Born on March 1, 1994, Justin Bieber started singing since he was 12 and finished the second place when participating in a local singing competition. "The other people in the competition had been taking singing lessons and had vocal coaches. I wasn't taking it too seriously at the time, I would just sing around the house," he recalled.
In an effort to share his victory to family and friends who missed his performances at the competition, he and his mother opened a YouTube account and posted his video performances on the file-sharing website. "I put my singing videos from the competition on YouTube so that my friends and family could watch them," he stated. "But it turned out that other people liked them and they started subscribing to them. That's how my manager found me. He saw me on YouTube and contacted my family and now I'm signed!"
His manager Scooter Braun flew Justin from his hometown Ontario, Canada to Atlanta, Georgia for a meeting with Usher. "I sang for him and his people and he really wanted to sign me then and there but I still had a meeting with Justin Timberlake who also wanted to sign me. It turned out Usher's deal was way better. He had L.A. Reid backing him up and Scooter had a lot of really good connections in Atlanta," he traced back his memory.
In October of 2008, Justin was officially signed to Island Records and began working on his debut album "My World". Powerhouse producers like Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and The-Dream lent their helping hands on the effort. He also got Usher as his collaborator on one of the songs.
"My World" was released across United States on November 17. The album was preceded with four hit singles "One Time", "One Less Lonely Girl", "Love Me" and "Favorite Girl", all of which cracked Top 15 of Canadian Singles chart and reached Top 40 of Billboard Hot 100. This achievement made him the only artist in Billboard history who has four singles from a debut album charting in the Top 40 of the Hot 100 before the album's release.
Justin toured with Taylor Swift as her supporting act on two of her U.K. stops for "Fearless" tour. He also embarked on five headlining concerts in Canada. Moreover, he appeared in several hit U.S. TV shows, naming some were "Good Morning America", "The Ellen DeGeneres Show, "The George Lopez Tonight Show" and "Chelsea Lately Show".
In the following year, Bieber dropped "My World 2.0" which boasted big hits like "Baby", "Eenie Meenie" and "Somebody to Love". Later in 2011, Bieber released the concert documentary "Never Say Never". The movie, which eventually earned more than $73 million at the box office, also had guest appearances by Kanye West, Miley Cyrus and Bieber's musical mentor Usher. That same year, Bieber released a holiday album called "Under the Mistletoe" which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 upon its arrival in November.
Around the same time, he started working on his third album which was eventually revealed to be titled "Believe". Its first single "Boyfriend" was released in early 2012 and became his biggest hit at that time as it reached No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100. Its parent album came out in June that year and was followed by a massive tour as well as another concert film titled "Justin Bieber's Believe".
While enjoying his success as a teen superstar, he began getting involved in a number of troubles. After being sued by a woman claiming he's the father of her baby, Bieber was accused of spitting on his neighbor in addition to threatening him in March 2013. Two months later, members of Bieber's neighborhood in Calabasas, California complained that he's driving too fast in a residential area.
In January 2014, Bieber's home in California was searched after he was accused of egging a neighbor's house. Days later, he was arrested for suspicion of drag racing and driving under the influence. After a breathalyzer test showed that he wasn't sober, he was taken into custody where he stayed until he posted bail, which was set at $2,500.
In addition to his bad behavior, Bieber often made headlines for his on-again, off-again relationship with Selena Gomez. The pair, who broke up in late 2012 after dating for two years, were frequently spotted together, sparking rumors that they rekindled their relationship.
In 2015, Bieber returned to the music scene when he appeared on Jack U a.k.a. Diplo and Skrillex's "Where Are U Now". The song was a hit, reaching the top 10 of Billboard Hot 100. Later in the year, he previewed his fourth album with "What Do You Mean" which went on to be his biggest hit to date, surpassing 2012's "Boyfriend". It debuted at No. 1 on Hot 100, becoming only the 23rd song in the chart's history to do so. It also shattered Spotify's record which was set by One Direction a few weeks earlier.
Bieber's new album, which he's said will feature songs inspired by ex-girlfriend Gomez, will hit the stores on November 13.