Justin Bieber Biography
If Scooter Braun had not been idly clicking through the videos on You Tube, Teen Heartthrob Justin Bieber might still have been competing in local singing competitions back home in Stratford, Ontario in Canada.
When he came second in a competition in 2006 singing Ne-Yo's "So Sick", his mother Mallette posted a video of him on You Tube for friends and family to see. She continued to upload his videos and it brought him quite a fan base.
Braun saw one of the 2007 videos and was impressed by the 13-year-old singer. By a process of elimination he tracked down Bieber's school and eventually made contact with his mother.
At first she was reluctant to accept his offer to promote her son, but after praying for a Christian Man and taking advice from her Church elders she allowed Braun to fly Bieber to Atlanta to record some demo tapes.
A week after arriving he sang for Rhythm and Blues singer/songwriter Usher, he was signed up by the Raymond Braun Media Group, a joint venture between Braun and Usher and Braun became his manager. Justin Timberlake had also been impressed by the lad and had competed in a bidding war to sign him up.
Bieber was born on March 1st 1994 in London Ontario to an 18-year-old mother and raised by her in Stratford. Bieber still keeps in touch with his father Jeremy but Mallette raised him as a single mum.
He was interested in music from an early age and taught himself piano, drums, guitar and trumpet. He rose to fame very quickly and he has been featured in a number of teen mags including "Tiger Beat".
His popularity has caused a number of Health and Safety issues as thousands of screaming fans turn up at every venue. When he was in London to appear on the "Graham Norton Show", hundreds of girls queued up outside the studio in sub-zero temperatures to catch a glimpse of their hero.
But the teenager's popularity has not gone down well with everyone. He is often criticized for looking and sounding younger than his age and for his effeminate ways. His critics do not like his teen pop music image, the overloaded media attention he is getting and his image as a heartthrob to young teenage girls.
Bieber is a frequent target for Internet bloggers and message board posters. He has been the victim of several Internet pranks, most of them quite cruel and worrying to his family.
He woke up one morning to read on the Internet that he had supposedly taken a car and been killed in a road traffic accident. He had to twitter himself assuring fans he was still very much alive.
Another blog said that he was gay and had contracted syphilis and a third one reported that he had been caught smoking weed.
Bieber keeps very quiet about his private life and maintains that he is still single, but girls are always being linked to him, including Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.
He told reporters that neither of them are his type, saying "Miley is cool, she's nice and Selena is pretty and I think she is cute, but I don't like her."
"I am looking for just nice laid-back funny girls who can make me laugh, or are just funny, down to earth and with a good smile."
In July there were rumours that he was back with his former girlfriend Caitlin Beadles, then in September he was caught kissing 16-year-old actress Jasmine Villegas in the back of a car, but he refused to comment.