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Monday, 27 August 2012

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber was born on March 1, 1994, in London, Ontario, at St Joseph's Hospital. Kurt Cobain shot himself exactly one month after Justin entered this world.

Justin is the son of Jeremy Jack Bieber and Patricia "Pattie" Mallette, who were both 18 when he was born.  His parents never got married and Pattie raised her son with the help of her mother Diane, and stepfather, Bruce. Justin paid tribute to his mom with his song "Turn to You (Mother's Day Dedication," which he explained is about, "the struggles she went through and how brave she was and I think the world needs to know that."

Justin Bieber was discovered by by chance. When he was 12 his mother uploaded a video to YouTube of him singing in a talent contest. It was intended just for his family, but music executive Scooter Braun clicked on one of his videos on YouTube. He was checking out another artist who was singing Aretha Franklin's Respect, and Bieber came up with a related video singing the same song. Braun clicked on it thinking it was the same artist, and realized that the 20-year-old he thought he was watching was a 12 year old.

His autobiography Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever was published when Justin was just 16. 

Bieber in 2010, By Daniel Ogren, CC BY 2.0, Wikipedia Commons

Justin Bieber fans call themselves "The Beliebers". They were named the greatest superfan community of the past 20 years by Rolling Stone Magazine.

To celebrate Justin Bieber’s 18th birthday, his fans set the Guinness World Record for most social-media messages sent over a 24-hour period with 300,000 tweets; at one point, Beliebers accounted for 3 percent of all activity on Twitter.

His first three tattoos are all reminders of his Christian faith. Bieber has a sizeable portrait of Jesus on his left calf, the Hebrew word for Jesus on his rib cage, and a dove on his stomach.

Justin Bieber biggest scandal to date is when 20-year-old Mariah Yeater falsely claimed that he impregnated her backstage at a concert when he was just 16. He wrote a song "Maria" about the incident.   

Bieber presented Ellen DeGeneres with one of his hairs after the talk show host said that all she wanted for her 53rd birthday was a bit of his trademark fringe, Justin presented her with her wish with the agreement that she sold it for charity. The luscious lock sold on eBay for $40,668, all of which was donated to the animal charity Gentle Barn Foundation.

Bieber has his initials, “J.B.,” spelled out in crystal studs on the dashboard of his Range Rover.

When Justin met with President Obama in the White House during Christmas 2011, he greeted him with, “What up, my dude!” instead of the standard “Pleasure to meet you, Mr. President.” Obama returned the love by replying, “What up, Biebs!”

Justin is the first singer to have seven singles from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

His visual for "Baby" became the most-watched video ever on YouTube in mid July 2010, overtaking Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" clip.

When Believe Acoustic debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, Justin was still only 18. In doing so he became the youngest artist to top the album chart five times.

Bieber performing in October 2012. By Joe Bielawa. Uploaded by MyCanon - Wikipedia Commons

Justin overtook Lady Gaga in January 2013 as having the most popular celebrity Twitter account with over 33 million followers.

After 47 visits  to the Hot 100, Justin Bieber topped the tally for the first time on September 17, 2015 with "What Do You Mean?"

21-year-old Justin Bieber became the youngest male artist to debut at the top on the Billboard Hot 100 when "What Do You Mean?" bowed at #1 on the chart.

Justin Bieber's 2015 Purpose album set new worldwide and US records for the most streams for an album in its first week of release, with 205 million global streams and 77 million US streams. 

In the week that Purpose was released, Justin posted 17 songs on the Hot 100, the most that any artist has placed on the chart in a single week. The Canadian star's tally on the December 5, 2015 Hot 100, beat the 14 each that the Beatles managed on April 11, 1964 and Drake earned on the March 7 and October 17, 2015 tallies. 

Justin Bieber occupied the number 1, 2 and 3 spots on the UK singles chart dated January 10, 2016 with his songs - a feat never accomplished before. "Love Yourself" was at pole position, "Sorry" was one position below and "What Do You Mean?" was at #3.

Justin Bieber had eight different entries in the Guinness World Records 2017 Edition. They were for:
Most streamed track on Spotify in one week with 'What Do You Mean?'
Most streamed album on Spotify in one week with Purpose
Most simultaneous tracks on the US singles chart (the 17 he posted on the December 5, 2015 Hot 100)
The most simultaneous new entries on the US singles chart (13 songs).
The first act to occupy all top three positions simultaneously on the UK singles chart.
The most YouTube subscribers of any male
The most viewed music channel on YouTube.

The most Twitter followers of any guy on the planet.

Justin Bieber has more followers on Twitter than Canada has people.

He can complete the Rubik's Cube in under two minutes.

According to the US Census Bureau, there are 8 people named Justin Bieber.

Sources Entertainment Weekly, Artistfacts

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