Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber (March 1, 1994 - ) embodies the expression "meteoric rise to fame" as well as "Internet sensation" considering that he went from a 12-year old aspiring singer living in relative obscurity in Southern Ontario to a worldwide pop music superstar in two short years and by 17 ranked #2 on Forbes 2011 list of Best-Paid Celebrities Under 30. Bieber hauled in $53 million that year. Justin grew up in a broken home, raised by his single mother, Pattie Mallette, but seemed to thrive in school as well as musically, learning to play the piano, guitar, drums and even the trumpet. As a 12-year old, Justin entered a singing contest covering the likes of Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. He placed second and his proud mother posted his performance on YouTube for family members to view from wherever they hailed. Pattie would continue to post videos of her young son singing on YouTube and his popularity increased not only in Canada, but also in the United States. In 2007, Scooter Braun, executive for So So Def Recordings accidentally clicked on Bieber’s video and tracked down the young artist. Bieber and Mallette were flown to Atlanta where they ultimately signed with Braun and multiplatinum R&B artist Usher and Island Records. Bieber moved to Atlanta and began recording right away, releasing his first single "One Time" while still working on his first album. "One Time" peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went platinum in both the US and Canada. His first LP, My World 2.0 went triple-platinum, selling more than three million copies and made Justin a worldwide star. Bieber was soon the biggest draw for television talk shows as he appeared in The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, Chelsea Lately and Mtv’s multitude of shows among many others. He sang Stevie Wonder’s "Someday at Christmas" for the White House’s television special Christmas in Washington in 2009 and then appeared Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

Bieber, now one of the premier pop star, began a high-profile relationship with former Disney star and singer Selena Gomez. Their every move played out in the tabloids, putting an obvious strain on the two teens. In 2011, troubles came for Justin when a woman claimed that he fathered her child, though DNA tests proved the suit was fraudulent. That same year, Bieber released Under the Mistletoe, his take on some of the classic Christmas tunes. In 2012, as he was working on his second LP, Justin released "Boyfriend" which topped the Canadian pop chart and peaked at #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Believe, his second album released in 2012, stormed to #1 on the US charts and topped the charts in Canada and the United Kingdom as well as numerous other charts across the world. But, with his relationship crumbling and his constant pressure of the spotlight, Bieber acted out with bad behavior, as a teen might, and was chastised for spitting in a neighbor’s face, egging another’s home, public urination and drag racing and driving under the influence. Though his favor only slightly waned with his true fans, "Beliebers", Justin Bieber’s public image took a beating. The avenue that created the pop sensation nearly derailed his career, as everything he did was front-page news with the advent of camera phones and paparazzi. In 2015, he returned to the studio and released Purpose, his third studio album that was once again well received as it hit #1 on the charts across the globe. "What Do You Mean?" became Bieber’s first #1 single, going double platinum.

Justin Bieber’s Top Ten singles include "Baby" featuring Ludacris (2010), "Never Say Never" (2010), #2 "Boyfriend" (2012), "Beaty and the Beat" featuring Nicki Minaj (2012), "Where Are Ü Now" with Jack Ü (2015), "Sorry" (2015) and "Love Yourself" (2015) among others. He has released four studio albums, four compilation albums, one EP and 45 singles. Just as many before him were enticed by Hollywood, Justin could also be seen on the hit show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2010, 2011). In 2011, he was also featured in the biopic Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, following the young artists at his concert at the famed Madison Square Garden in 2011. The film grossed more than $98 million. He has made numerous television appearances on Saturday Night Live (2011, 2013), Khloé & Lamar (2011), Punk’d (2012) and in 2015, he was the roastee for Comedy Central’s celebrity roast special where he made a heartfelt apology for his past misdeeds after being skewered for more than an hour by the likes of Jeff Ross, Martha Stewart, Ludacris, Shaquille O’Neal and Will Ferrell, among others.