Justin Bieber

Justin BieberDean Chalkley/NME

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.

In November of 2014, seven months after being moved to a new label, Bieber released a collaborative single with Australian singer Cody Simpson titled ‘Home to Mama’. 4 months later in February 2015, Bieber collaborated with DJ duo Jack Ü which consists of Skrillex and Diplo for a single entitled ‘Where Are Ü Now’.

A month later, Bieber made an appearance in the video for ‘I Really Like You’ by Carly Rae Jepsen. August 28 2015 saw the release of a new single entitled ‘What Do You Mean?’ and this served as the lead single from his fourth album ‘Purpose’ which was released in November of 2015. We awarded ‘Purpose’ three out of five, calling it ” a start at reinvention”.  The single also became Bieber’s first ever number one on the Billboard 100 chart, marking him as the youngest male artist to debut at the top of the chart, earning him a Guinness World Record in the process. The ‘Purpose’ tour was announced two days before the album was released and it started in Seattle, Washington on March 9 2016.

In the summer of 2016, Bieber collaborated with Diplo once again, making a guest vocal appearance with the DJ’s Major Lazer outfit, on their track ‘Cold Water, alongside Scandinavian singer . Bieber then kicked off the UK leg of his Purpose tour in October, returning for more dates in London in November. However, the European leg of the tour was thrown into scandal after Bieber punched a fan after a gig in Barcelona, when the fan leaned into the car which was carrying the singer. In late  2016 it was reported that Bieber was hosting Bible studies classes backstage at his shows. Early in 2017, the singer announced that he was “working on something special”.