieber announced that he would release a new song every Monday for 10 weeks as a lead-up to the film Justin Bieber’s Believe, which entered production in May 2012 and was released on December 25, 2013. The film is a follow-up to Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, and Jon M. Chu returned to direct.
The first song of Music Mondays, “Heartbreaker”, was released on October 7. The second song, “All That Matters”, was released on October 14, followed by “Hold Tight” on October 21, “Recovery” on October 28, “Bad Day” on November 4, and “All Bad” on November 11. The seventh song, “PYD” featuring R. Kelly, was released on November 18; it was followed by “Roller Coaster” on November 25, and “Change Me” on December 2.
The final song, “Confident” featuring Chance the Rapper, was released on December 9, 2013. That same day, it was announced that all 10 tracks will be featured on an upcoming collection called Journals. It reportedly featured five additional unreleased songs, a music video for “All That Matters”, and a trailer for Believe.
Journals was only available for purchase via iTunes for a limited time only: from December 23, 2013, to January 9, 2014. The titles of the five new additional songs are: “One Life”, “Backpack” featuring Lil Wayne, “What’s Hatinin” featuring Future, “Swap It Out”, and “Memphis” featuring Big Sean and Diplo. Bieber released a song titled “Home to Mama” featuring Australian singer Cody Simpson in November 2014.
As a result of the disbanding of Universal Music’s division, The Island Def Jam Music Group, in April 2014, Bieber and a number of artists were subsequently transferred to a UMG related division Def Jam Recordings, causing Bieber and the other artists to no longer be signed to Island Records. In February 2015, Bieber released a song “Where Are Ü Now”, with Jack Ü. In March 2015, Bieber made an appearance in the music video for Carly Rae Jepsen’s single “I Really Like You”.
In March 2015 Bieber was the featured roastee in Comedy Central’s annual roast special. Bieber filmed an episode for the Fox TV reality series Knock Knock Live, and aired before the show was cancelled after two episodes.
2015–present: Purpose and collaborations
Bieber released a new single titled “What Do You Mean?” as the lead single from his fourth studio album Purpose on August 28, 2015. The song is a blend of teen pop, electronic dance music and acoustic R&B and became Bieber’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. He became the youngest male artist to debut at the top of that chart, earning him a Guinness World Record. On October 23, 2015, Bieber released the album’s second single titled “Sorry” as an instant download, with the pre-order of the album on iTunes. The song debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. After eight non-consecutive weeks at number two, on the week charting January 23, 2016, “Sorry” climbed to the top spot of the chart and became Bieber’s second number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.
His third single from Purpose, “Love Yourself” also peaked at number one in the US, making Bieber the first male artist in almost a decade to have three number-ones from an album since Justin Timberlake last did it with his album FutureSex/LoveSounds in 2006/2007. “Company” was announced as the fourth single on March 8, 2016. On February 12, 2016, Bieber’s first four albums were released on vinyl for the first time.
Purpose was released on November 13, 2015, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming Bieber’s sixth album to debut at the top of that chart. It was the fourth best-selling album of 2015 with worldwide sales of 3.1 million copies. As of June 2016, it had sold 4.5 million copies globally. On November 11, 2015, Bieber announced he will embark on the Purpose Tour. The tour started in Seattle, Washington on March 9, 2016.
On July 22, 2016, Bieber released a new single with Major Lazer and MØ titled “Cold Water”. It debuted at number two, on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Bieber’s third number-two debut on the chart, passing Mariah Carey’s record to become the artist with the most number-two debuts; he also leads with the most top-two debuts at five. In August 2016, French DJ DJ Snake and Bieber released their collaborative song “Let Me Love You”. He appears in the documentary Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower.
On April 16, 2017, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee released a remix for their song “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber. The song was Justin’s first release in 2017 and the first in which he sings in Spanish. The remix boosted the original song to the Hot 100’s Top 10, being the first mostly Spanish language top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 since Macarena in 1996.
He, along with Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne provided vocals on DJ Khaled’s single “I’m the One”, released on April 28, 2017. The song reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. One week later, Despacito topped the charts in the U.S., making the single the first mostly Spanish-language Hot 100 No. 1 in more than 20 years, becoming his fifth number one single and it made Bieber the first artist ever to notch new No. 1s in back-to-back weeks. On 9 June 2017, French DJ David Guetta’s single “2U”, in which Bieber was featured, was released. The music video to “2U” is Victoria’s Secret models lip synching to the song.
Justin Beiber Personal life
Bieber has described himself as a faithful adherent of Christianity, said he communicates with God via prayer, and that “he’s the reason I’m here”. He reflected his faith in a music video with Brandon Burke, titled “#iPledge”, in which he “talks candidly about his appreciation for the tenet of forgiveness in the Christian faith”.
Regarding sexual abstinence, he told music magazine Rolling Stone, “I don’t think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them.” He added that he does not “believe in abortion”, and that it is “like killing a baby”; when asked about the case of abortion with regard to rape, however, he said, “I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.” His view on sexual orientation is quoted as “everyone’s own decision”, and he has contributed to the It Gets Better Project, a non-profit group aiming to prevent suicide among LGBT youth.
As Bieber resides in the United States, he is reported to possess an O-1 visa for temporary resident status, based on “extraordinary ability or achievement” in a field. Bieber has stated that he is not interested in obtaining US citizenship because of his view on America’s market-oriented health care system. He has praised Canada as being “the best country in the world” citing its government-run health care system as a model example.
Bieber’s father, Jeremy Bieber, is a former carpenter and pro-am mixed martial artist. In March 2014, Rolling Stone characterized Jeremy as having “split with Justin’s mom when Justin was a toddler, and wasn’t always around afterward. But he has, as of late, accepted a place of honor in his superstar son’s entourage”.Bieber dated Selena Gomez from December 2010 to November 2012.
Justin Beiber Albums
- My World 2.0 (2010)
- Under the Mistletoe (2011)
- Believe (2012)
- Purpose (2015)
Justin Beiber Songs
- All Around the World
- All Bad
- All I Want for Christmas Is You
- All That Matters
- As Long as You Love Me
- Bad Day
- Be Alright
- Beauty and a Beat
- Catching Feelings
- Change Me
- Cold Water
- Deja Vu
- Die in Your Arms
- Down to Earth
- Eenie Meenie
- Favorite Girl
- The Feeling
- First Dance
- Hard 2 Face Reality
- Hold Tight
- Home to Mama
- I’ll Show You
- I’m the One
- Just Like Them
- Let Me Love You
- Life Is Worth Living
- Live My Life
- Love Me
- Love Yourself
- Mark My Words
- Never Let You Go
- Never Say Never
- Next to You
- No Pressure
- No Sense
- One Less Lonely Girl
- One Love
- One Time
- Out of Town Girl
- Right Here
- Roller Coaster
- Runaway Love
- She Don’t Like the Lights
- Somebody to Love
- Take You
- That Should Be Me
- Thought of You
- Turn to You
- U Smile
- Wait for a Minute
- What Do You Mean?
- Where Are Ü Now
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