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From YouTube to Hollywood: Justin Bieber’s Journey to Stardom

Written on February 13, 2011 by B Waldorf

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Before he became "Somebody to Love," he made "U Smile" in his YouTube videos. Discover how the "Bieber fever" came about.

The ability of young celebrity heartthrob to capture the hearts of teens worldwide is a major proof that he has a place in Hollywood limelight. It was an overnight success for the young lad who hails all the way from Ontario.

But how Bieber did it? Join AllWeLike as we discover his life before the world of screaming fans, sold out albums and jump-packed concerts.

From YouTube to Hollywood

Justin Drew Bieber was born in Stratfordm, Ontario on March 1, 1994 to Pattie Mallette and Jeremy Jack Bieber.  Justin didn’t consider singing until he was 12; after winning second-place on a talent show in 2007.

“I entered a local singing competition called Stratford Idol,” he says. “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. I was only 12 and I got second place.”

Soon after that, he started posting videos on YouTube for fun. His covers include songs from Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo and a star that was to have a major influence on his career, R&B singer/songwriter , which gave full attention to his videos. Soon, he was hitting 10 million views.

The YouTube star caught the attention of former So So Def marketing executive Scooter Braun, who immediately asked the then 13-year-old Bieber to Atlanta to meet with colleagues at the Raymond Braun Media Group.

Bieber says, “I put my singing videos from the competition on YouTube so my friends and family could watch them. 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!”

The sudden stardom came as a surprise for everyone. A mere accident seven months after Bieber started putting up videos in the web, Braun mistakenly clicked on his video while looking up on another artist’s song.

“Right when we flew into Atlanta, Scooter drove us to the studio and Usher was there in the parking lot,” recalls Bieber. “I went up to him and was like, ‘Hey, Usher, I love your songs, do you want me to sing you one?’ He was like, ‘No, little buddy, just come inside, it’s cold out’.”

Usher believed in the potential of the young Bieber.

“A week later Usher flew me back to Atlanta,” says the star. “I sang for him and his people and he really wanted to sign me then and there, but I still had a meeting with , who also wanted to sign me. It turned out Usher’s deal was way better.”

Usher then arranged an audition with Antonio ‘LA’ Reid, of Island Def Jam Music Group, and he was impressed. Bieber was signed to Island Records in October 2008.

From the on, Justin Bieber slowly increased his fan base and became a phenomenal hit. He already released five albums, eight hit singles and received numerous awards.


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