A super precocious, multi-talented and self-taught musician (drums, guitar, piano and trumpet) 15-year-old Justin Bieber was already a phenomenon on YouTube -- putting his impeccable spin on songs from artists like Usher, Ne-Yo and Stevie Wonder -- before the world took notice. Since 2007, Justin racked up over 10,000,000 views purely from word of mouth.
But then he started to bubble up and important folks took notice. Seven months after Justin started posting his videos online; the Canadian teen flew to Atlanta, GA to meet with R&B sensation Usher, who quickly took him under his wing, making him his newest protégé. Shortly thereafter, Justin Bieber also wowed Island Def Jam head Antonio "L.A." Reid and has never looked back.
His first single, "One Time," produced by Chris "Tricky" Stewart is already putting him on the map and his debut album My World is due later this summer. At just a wee 15-years-of-age, Bieber is a virtually untapped well of natural artistic talent, and presumably will be a solid force in music for many years to come.
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Justin Bieber is a Canadian pop/R&B singer. His performances on YouTube were seen by Scooter Braun, who later became his manager. Braun arranged for him to meet with Usher in Atlanta, Georgia, and Bieber soon was signed to a joint venture between Braun and Usher and then with L.A. Reid and Island Def Jam.
His debut single, "One Time", was released worldwide during 2009, and charted within the top thirty in over ten countries. It was followed up by his debut release, My World on November 17, 2009, which was certified platinum in the United States, which at the time gave Bieber the highest debut by a new artist in the year, and made Bieber the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. His first full studio release, My World 2.0 was released on March 23, 2010, debuting at number one and within the top ten of several countries. It was preceded by the international hit song, "Baby".