Justin Bieber Five Years In The Music Industry Today , Anniversary

Justin Bieber Five Year Music Industry Milestone: Nowhere But Up?

Today, Justin Bieber marks his five year anniversary of his signing to Island Def Jam Records.

The 19-year-old’s ever vigilant ‘Beliebers’ have been celebrating the seminal date April 13, 2008 all day, trending #5YearsJustinSigned for hours.

Manager Scott “Scooter” Braun also joined in the fun, tweeting:

“Love this #5YearsJustinSigned trend. #BELIEVE in underdogs!! #DreamBIG and #NeverSayNever.”

For the boy from Stratford, Ontario, who grew up poor but rich in emotional support from his single mother Patti Mallette, the journey from street busker to YouTube sensation to signed adolescent at age 14, has been nothing short of a phenomenon.

The milestones of Bieber’s ascent are well documented. In 2007, Braun clicked on one of the then 13-year-old’s YouTube clips by accident. Drawn to what he saw, Braun’s tenacious search led to a life-changing meeting between the young Canadian and Usher in Atlanta, Georgia later that year.

That meeting led to another with Island Def Jam CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid, who said at the time that he found it uncanny that “Justin was the same exact age as Usher when he was signed.”

From there, came a debut album My World in November 2009 and first single “One Time.” It went platinum in the US and with it Bieber became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut chart on Billboard’s Hot 100. The worldwide top ten single “Baby” followed with the release of My World 2.0, and saw Bieber become the youngest solo male act to top the Billboard 200 chart since Stevie Wonder in 1963.

Next, his first headlining My World tour from June 2010, two remix albums, the nearly $100 million grossing 3D concert movie biopic Never Say Never, a Christmas album Under the Mistletoe, which was encored by the Believe album in June 2012 and Believe Acoustic January 2013.

Keeping up? To date, Bieber has sold over 15 million albums, topped Billboard’s 200 album chart five times, in 2011 Forbes placed him at #2 on their Best-Paid Celebrities under 30, won a ton of awards — notably Artist of the Year at both the 2010 and 2012 American Music Awards and five more AMA’s, as well as six Billboard Music Awards and 10 MTV Awards — and in 2012 was honored with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by Canada’s Prime Minister.

Summer 2010, Bieber became the most-searched-for celebrity on the Internet, accounting for three percent of all traffic on Twitter. Meanwhile, “Baby” became the most viewed music video on YouTube and remained so until South Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style” dethroned it in 2012.

Justin Bieber Record Signing April 13, 2008