Who Is Justin Bieber?

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Justin Bieber is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Born in 1994 in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, to a single mother, Bieber took second place in a local talent competition at a young age. After his mother posted YouTube clips of her boy performing, Bieber went from an unknown, untrained singer to a budding superstar with a big-time record deal with Usher within two years. Bieber went on to become the first solo artist to have four singles enter the Top 40 before the release of a debut album. His 2009 album, My World, went platinum in several countries. He later experienced significant media exposure from offensive activity. Nonetheless, the singer made his comeback in 2015 with his first number one song, “What Do You Mean?” His 2017 collaboration with Luis Fonsi, “Despacito,” broke the all-time record for most consecutive weeks at the number one spot on the Top 100. Bieber broke another record in early 2020 when the success of Changes made him the youngest artist to have seven albums reach the top spot on the Billboard Hot 200.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin

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After Bieber and model Hailey Baldwin were frequently spotted together during the summer of 2018, TMZ reported that the two had gotten engaged during a dinner in the Bahamas on July 7. The lovebirds had previously dated before splitting in 2016, even enduring a “long period of time when we weren’t friends,” according to Bieber, before rekindling their friendship and then their romance.

Bieber and Baldwin reportedly obtained a marriage license at a New York City courthouse on September 13, 2018, just two months after getting engaged. According to TMZ, Bieber was overheard saying, “I can’t wait to marry you, baby.” Later that year he confirmed he was a married man.

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez

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Teen idol Justin Bieber broke the hearts of many of his young female fans in 2010 when he started dating television actress and singer Selena Gomez. It wasn’t easy for Gomez to be Bieber’s girlfriend, as she was accosted by some of his devoted followers. There were even death threats posted against her on Twitter after the pair was photographed kissing while on a 2011 vacation. The couple ended their relationship in November 2012, though they remained in touch on and off. In November 2017, Bieber and Gomez were spotted together publicly several times, stoking rumors that they had gotten back together.

Justin Bieber’s Albums

“One Time”
Bieber’s first single, “One Time,” went certified platinum in his native Canada shortly after its release in May 2009.

“Baby”
Bieber broke into the Billboard Top 10 in early 2010 with “Baby,” which also featured rapper Ludacris.

“All I Want for Christmas Is”
In 2011, Bieber released an album featuring his own take on such holiday classics as “All I Want For Christmas Is,” his duet with Mariah Carey.

“Boyfriend”
Bieber had another hit single in April 2012 with “Boyfriend,” which appeared on his 2012 album Believe.

“Beauty and a Beat”
In October 2012, amid controversy over his offensive behavior, Bieber released another Top 10 hit with this party anthem featuring Nicki Minaj.

“Where Are Ü Now”
Bieber nailed a summer Top 10 hit with the Diplo and Skrillex collaboration “Where Are Ü Now” in 2015, helmed by R&B songwriter Poo Bear. In 2016, Bieber landed his first Grammy, winning for “Where Are Ü Now” in the category of Best Dance Recording.

“What Do You Mean?”
In October 2015, Bieber landed his first No. 1 single with “What Do You Mean?,” also produced with Poo Bear.

“Despacito”
In January 2017, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi released the hit “Despacito” on YouTube; the video soon became the most-watched video of all time on YouTube. A few months later, after hearing the song in a nightclub in Colombia, Justin Bieber asked Fonsi to collaborate on a remix. Their song went on to hit the number one spot on the Hot 100; after 16 consecutive weeks in the top spot, it broke the all-time record as the longest-standing chart-topping song in August 2017.

“I Don’t Care”
Thanks in part to a surreal video, Bieber enjoyed more success with this spring 2019 collaboration with Ed Sheeran, a breezy track which went to No. 1 in several countries and topped out at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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