We all must have seen this Pop sensation who became a star within few months after releasing covers of various songs on Youtube around 2007. He is the Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber, born on March 1st 1994 in Ontario, Canada. He was discovered by Scooter Braun and signed for Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG record label) run by Usher Raymond and Scooter Braun in 2008. RBMG later merged with Island Records where Scooter Braun became his manager. Bieber moved with his mother to work with Braun and Usher.
Justin Bieber released his first E.P. “My World” in the year 2009. It became a huge hit and was certified Platinum in the U. S. It had 7 songs to debut at number 1 in Billboard hot 100 charts.
He then released his first studio album in 2010, My world 2.0. It debuted at or near number one in several countries and was certified triple platinum in U.S. It was preceded by his most successful single to date, ‘Baby’ which got most views by any Youtube video ever, however that was surpassed by Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank space’ in 2015. On June 23rd, 2010, Bieber went on his first official headlining tour, starting in Hartford, Connecticut to promote My World and My world 2.0.
His albums were selling and he was receiving awards one after the other but as Justin Bieber grew older and older, his name started appearing in news for all the wrong reasons. He had several run-ins with the law before his first arrest in 2014, including when he was accused of reckless driving in his neighborhood in 2012 and charged in Brazil with vandalism in 2013. One of his neighbours accused him of throwing eggs at his home on January 9th 2014 and causing thousands of dollars of damage. On January 23rd 2014 Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, together with singer Khalil on suspicion of driving under the influence(DUI), driving with an over six month expired license and resisting arrest without violence but was later released from these charges on a $2,500 bond and a lack of evidence beyond reasonable doubt as dictated in the United States court of law. On 9th July, Bieber was charged with one misdemeanour count of vandalism in California for throwing eggs at his neighbour’s home in January, with him pleading no contest to the charge, the LA county Superior Court sentenced him on July 9th to pay US$80,900 in restitution, serve two years’ probation, complete 12 weeks of anger management and five days of community service. On September 1st 2014, Bieber was arrested and charged with assault and dangerous driving near his hometown of Stratford, Ontario after a collision between a minivan and his all-terrain vehicle.
In November 2014, he was ordered to appear in Argentina within 60 days by a Buenos Aires court to give testimony on an alleged assault on photographer on November 9th 2013. When he failed to do so, an arrest warrant was issued. One more controversy took place in June 2014 when a video emerged of a 15-year-old Bieber telling a joke about back people. In the same month a second video showed a 14-year-old Bieber giggling as he croons the song ‘One less lonely Girl’ but parodying the main lyric as “one less lonely nigger” though he later apologized saying “Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I’ve dealt with”.
There might not be any justification for such controversies but there is no denying in the talent of this pop star and the way he shakes the world and makes them tap their feet to his songs. He has developed from a teenage cover singer on Youtube to a renowned world famous artist due to his talent, dedication and hard work.