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.
"What Do You Mean" was followed by his album's second single "Sorry". Just like the lead single, "Sorry" was a hit among fans and topped Billboard's Hot 100. Its third single, "Love Yourself", also ruled the weekly chart. With that said, Justin became the first male artist in almost a decade to have three No. 1 songs from an album since Justin Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds" in 2006.
Following the success of its three singles, "Purpose" made its way out on November 13, 2015 to both critical and commercial success. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200, marking his sixth No. 1 album and largest sales week as it sold 649,000 units in its first week. The album eventually was announced as the fourth best-selling album of the year with 3.1 million copies sold. In addition to that, it was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 59th Grammy Awards.
Justin continued working on music after "Purpose", teaming up with Major Lazer on "Cold Water" and DJ Snake on "Let Me Love You" in 2016. Both songs performed well on music charts. In the following year, he joined forces with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee for the remix of their song "Despacito", which became a huge hit among people. It was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 60th Grammy Awards in addition to winning several awards at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Another hit that Justin released in 2017 was his collaboration with Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne on DJ Khaled's "I'm the One". Released on April 28, the song debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100. He later released a single titled "Friends" and reunited with Khaled, Chance and Quavo for their July 2018 collaboration "No Brainer".
Besides releasing a collaboration, 2018 saw Justin getting engaged to Hailey Baldwin before the two tied the knot later in November that year. As he enjoyed his newlywed life with Hailey, the singer went on a hiatus from his music career to focus on his mental health. Later on, during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Justin announced that he's working on his fifth studio album, before making a comeback through his Ed Sheeran collaboration "I Don't Care". The song peaked at No.2 on Billboard's Hot 100.
Justin was also featured in the remix of Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy" and teamed up with Dan + Shay for a song entitled "10,000 Hours". Prior to the release of "10,000 Hours", Justin and Hailey had an official wedding ceremony in Bluffon, South Carolina on September 30, 2019.
Welcoming the new year, Justin finally unleashed the lead single of his highly-anticipated album. Titled "Yummy", the song was released on January 3, 2020. Justin also announced that he would premiere a YouTube docuseries and embark on a tour in support of the album. Prior to the release of the docuseries, Justin revealed his battle with Lyme disease.