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Justin Bieber



Justin Bieber is a Canadian singer, born on March 1 1994. He grew up in Stratford, Ontario as an only child. He learned to play piano, drums, guitar and trumpet as a child and, aged 12, entered a local singing contest. At the competition he sung Ne-Yo's 'So Sick' and came second. His mother, Patricia Mallette posted a video of his performance on YouTube. She then continued to upload clips of her son covering R&B songs.

Manage Scooter Braun came across one of his videos online and tracked the singer down. The 13-year-old soon went to Atlanta, Georgia with Braun to record some demo tapes. A week later, after a chance meeting, he began working with Usher, eventually signing to Usher and Braun's Raymond Braun Media Group. Justin Timberlake was also reportedly interested in signing Bieber.

Bieber's debut single 'One Time' was released in July 2009, charting in the Top 20 in Canada and the US. It was taken from his first EP, titled 'My World', which was released on November 17 2009. The record went on to be certified platinum in the US and double platinum in Canada and the UK.

His debut album 'My World 2.0' followed on March 23 2010. It featured the single 'Baby', which broke the record for most "dislikes" on YouTube, with over four million, beating Rebecca Black's 1.3 million on 'Friday'. It charted at Number One on the US Billboard 200 chart and at the top of the charts in six other countries. An acoustic version of both the album and EP, 'My Worlds Acoustic', was released on November 26 2010.

Bieber's first film, the 3D Justin Bieber: Never Say Never was released the following years. It topped the box office in the US, grossing $12.4 million on its opening day. It was accompanied by a remix album, 'Never Say Never – The Remixes'.

The singer began work on his third studio album 'Believe' in 2011, which was eventually released on June 19 2012. It saw Bieber beginning to move away from his teen pop sound of before and incorporating more R&B and dance influences into his music. To help achieve his aim of a more "mature" sound, he collaborated with the likes of Diplo and Darkchild, amongst others.

In October 2013, Bieber announced he would release a new song every week until the release of his second film, Justin Bieber's Believe, on Christmas Day. The songs, which featured collaborations with R Kelly and Chance The Rapper were later collated into one album, 'Journals', which was only available for 17 days via iTunes.

Bieber has had several legal issues over recent years, including facing vandalism, DUI and assault charges.
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