Happy birthday, Justin! Here’s looking at a few key moments of his life

Canadian fresh-faced Justin Bieber burst onto the music scene in 2008 and since then, has gone ahead to break all kinds of success records. He has songs, live performances and a documentary to his credit. His current Instagram following is 279 million. A rarity. On his birthday today, we hark back to a few of his best moments.

The release of My World in Nov 2009 heralded the arrival of the teenaged Bieber, who made his way into a million hearts, and at number six on the US Billboard 200 albums chart. This album worked as a precursor to what was to follow, the heady stardom that Bieber would go on to enjoy.


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In Jan 2010, Bieber released Baby (ft Ludacris), the lead single on My World 2.0, and his popularity soared to international heights on multiple top 10 lists, and goes platinum. At one point, baby surpassed the music video for Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance and OG South Korean phenomenon Psy’s Gangnam Style.

A much more successful Bieber dates Selena Gomez by 2011, and in Sep, he rents an entire Staples Centre (a 20,000 seater stadium) for a dinner and movie night with her. Bieber and Gomez go on to date on and off publicly for eight years, and when they eventually broke up for good in 2018, he was left shattered.

Through the coming months, he goes on to release numerous tracks, all of which continue to favour his success. In Jan 2022, he was noted as the artist with most monthly listeners in Spotify history. We also saw a surprise performance by him at the Coachella festival last year. As he works on his seventh studio album, here’s wishing him more success on his birthday.


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