Justin Bieber is only fifteen years old and has become very popular already. Justin Bieber was raised by his mother in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. When he was twelve he won second place in a
local singing contest. He started posting videos of his contest performances on YouTube for his friends and family. Soon these videos had been seen more than ten million times. A former music executive saw those videos. He arranged for Justin to fly to Atlanta, Georgia, to meet the singer and songwriter Usher. A year later Justin signed a recording contract. His first album is called My World. It sold over a million copies in the first two months. Four singles were released before the album. All became hits. This made Justin Bieber the only artist in the history of the Billboard magazine to have four singles from his first album among the most popular songs before the album’s release. This is one of those songs, One Time. It is about a young person’s first love. Justin Bieber performed for President Obama at the White House in December. He was part of a televised musical show that raised money for the National Children’s Medical Center. He was also among the many singers who recorded a special new version of the song We Are the World. The song was produced to raise money for earthquake victims in Haiti. The video has been seen more than seven million times on Youtube. And it was shown during the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver on February 12. Justin Bieber’s family did not have much money when he was growing up. He did not have as much so other children did. Justin says he wants to influence young people in a positive way. He says his message is that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.