Biebs gone wild

The rapid rise of our other fa­mous Justin

Metro Canada (Halifax) - - MOVIES - Sean Plum­mer

Canada has two fa­mous Justins th­ese days, and one of them has been keep­ing a low pro­file lately. But to say that Justin Bieber has been more than a lit­tle over­ex­posed th­ese last few years would be an un­der­state­ment.

The Cana­dian pop star has been a non-stop cul­tural pres­ence since the 2010 re­lease of his sin­gle “Baby,” on con­cert stages, on al­bum and sin­gle charts, and in gos­sip pages.

The Strat­ford, On­tario-born Bieber be­came the first artist with five #1 al­bums to his name be­fore his 19th birth­day, just one of a long list of ac­com­plish­ments for the now 23-year-old.

He was also the first artist to reach a bil­lion views on VEVO, per­haps an even more im­por­tant met­ric for artists in the age of so­cial me­dia. In fact it was so­cial me­dia that in­tro­duced the world to Bieber, with Usher man­ager Scooter Braun de­cid­ing to pur­sue him as a client in 2007 af­ter view­ing his cover videos on Youtube when Bieber was still a pre-teen.

Since then, the Biebs has sold some 140 mil­lion records and has filled sta­di­ums world­wide.

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Cana­dian pop star Justin Bieber has been in the spot­light since the re­lease of his sin­gle “Baby” in 2010.

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