Sunday, May 15, 2011

Justin Bieber and Rise to Fame

A platinum album in less than two months of release, seven songs from a debut album hitting the top pop 100, awards and nominations, live performances and world tours, this is now the life of a sixteen-year old Canadian pop and r&B singer, Justin Bieber. After his video was discovered in the YouTube by a former marketing executive, Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber's success has taken the music scene by storm.
Bieber was born on March 1, 1994 in Stratford, Ontario. At an early age, he taught himself to play the piano, drums, guitar and trumpet. When he was twelve, he joined in a local singing competition singing Ne Yo's "So Sick". His mother, Pattie Mallete, posted the video of his performance on YouTube and several other videos of him singing various covers of pop and r&b.
The amateur footage caught the Atlanta manager's attention, Scooter Braun, who later became Bieber's manager. Braun then introduced Justin to RnB superstar Usher whom the latter arranged an audition with Antonio L.A. Reid at Island Def Jam Music Group. Reid in turn signed him to Island Records in October 2008.
On July 2009, while still recording his debut album, Bieber's single, "One Time" was released in the radio. After merely a week, the song charted within the top 30 in over ten countries and was a certified Platinum in Canada and the US, and Gold in Australia and New Zealand. Before fall ends, on November 17, 2009, his debut album My World was released. Three consecutive singles from the album, "One Less Lonely Girl", "Love Me", and "Favorite Girl", were released exclusively on the iTunes store with the first debuting on radio, too.
The lead single, "Baby" from the second half of his album, was released in January 2010. The single was his biggest hit so far winning awards namely, International Video of the Year, Ur Fave Video and Ur Fave New Artist. It was then followed by the studio release of My World 2.0 on March 23, 2010.
Justin Bieber also made several appearances in different live shows in the US and Europe. He has performed in some awards night and special gatherings and was invited as one of the vocalists in the remake of "We Are the World".
Bieber will begin recording his next album this summer. Fans all over the globe are already anticipating its first single that will surely dominate the top music charts after its release.

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