Justin Bieber Breaks YouTube Record With 3 Billion Views -- See Where it All Began (VIDEOS)
Justin Bieber was once just a small-town boy sharing homemade videos on YouTube. Now just a few years later, the worldwide pop phenom has made history by hitting 3 billion views on his channel.
The singer surpassed the milestone after recently releasing his "Beauty And A Beat" video, featuring Nicki Minaj, which has raked up over 44 million views in just one week. Bieber is the first-ever musician to reach the mark, with both Lady Gaga and Rihanna still in the 2 billion range.
But Bieber is breaking his own record. Just last year, the beloved 18-year-old became the first to break 2 billion views on YouTube.
It seems only fitting that Bieber reigns as the most-watched musician on YouTube. Growing up in Stratford, Canada, the aspiring star showcased his singing — not to mention drumming and guitar-strumming — talents by covering chart-toppers.
His single mother, Pattie Mallette, would record her boy wonder's performances and post them online to share with family and friends. But soon Bieber caught the eye of someone outside his bloodline. Scooter Braun, a former So So Def executive, happened upon a video of young Bieber crooning for the camera and he was hooked.Usher with his rendition of the R&B singer-songwriter's "U Got It Bad." Usher leveraged his star power to put Bieber in front of music industry legend L.A. Reid of Island Def Jam Music Group. The rest, they say, was history.
In honor of Bieber's new YouTube triumph, look back at some of his childhood performances that helped skyrocket him to stardom.
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