Musical Talents Revealed Early
Justin Drew Bieber was born on March 1, 1994 to Jeremy Bieber and Pattie Mallette. He was raised by his single mother, who encouraged his interest in music from a young age. He taught himself to play a variety of instruments, including the drums, guitar, and piano, and at 12 years old, Bieber took second place in a local singing competition. His mother uploaded the video of his performance to YouTube for friends and family to see, but it quickly earned thousands of unexpected views from fans online.
2007 - Discovered
Bieber’s YouTube videos were eventually discovered by music executive Scooter Braun, who stumbled upon them by accident. He was so impressed with what he heard that he hunted down Bieber's mother for permission to bring the 13 year old to Atlanta to record demos. In Atlanta, Bieber came under the wing of R&B superstar Usher, who helped sign the young Canadian to Island Records.
Before the release of his first full-length studio album, Bieber earned three top-20 singles including "One Time," "One Less Lonely Girl," and "Love Me," which all came from the "My World EP." The debut studio album, “My World 2.0,” hit shelves on March 19, 2010, about two months after the world first heard the smash hit, “Baby.” The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and launched Bieber to international fame. Due to overwhelming demand, his first headlining tour included stops in 27 countries on five continents for over a year and a half.
“Believe" Continues Worldwide Momentum
In between "My World 2.0" and "Believe," Bieber recorded the holiday album, "Under the Mistletoe," which dropped in November 2011. Shortly after, "Believe" was released in summer 2012 and peaked at No. 1 on the charts in 16 countries.
As of May 2013, Bieber Has Sold Over 15 Million Albums Across the Globe
In addition to promoting the album with a second stint of the widely popular Believe Tour, Bieber hosted his first episode of "Saturday Night Live" in February 2013. He also recorded an acoustic version of "Believe," and is planning to release a second 3D tour documentary in theaters.
Scores of fans consumed with the aptly named "Bieber Fever" have helped make the young star already one of the most successful artists in history. In 2012, he ranked third on the Forbes annual list of Most Powerful Celebrities, and made his way onto TIME's 2011 Most Influential People list. With the release of "Believe Acoustic," Bieber also made history as the youngest artist to score five No. 1 albums.
His music has been categorized as "teen pop," due to his youthful fan base, but Bieber has always focused on R&B, even in YouTube cover songs before he was famous. He frequently collaborates with rappers like Ludacris and Nicki Minaj, and has incorporated more hip hop into his work.
Justin Bieber has won seven of his eight nominations for the American Music Awards, and has also won seven Billboard Music Awards since 2011. Bieber has been nominated for eight People's Choice Awards and has won 12 Teen Choice Awards. He was also nominated for two GRAMMY Awards in 2011: Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album.