You’ve probably heard his songs on the radio, seen his videos on MTV, witnessed his FunnyorDie.com takeover yesterday or caught him on “American Idol” this past week – yes, I’m talking about the 16-year-old YouTube sensation-turned-pop prodigy himself: Justin Bieber.
From teenyboppers to grown women to poor three-year-old girls, the Canadian teen’s got everyone catching “Bieber Fever,” as some people have dubbed the craze. His debut album My World charted in the Top 40 with hits like “One Time” and “One Less Lonely Girl,” and his most recent single “Baby” on My World 2.0 has become an international hit. He was named last year’s hottest star by teen magazine J-14, Celebuzz.com listed him as one of the Top 10 YouTube stars of the decade and he’s a frequent trending topic on Twitter.
So how did the epidemic start?
Bieber, a self-taught musician, and his mother started posting YouTube videos of Bieber’s performances to show friends and family members who couldn’t attend his shows. A music exec spotted Bieber’s cutesy pop covers, flew him out to Georgia, had him meet with Usher and eventually he got signed to Island Records – all of which led to two albums, a couple of undeniably catchy hit songs, an upcoming summer tour and a huge horde of intense fans.
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