Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Ryan Neal
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
Baby, What Do You Mean? Despacito
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Singer and Songwriter
Baby, What Do You Mean? Despacito
“I want my world to be fun. No parents, no rules, no nothing.” Often ranked as one of the top ten most powerful celebrities in the world, Justin Bieber is a name many music fans recognize. He launched his career on YouTube and was discovered by talent manager Scooter Braun in 2008. Shortly after, he signed on with RBMG and made his musical debut with his EP, My World, in 2009. With seven of his singles charting on the Billboard Hot 100, the sky was the limit for the young singer who went on to release his first full-length album, My World 2.0., in 2010.
With millions of fans singing along to Bieber’s biggest hit single, “Baby,” the Canadian singer skyrocketed to fame as he released his 3D biopic-concert film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never followed by his second studio album, Under the Mistletoe (2011). Adding in Believe (2012) and Purpose (2015), the 24-year-old Bieber is now a staple in the music industry known for songs like “Let Me Love You,” “Sorry,” “I’m the One” and “Despacito (Remix).” In 2016, his fame reached new heights when he became the first artist to surpass 10 billion video views on Vevo. That’s why it’s safe to say that “Bieber Fever” is very much alive and well today!
“Music was never something that I was going to do for a living. At 13 you’re not even thinking of that, you know. I was just playing for fun and uploading videos to YouTube because I wanted to show my family.” Justin Drew Bieber came into this world on March 1, 1994, in London, Ontario, Canada as the son to a teenage girl named Pattie Mallette and her boyfriend, Jeremy Jack Bieber. With his father leaving town before he was born, Bieber was raised by his mother and maternal grandparents in Stratford, Ontario where his mother lived in low-income housing and supported the family with a string of low-paying office jobs. “I grew up below the poverty line; I didn’t have as much as other people did,” Bieber later said. “I think it made me stronger as a person and it built my character.”
Bieber attended the Jeanne Sauvé Catholic School in Stratford and spent the rest of his time focused on music. He learned how to play the trumpet, piano, drums, and guitar, which he often played in the streets. “I grew up in a really rural town, Stratford, Ontario, with 30,000 people,” Bieber said. “There’s a big festival thrown in the town. A lot of people travel from all over the world to see it, and growing up, I actually used to busk on the street. I’d play my guitar, sing, and people would throw money in the case. That was really fun, and I actually got enough money to bring my mom to Florida to go to Disney World because I always wanted to go but we never had enough money. Growing up, I also played a lot of sports. I played hockey and basketball and soccer.”
In 2007, Bieber signed up for a local singing competition. He performed Ne-Yo’s “So Sick” and finished in second place. His mom posted his performance on YouTube for his family and friends to see, which soon became a habit as she continued to upload her son singing covers. Before long, Bieber’s YouTube account attracted a large following that, in turn, attracted talent manager and entrepreneur Scooter Braun who was perusing YouTube looking for new talent. He was instantly impressed with Bieber’s vocals and reached out to his mother with the hopes of signing the youngster as his newest act.
“He kind of stalked me basically. He got in touch with a lot of people in Stratford because he couldn’t get in touch with me,” Bieber said of Braun reaching out. “My mom’s last name is Mallette, and my last name is Bieber, so he contacted my great aunt who I’d never met before. He contacted the school board. My mom was getting all these messages saying, ‘This guy named Scooter is trying to get in touch with you.’ After a while, it got kind of creepy to my mom, so she finally gave him a call to tell him to stop calling. She ended up talking to him for about two hours. They kept in touch, and we eventually made a trip out to Atlanta to see what he’s talking about and to see what kind of connections he could get.”
Although his mother was hesitant at first, she eventually agreed to travel to Atlanta where Bieber recorded several demos for Braun. Within a week of the trip, Bieber booked his first gig singing with well-known R&B artist Usher. He then signed on with Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG), which was a joint label between Braun and Usher. Usher then reached out to L.A. Reid of The Island Def Jam Music Group who helped the youngster land a recording contract with Island Records. The negotiations happened so fast that Bieber and his mother hurriedly left Canada and settled down in Atlanta where they appointed Braun as Bieber’s manager.Making It Big: Building a Bieber Legacy
“I know who I am and what I’m doing in my life and what I’ve accomplished and continue to accomplish as a performer, as a writer, as an artist, as a person, as a human being.” Bieber didn’t waste any time getting into the recording studio and released his first single, “One Time,” before the album was even finished. The single reached the twelfth spot on the Canadian Hot 100 chart and peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. He released My World as an extended play record in late 2017 and enjoyed similar success thanks to singles like “Love Me,” “One Less Lonely Girl,” and “Favorite Girl.”
Bieber made the rounds on television to promote the album and honed his interview skills on The Today Show, Lopez Tonight, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, and Chelsea Lately. He performed “Someday at Christmas” for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House for Christmas In Washington (2009) and even joined the legendary Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (2009). By 2010, Bieber was a household name in the music industry and received a huge honor when he was invited to sing the remake of Michael Jackson’s and Lionel Richie’s “We are the World.” “I listened to a lot of Michael Jackson growing up,” Bieber said of his idol. “I just always looked up to Michael because he was never afraid to just be himself, never tried to be anything that he wasn't.”
In early 2010, Bieber released his next hit single, “Baby,” which became an international hit and charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number five. He followed up with “Never Let You Go” and “U Smile” before releasing his debut album My World 2.0, which was certified platinum after generating one million sales. The album sealed Bieber’s fate in the music industry as he became an international icon with millions of teenage girls overcome with “Bieber Fever.” Bieber, of course, cashed in on his fame and promoted the album on a variety of daytime and late-night talk shows before he embarked on his first official headlining tour, the My World Tour, in June 2010.
Over the next year, Bieber matured even more in the spotlight and showcased his deeper, mature voice on his second album, Under the Mistletoe (2011). “It cracks. Like every teenage boy, I’m dealing with it and I have the best vocal coach in the world,” Bieber said of his changing voice. Despite his maturing voice, Bieber refused to slow down and made an appearance in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation before debuting his first 3-D biopic-concert film, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. The film topped the box office and grossed over $98 million worldwide as it accompanied Bieber’s second remix album, Never Say Never—The Remixes. With the film’s impressive success, it came as little surprise that Bieber was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine.
In 2012, Bieber released his next single, “Boyfriend,” which debuted in the second spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. He followed up with “As Long As You Love Me” and “All Around the World” before releasing his third studio album, Believe, in the summer of 2012. The album was another huge success for the young artist as it signaled a departure from his teen pop sound to a more mature R&B, dance-pop genre. This prompted Bieber’s next tour, The Believe Tour, in September 2012 as well as another round of appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Saturday Night Live to promote the album.
Bieber launched a huge promotion in 2013 and released a new song every week for 10 weeks prior to his film, Justin Bieber’s Believe. Some of the hits released included “Heartbreaker,” “Recovery,” “All Bad,” “Change Me,” and “Confident,” all of which added to the film’s international success. Over the next year and after a brief label change, Bieber returned to the stage stronger than ever in 2015 and took home a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for his collaboration with Jack Ü on “Where Are Ü Now.” Months later, he was featured in Comedy Central’s roast special and set out to work on his next album, Purpose.
Purpose was released in November 2015 and debuted in the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. To promote the album, Bieber launched the Purpose Tour, which started in March 2016 before the artist canceled the end of the tour in July 2017 due to unforeseen circumstances. Bieber made up for disappointing his fans by returning to the studio and released “Despacito” in collaboration with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. He then lent his vocals alongside Lil Wayne on DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One” and released his next single, “Friends,” in August 2017. As of 2018, Bieber returned to the studio with DJ Khaled to release “No Brainer.”Life Behind the Scenes
“Sometimes it’s overwhelming, but I love my fans and it’s always great to see them.” Bieber’s overnight fame has taken its toll on the now 24-year-old singer whose entire life—from who he’s dating to his run-ins with the law—is in the spotlight. Bieber saw that firsthand in 2010 when his celebrity status blossomed after the media reported he was dating singer Selena Gomez. The couple was together for two years before they split in November 2012. Rekindling their romance a few weeks later, the on-again, off-again cycle continued until March 2018 when the duo broke up for good.
Following his romance with Gomez, Bieber met television personality and model Hailey Baldwin. The couple briefly dated in 2015 and rekindled their romance in May 2018. They announced their engagement in July 2018 and tied the knot in a private civil marriage ceremony in September 2018. Bieber confirmed his nuptials on November 23, 2018.
Apart from his personal relationships, Bieber is no stranger to controversy or the court system and has had several run-ins with the law from vandalism and resisting arrest to having his pet circus monkey confiscated in Germany. Yes, Bieber once had a pet monkey! Although he had several run-ins with the law around the world before, Bieber’s first arrest came in 2014 when he was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and driving with an expired license. Following the charge, he was then charged with vandalism in California after he threw eggs at his neighbor’s home. He added another DUI and reckless driving charge to the list and, in 2017, was banned from ever performing in China to ensure the controversial singer would never taint the country’s “pure performance environment.”
Despite the negative publicity, Bieber’s controversial behavior is part of what keeps millions of fans—affectionately known as Beliebers—tuning in to see his next move or buy his next album. “When people see a negative thing about me on a magazine, they’re gonna buy it. Every time some site writes something bad, all my followers go on there and it brings them more traffic.” Regardless, bad publicity or not, Bieber is doing something right with over 140 million album sales in the last decade! And to think… he’s only 24 years old!