Background on the boy wonder
Published 08/03/2011 | 05:00
Justin Drew Bieber was born in March 1994 to parents Jeremy Bieber and Pattie Malette in London, Ontario, Canada.
From an early age, he was playing piano, guitar, drums and the trumpet. Discovered on YouTube, the teenager has had a meteoric rise courtesy of R&B singer Usher, who signed him to his label. Since then, he has enjoyed a string of international hits, including 'Baby', 'Never Let You Go', 'U Smile' and 'Somebody to Love'.
He is the first artist to have seven songs from his first studio album, 'My World 2.0', chart on the Billboard Hot 100. In February 2011, he was reported to be worth more than €71.5m.
Bieber's rags to riches story is told in the documentary, 'Never Say Never', which took a staggering €14.3m in its opening week at the US box office.