10 Artists Who Are Linked to Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber is arguably one of the more polarizing figures in the music industry. With a dedicated legion of fans, his Beliebers, on one side, and a set of "anti-Beliebers" who even called for Bieber's deportation back to Canada on the other side, there's no doubt that he's made one of the biggest splashes in pop music since the new millennium started.
His influence can be seen through his collaborations and associations with other artists. In addition to joining forces with such stars as Usher, Drake and Chris Brown on some tracks, he has also shaped the early careers of several rising music stars.
We're taking a look at some of the artists that Bieber has either collaborated with, or helped introduce to the world. You can hear some of the collaborations mentioned here, as well as other people in his inner-circle, by checking out our Beats Music playlist.
Before Bieber was a superstar, he was just a young kid with big dreams and doing his own covers on YouTube. Enter aspiring music mogul Scooter Braun, who came across Bieber's videos online and introduced him to R&B superstar Usher, who proceeded to sign Bieber to his label. The rest is history, and Bieber became an overnight sensation. For the single 'Somebody to Love,' Usher had originally recorded it as a demo before handing it off to Bieber. The song appeared on Bieber's album 'My World 2.0' and was later remixed with Usher providing featured vocals. The two later appeared on stage together at the 2010 MTV Music Video Awards and performed the track live.
Around the same time Bieber was rising in the music scene, Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, had signed an aspiring rapper named Asher Roth to his fledgling label. Both Roth and Bieber promoted one another on their social media feeds, and Roth had a hit in his 2009 track 'I Love College.' Bieber and Roth even appeared together on MTV's celebrity game show 'Silent Library' in 2010, where -- with a few other friends -- they each tempted one another in a series of daring pranks with the challenge of not making any noise.
The history of Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez is a long and winding one. As Bieber quickly became a teen heartthrob, he began hanging out with Gomez in 2009, who was back then known for her role on 'Wizards of Waverly Place.' When the two began dating in 2010, the tabloid phenomenon known as "Jelena" was born. Both pop stars have been seen together on and off again, and occasionally post cryptic messages about one another on social media, so there's no telling if there will ever be a definitive end to their relationship.
'Baby' became one of Bieber's most infectious early hits, and it featured rapper Ludacris, who collaborated on the track for his 'My World' album. At the time of Bieber's emerging fame, he was living in the Atlanta area -- and so was Ludacris, which is how the two connected on the track. After 'Baby' shot to the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, they teamed up again for the club banger 'All Around the World' off the 2012 'Believe' album.
While Bieber was touring to promote the 'My World' and 'My World 2.0' albums, a young teen starlet named Jasmine Villegas joined him as part of his opening act. She also appeared in Bieber's 'Baby' music video and eventually suggested in a 2012 radio interview that the two had dated at some point. Nevertheless, Bieber's support for Jasmine has helped her become a rising star, and her first EP is expected to be out later this year.
In December of 2010, Chris Brown first revealed that he would be collaborating with a young Justin Bieber. That track turned out to be the R&B song 'Next to You' off his F.A.M.E. album. The two would later reunite for a remix of Bieber's 'Up' on the 'My World 2.0' album. In 2012, the two showed the world that they were still buddies when Bieber made a surprise appearance during one of Brown's shows in Sydney, Australia, joining him for the track 'Look at Me Now.' This past June, Bieber shared a new photo of him and Brown in the studio, hinting that another collaboration is in the works.
Much like how Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera inspired a wave of young female pop starlets in the late '90s, record labels were quick to find new young male acts to capitalize on "Bieber Fever." Enter Cody Simpson, who, -- like Bieber -- got his start as a young burgeoning YouTube star. Simpson got his start opening for Bieber on the Believe Tour and eventually added Scooter Braun to his management team. Both Bieber and Simpson have revealed that they have a collaboration together coming soon.
If 'Call Me Maybe' got stuck in your head between 2011 and 2012, you have Justin Bieber to thank for that. Carly Rae Jepsen became an overnight sensation thanks to Bieber, who tweeted about her song 'Call Me Maybe' to his millions of fans. Bieber and Selena Gomez gathered some of their famous friends, including Big Time Rush and Ashley Tisdale, to film a lip sync video which went viral. 'Call Me Maybe' soon became a No. 1 hit. Jepsen later joined Bieber on the Believe Tour and the two also collaborated for the track 'Beautiful' on her debut 'Kiss' album.
Bieber connected with fellow Canadian musician Drake for the track 'Right Here' for the 'Believe' album in 2012. The two have remained tight since then, with Bieber having made guest appearances at Drake's shows, including joining him on stage in Toronto to perform 'Right Here' as well as'The Motto' in 2012.
Bieber helped spread the rising popularity of Ariana Grande in 2013 when he added her as one of his opening acts for the Believe Tour. The then-Nickelodeon star had started paving the way for her music career with the breakout single 'The Way.' There were even rumors of a Bieber-Grande romance when Bieber was spotted kissing Grande. The two insisted that they were just friends, however, and revealed this year that they are working on their first collaboration together.