We’ve noticed a very popular people search being conducted for celebrity Justin Bieber on kgbpeople.com. The fascination with Bieber has been immense in the past few weeks and so we decided to feature him on our first blog post to see just what makes him such a huge teen icon.
Adored by millions of screaming teenage girls, for those who aren’t familiar with who Justin Bieber is (have you been living under a rock?), it might pay to take a quick look at where he comes from and his meteoric rise to fame.
So here’s the boring stuff…
Justin Drew Bieber born March 1, 1994 is a Canadian pop/R&B singer.
Until very recently, Justin was a just regular boy who played hockey and soccer in Stratford, Ontario (population just 30,000) who taught himself piano, guitar and trumpet & took drum lessons.
He lived in low-income housing with Ms. Pattie Mallette, who as a teenager herself, had dreamed of becoming an actress, plans she later abandoned when she discovered being pregnant at 18.
Raising Justin alone, Pattie Mallette is said to have worked in low-paying office jobs to make ends meet as a single mother. Justin still however, keeps in touch with his father, Jeremy Bieber.
Known as a scrappy athlete and chess player, Justin kept his musical passions to himself and at 12 entered a local talent contest, coming second.
For family and friends who missed the competition, he uploaded videos on YouTube.
So how was Bieber discovered?
Bieber was first discovered in 2008 by Atlanta-based hip-hop manager named Scooter Braun, who happened to come across his videos on YouTube and later became his manager.
Apparently, while searching for videos of a different singer, Scooter Braun, a former marketing executive of So So Def, clicked on one of Bieber’s 2007 videos by accident. Impressed, Braun tracked down the theater Bieber was performing in, located Bieber’s school, and finally contacted Pattie Mallette. She allowed Braun to fly Bieber, then 13, to Atlanta, Georgia, to record demo tapes.
His debut single, “One Time”, was released worldwide during 2009, and achieved a top 30 status in over ten countries. This was followed by his debut release, My World, on November 17, 2009, which went platinum in the US, making him the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Baby” a worldwide top-ten single, was released in January 2010 and followed by his first full studio release, My World 2.0, on March 23, 2010 which debuted at number one and within the top ten of several countries and certified platinum in the US.
A week after arriving, Bieber sang for R&B singer/songwriter Usher. Bieber was soon signed to Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG), a joint venture between Braun and Usher.
Justin Timberlake was also reportedly in the running to sign Bieber, but lost the bidding war to Usher.
Now the PR machine behind Justin the brand is well-oiled. He is tutored privately, takes vocal lessons, the costs underwritten by Island Def Jam records and the R & B superstar Usher. His new family includes Ryan Good, a former assistant to Usher, whom the singer is reputed to have handpicked to be Justin’s road manager and “swagger coach” to sharpen his moves, attitude and wardrobe.
Here are a few of his recent memorable quotes:
“The harder you work, the more successful you can be,” Justin said. “This is just the beginning for me.”
And how does a 15-year-old define success?
“I grew up with not a lot of money,” Justin replied. “We never owned a house. I want to buy my mom a house.”
Justin Bieber on kgbpeople.com
By entering a search for Justin, kgbpeople.com was able to unearth a whole slew of information from popular social networks Twitter, FaceBook, LinkedIn and others.
The search further revealed that Google had over 8,690,000 results but staggeringly way ahead was Yahoo with 63,398,983 results! Apparently even we didn’t know quite how popular he is!
Go do a people search on other famous people to see what you can come up with or just go and watch the daft video below for a quick company insight.
Justin Bieber On People Search site kgbpeople.com