Not to be confused with Scott Travis.
Jacques Webster (born April 30, 1992), better known by his stage name Travis Scott (formerly stylized as Travi$ Scott), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Also known as
Travis Scott, Travi$
Scott, La Flame, Cactus Jack
April 30, 1992 (age 25)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Hip hop trap R&B
rapper singer songwriter record producer
Vocals drum machine keyboards
Grand Hustle Epic Very GOOD Beats Cactus Jack
Huncho Jack Quavo T.I. Kanye West Young Thug 2 Chainz Metro Boomin Big Sean
In 2012, Scott signed his first major-label deal with Epic Records. In November of the same year, Scott signed a deal with Kanye West’s GOOD Music, to be a part of its production wing Very GOOD Beats, after appearing on the label’s 2012 compilation album Cruel Summer. In April 2013, it was announced Scott signed a record deal with T.I.’s Grand Hustle imprint.
Scott’s first full-length project, a mixtape titled Owl Pharaoh, was self-released in May 2013. This was followed with a second mixtape, titled Days Before Rodeo, in August 2014. Scott’s debut studio album Rodeo, was released in September 2015 and was led by the hit single “Antidote”, which reached the top 20 of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. His second album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, was released in September 2016, to generally positive reviews.
Outside of his solo career, Scott is also a member of the supergroup, Huncho Jack with Quavo. The pair released their first collaborative album on December 21, 2017 titled Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho.
Webster was born in Houston, Texas. He grew up in Missouri City, a middle-class suburban area bordering southwest Houston. Webster lived with his grandmother, but later moved to the suburbs, where his father ran his own business. Webster attended a private elementary school and middle school though graduated from Elkins High School, a public high school at the age of seventeen. Webster then later attended the University of Texas at San Antonio before dropping out to fully pursue his music career when he was a sophomore.
After dropping out, Webster immediately moved to New York City in an attempt to start his music career. His parents, frustrated that he had dropped out of University, eventually cut him off financially.
2008–12: Career beginnings and record deals
At the age of 16, Webster embarked on his musical career as a record producer, with a focus on hip hop production. He subsequently entered his first partnership with his longtime friend, Chris Holloway, forming the duo The Graduates. In 2008, the duo released their untitled first EP on social networking website, Myspace.
The following year, Webster and OG Chess, one of Travis’s schoolmates, formed the group The Classmates. The Classmates released two projects, with Buddy Rich in 2009 and Cruis’n USA in 2010. Webster mainly handled production work on both projects. The duo remained together until late 2012, when personal conflicts and financial disputes led to the disbandment of the group.
After leaving college, Webster moved from Houston, Texas, to Washington, New York, where Webster began working with friend Mike Waxx, who owned the music website Illroots. After moving to New York, Webster slept on the floor at his friend’s house and spent most of his time at Just Blaze’s studio. Eventually frustrated in New York and the lack of progression, Webster moved to Los Angeles, California after only four months in the state.
In Los Angeles, Webster was abandoned by his friend whom promised to help him by providing housing. His parents cut him off financially and he eventually was forced to relocate back to Houston, where his parents kicked him out of their home. Webster moved back to Los Angeles once again and began to sleep on the couch of a friend who studied at University of Southern California. Atlanta-based rapper and owner of Grand Hustle Records T.I. would later hear one of Webster’s productions, titled “Lights (Love Sick)”. While in Los Angeles, T.I.’s representative contacted Webster, asking him to attend a studio for a meeting. During the meeting, T.I. freestyled over “Animal”, one of Webster’s productions.
2012–14: Owl Pharaoh and Days Before Rodeo
Main articles: Owl Pharaoh and Days Before Rodeo
Scott performing in 2013.
Webster’s first solo full-length project is a mixtape titled Owl Pharaoh, which was set to be released as a free download in 2012. However, the project was delayed, and was announced to be slated for a later release. The project was later re-created by Kanye West and Mike Dean, and was then again delayed for sample clearance issues. In promotion Webster would release the track, “Blocka La Flame”, a remix of fellow GOOD Music label-mate Pusha T’s single “Blocka” (which features production and vocals from Scott). The song was produced by Young Chop, with additional production by Webster himself, alongside Mike Dean. On March 22, 2013, Webster released the music video for a song titled “Quintana”, set to appear on Owl Pharaoh. The mixtape’s version of the song features guest vocals from fellow American rapper Wale, while the production was handled by Webster himself, alongside Sak Pase and Mike Dean. On March 27, XXL revealed that Webster was a member of their Freshman Class of 2013. On March 29, 2013, following his interview with British disc jockey, DJ Semtex, Webster premiered a snippet of his commercial debut single, titled “Upper Echelon”, featuring 2 Chainz and T.I. On April 2, 2013, Webster stated Owl Pharaoh was his official debut mixtape and would be released on the iTunes Store on May 21, 2013. On April 23, 2013, “Upper Echelon” was sent to Urban contemporary radio. The EP was released for free download.
Scott performing in 2014.
On March 13, 2014, Webster performed a new song, tentativs Twitter account that the song is not called “1975”, and would be included on his second mixtape, titled Days Before Rodeo. He would later take to his Twitter account to announce Rodeo, as the official title for his major-label debut studio album. On May 5, 2014, Webster released the full version of the song, with its new title “Don’t Play”, featuring a sample of the song “M.O.N.E.Y” by the English rock band the 1975. On July 11, 2014, “Don’t Play” was officially released as the lead single from Days Before Rodeo, via digital distribution.
Following the success of Days Before Rodeo, Webster announced that he would headline a concert tour, called The Rodeo Tour, with Rich Gang’s rapper Young Thug and producer Metro Boomin. The tour started on March 1, 2015, in Santa Ana, California, and ended on April 1, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. The tour ran through major cities such as Denver, Colorado, Houston, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, Michigan, New York City, Atlanta, Georgia, Philadelphia, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington. Second shows were added to some cities such as Los Angeles and New York City, after his first shows had sold out too quickly towards the eyes of his fans. Artists such as Kanye West, Chris Brown, Wale and Birdman made special guest appearances in certain cities. Webster’s Rodeo Tour has been acclaimed to be one of today’s wildest rap tours.
2015–16: Rodeo and Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
Main articles: Rodeo (Travis Scott album) and Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
Rodeo was released on September 4, 2015, by Grand Hustle and Epic Records. The album features guest appearances from Quavo, Juicy J, Kanye West, The Weeknd, Swae Lee, Chief Keef, Justin Bieber, Young Thug and Toro y Moi, Big Buck and includes production from Mike Dean, Kanye West, WondaGurl, Suber, DJ Dahi, Metro Boomin, 1500 or Nothin’, Sonny Digital, Southside, Terrace Martin, Zaytoven, Pharrell Williams and Webster himself, among others. The album was supported by two singles: “3500” featuring Future and 2 Chainz, and “Antidote”. The latter became his highest-charting single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 16. Rodeo received generally positive reviews from critics and debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart. It also debuted at number one on the Billboard Rap Albums chart.
Scott performing in February 2016.
On January 4, 2016, Webster would announce that he has a new studio album on the way. On February 8, 2016, it was announced that iLoveMakonnen, Vic Mensa and Travis Scott, would be a part of the “WANGSQUAD”, an Alexander Wang campaign. On March 29, 2016, 300 Entertainment executive Lyor Cohen, revealed that Webster and Young Thug were releasing a single together and called Webster’s upcoming album a “classic”. On April 7, 2016, Webster previewed a single with Young Thug at one of his shows. On May 17, 2016, Webster announced that the title of his second album would be Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, while also confirming the title for his third album to be AstroWorld. On June 3, 2016, the collaborative single between Thug and Webster was released, titled “Pick Up the Phone”. The single, which also features vocals from Quavo of Atlanta-based rap trio Migos, reached number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
On August 31, 2016, Webster announced that Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight was finally finished in a post on Instagram. Webster premiered the album on his third episode of .wav radio on September 2, 2016, and was later released on iTunes and Apple Music. On September 11, 2016, the album became Webster’s first number one album on the US Billboard 200. On September 12, 2016, Universal Music Publishing Group’s CEO, Jody Gerson announced that the label signed a worldwide deal with Webster.
In the same episode Webster premiered Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, he also announced that he would be executive producing on Kanye West’s Cruel Winter, a follow up to his G.O.O.D. Music label’s debut compilation Cruel Summer. In the episode he described the upcoming album as, “very youthful, straight to the point, like the illest ever, man, like the illest album.”
2017–present: AstroWorld and Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho
Webster performed at All-Star Weekend on February 16, 2017 in New Orleans at Champion Square. Webster also performed at New Orleans BUKU Music + Art Project festival on March 10, 2017. On March 5, Webster announced a concert tour called “Birds Eye View”. The next day, the dates and cities for the tour were unveiled, with it beginning on March 10, in New Orleans, Louisiana and coming to an end on June 2, in Eugene, OR. In March 2017, Webster announced he would be launching his own imprint, under the name of Cactus Jack Records. During an interview, Webster said, “I’m not doing it to have financial control over my music. I want first and foremost to help other artists, launch new names, to provide opportunities. I want to do for them what happened to me, but better. By better I mean no bullshit. No lying to the artists about album release dates or the budgets of videos and albums.” On June 15, 2017, Webster announced he would be doing a European leg of the “Birds Eye View Tour”. The European leg started on the June 23 in Paris, and concluded on July 9 in Turku, Finland. This leg was mainly festival sets or in smaller club settings.
On April 3, 2017 it was reported Webster had been working on a collaborative album with Atlanta-based rapper Quavo of Migos, potentially to be released later in 2017. Speaking to GQ, he confirmed: ‘The Quavo album is coming soon. I’m dropping new music soon. You know how I do it though: I like surprises. In addition to the collaborative album, Webster announced his third studio album AstroWorld, named after the defunct Houston theme park of the same name, is nearing completion and would most likely be released in 2017. Webster was also featured on a track from Canadian rapper Drake’s project More Life (2017), titled “Portland”. The song peaked at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming his highest charting song as a featured artist.
On May 16, 2017, Webster released three new tracks on SoundCloud, after teasing on social media for some time. The tracks were named “A Man”, “Green & Purple (featuring Playboi Carti)”, and “Butterfly Effect”. The latter was also released on every other streaming service, as the only track. The music video for “Butterfly Effect” was released on July 14, 2017. On August 10, 2017, Webster tweeted “ALBUM MODE” as he had just finished the “DAMN. Tour” as a supporting act for Kendrick Lamar, the night before. This tweet signified that he was now working on his album “AstroWorld” full-time. On August 27, 2017, Webster performed with Thirty Seconds to Mars at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on their single “Walk On Water”.
On September 18, 2017, Quavo and the Migos did an interview. Quavo stated that his album with Travis Scott is coming “real soon”. He also stated that he and Travis Scott have over 20 records ready. In October 2017, Webster was featured in a special piece titled “Deserve”, by Chinese born Canadian rapper Kris Wu. On December 7, 2017, a clip of Quavo being interviewed by Zane Lowe was posted on the official Twitter account for Beats 1. When asked about the title of their upcoming project, he confirmed it would be Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho. 
Webster was featured on Trippie Redd’s “Dark Knight Dummo” on December 6, 2017. The song peaked at 72 on the Billboard Hot 100. On December 21, 2017, Webster and Quavo released their collaborative album, Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho. The album debuted at no.3 on the Billboard 200 and had seven tracks chart on the Billboard Hot 100. After the release of Huncho Jack, Jack Hunco, Webster was spotted in the studio a lot more frequently and Billboard slated an expected first quarter release for Astroworld. His girlfriend Kylie Jenner, gave birth to their first child on February 1, 2018.
Scott has stated that he is influenced by Kid Cudi, M.I.A., Kanye West, Toro y Moi, Tame Impala and T.I. Spin magazine compared his 2013 mixtape Owl Pharaoh to that of Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager.
Webster currently lives in Hidden Hills, California. On February 1, 2018, Kylie Jenner gave birth to their first child, daughter Stormi.
Main articles: Travis Scott discography and Travis Scott production discography
Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (2016)
Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho (with Quavo as Huncho Jack) (2017)
Owl Pharaoh (2013)
Days Before Rodeo (2014)
Year Title Role Notes
2013 RapFix Live Himself Season 4, Episode 13: “French Montana, Fat Joe”
Skee Live Himself Season 1, Episode 2: “Featuring Action Bronson & Travis Scott”
2015 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself, musical guest Season 13, Episode 122: “Kerry Washington/Lea Michele/Travis Scott”
Late Night with Seth Meyers Himself, musical guest Season 3, Episode 38: “Seth Rogen/Leslie Odom, Jr./Travis Scott/Emily Armstrong”
2016 Ridiculousness Himself Season 7, Episode 14: “Travis Scott”
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Himself, musical guest Season 13, Episode 108: “Kaley Cuoco/Sam Forbes”
The Late Late Show with James Corden Himself, musical guest Season 2, Episode 113: “Sharon Stone/Sebastian Stan/Zach Woods/Jamie Lawson”
Wild N Out Himself, musical guest Season 8, Episode 4: “Travis Scott”
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Himself, musical guest Season 2, Episode 3: “Jessica Alba/Bradley Whitford/George Takei”
2017 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself, musical guest Season 15, Episode 8: “Anthony Anderson/Ruby Rose/Travis Scott”
Ballers Himself Season 3, Episode 2: “Bull Rush”
Season 3, Episode 8: “Alley-Oops”
Awards and nominations
Year Awards Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 BET Hip Hop Awards Best Mixtape Owl Pharaoh Nominated 
2015 Best Mixtape Days Before Rodeo Nominated 
MTV Europe Music Awards Artist on the Rise Himself Nominated 
2016 BET Hip Hop Awards People’s Champ Award “Antidote” Won 
MOBO Awards Best International Act Himself Nominated 
2017 Grammy Awards Album of the Year Purpose (as a featured artist) Nominated 
Teen Choice Awards Choice Electronic/Dance Song “Know No Better” (with Major Lazer, Camila Cabello and Quavo) Won 
Soul Train Music Awards Best Collaboration “Love Galore” (with SZA) Nominated 
2018 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration Nominated 
Outstanding Song, Contemporary Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Rap/Sung Performance Nominated 
iHeartRadio Music Awards R&B Song of the Year Pending 
Rodeo Tour (with Young Thug and Metro Boomin) (2015)
Birds Eye View Tour (North America and Europe) (2017)
Never Sober Tour (with Juicy J and Project Pat) (2015)
The Madness Tour (with The Weeknd and Banks) (2015)
The Anti World Tour (with Rihanna and Big Sean) (2016)
The Damn. Tour (with Kendrick Lamar and DRAM) (2017)
Last edited 20 hours ago by General Ization
Travis Scott discography
Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho
album by Quavo, Travis Scott
Content is available under CC BY-SA 3.0 unless otherwise noted.
Justin Drew Bieber (/ˈbiːbər/; born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. After a talent manager discovered him through his YouTube videos covering songs in 2008 and signed to RBMG, Bieber released his debut EP, My World, in late 2009. It was certified Platinum in the U.S. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut record chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Bieber released his first full-length studio album, My World 2.0, in 2010. It debuted at or near number one in several countries, was certified triple Platinum in the U.S., and contained his single “Baby”.
Bieber in 2015
Born Justin Drew Bieber
March 1, 1994 (age 23)
London, Ontario, Canada
Years active 2008–present
Home town Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Parent(s) Patricia Mallette
Jeremy Jack Bieber
Vocals Drums Guitar
Island Teen Island RBMG School Boy Def Jam
Carly Rae Jepsen Big Sean Diplo Lil Twist Skrillex Travis Scott Usher
Website Official Website: justinbiebermusic.com
Following his debut album, he had his first headlining tour, the My World Tour, released the remix albums My Worlds Acoustic and Never Say Never – The Remixes—and the 3D biopic-concert film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. He released his second studio album, Under the Mistletoe, in November 2011, when it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Bieber released his third studio album, Believe, in 2012. His fourth studio album Purpose was released in November 2015, spawning three number one singles: “What Do You Mean?”, “Sorry”, and “Love Yourself”. Following the release of Purpose, Bieber was featured on several successful collaborations, including “Cold Water”, “Let Me Love You”, “Despacito (Remix)”, and “I’m the One”. His U.S. album and singles sales total 44.7 million. He has sold an estimated 140 million records, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. He also became the second person to reach 100 million followers on Twitter in late August 2017 (Katy Perry was the first).
Bieber has won numerous awards, including the American Music Award for Artist of the Year in 2010 and 2012. In his career, he has won one Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for the song “Where Are Ü Now” at the 2016 ceremony. He has been listed four times by Forbes magazine among the top ten most powerful celebrities in the world in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Bieber also became the first artist to surpass 10 billion total video views on Vevo.
Bieber was born on March 1, 1994, in London, Ontario, at St Joseph’s Hospital, and was raised in Stratford, Ontario. He is the only child of Jeremy Jack Bieber and Patricia “Pattie” Mallette. Bieber’s parents were never married. Pattie raised her son with the help of her mother, Diane, and stepfather, Bruce. His mother is of French-Canadian descent; his paternal great-grandfather was of German ancestry, and his other roots are English, Scottish and Irish. He has also claimed that he has some undetermined Aboriginal Canadian ancestry.
Through Jeremy, Bieber has two younger half-siblings, Jazmyn (born 2009) and Jaxon (born 2010). Pattie worked a series of low-paying office jobs, raising Bieber as a single mother in low-income housing. Bieber has maintained contact with his father.
Bieber attended a French-language immersion elementary school in Stratford, the Jeanne Sauvé Catholic School. Growing up, he learned to play the piano, drums, guitar, and trumpet. He graduated from high school in Stratford, Ontario, the St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in 2012 with a 4.0 GPA. In early 2007, aged 12, Bieber sang Ne-Yo’s “So Sick” for a local singing competition in Stratford and was placed second. Mallette posted a video of the performance on YouTube for their family and friends to see. She continued to upload videos of Bieber singing covers of various R&B songs, and Bieber’s popularity on the site grew.
2008–2010: Career beginnings and My World
When searching for videos of a different singer, Scooter Braun, a former marketing executive of So So Def Recordings, clicked on one of Bieber’s 2007 videos by accident. Impressed, Braun tracked down the theatre Bieber was performing in, located Bieber’s school, and finally contacted Mallette, who was reluctant because of Braun’s Judaism. She remembered praying, “God, I gave him to you. You could send me a Christian man, a Christian label!”, and, “God, you don’t want this Jewish kid to be Justin’s man, do you?” However, church elders convinced her to let Bieber go with Braun. At 13, Bieber went to Atlanta, Georgia, with Braun to record demo tapes. Bieber began singing for Usher one week later.
Bieber in 2010, displaying his earlier haircut.
Bieber was soon signed to Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG), a joint venture between Braun and Usher. Justin Timberlake was also reportedly in the running to sign Bieber but lost the bidding war to Usher. Usher then sought assistance in finding a label home for the artist from then manager Chris Hicks, who helped engineer an audition with his contact L.A. Reid of The Island Def Jam Music Group. Reid signed Bieber to Island Records in October 2008 (resulting in a joint venture between RBMG and Island Records) and appointed Hicks as executive Vice-President of Def Jam, where he could manage Bieber’s career at the label. Bieber then moved to Atlanta with his mother to pursue further work with Braun and Usher. Braun became Bieber’s manager in 2008.
Bieber’s first single, “One Time”, was released to radio while Bieber was still recording his debut album. The song reached number 12 on the Canadian Hot 100 during its first week of release in July 2009 and later peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. During fall 2009, it had success in international markets. The song was certified Platinum in Canada and the US and Gold in Australia and New Zealand. His first release, an extended play entitled My World, was released on November 17, 2009. The album’s second single, “One Less Lonely Girl”, and two promo singles, “Love Me” and “Favorite Girl”, were released exclusively on the iTunes Store and charted within the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.
“One Less Lonely Girl” was later also released to radio and peaked within the top 20 in Canada and the US, and was certified Gold in the latter. My World was eventually certified Platinum in the US and double Platinum in both Canada and the United Kingdom. To promote the album, Bieber performed on several live shows such as mtvU’s VMA 09 Tour, European program The Dome, YTV’s The Next Star, The Today Show, The Wendy Williams Show, Lopez Tonight, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, It’s On with Alexa Chung, Good Morning America, Chelsea Lately, and BET’s 106 & Park. Bieber also guest starred in an episode of True Jackson, VP in late 2009.
Bieber performed Ron Miller and Bryan Wells’s “Someday at Christmas” for US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House for Christmas in Washington, which aired on December 20, 2009, on US television broadcaster TNT. Bieber was also one of the performers for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, on December 31, 2009. Bieber was a presenter at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 31, 2010. He was invited to be a vocalist for the remake of “We Are the World” (a song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie) for its 25th anniversary to benefit Haiti after the earthquake. Bieber sings the opening line, which was sung by Lionel Richie in the original version.
On March 12, 2010, a version of K’naan’s “Wavin’ Flag”, recorded by a collective of Canadian musicians known as Young Artists for Haiti, was released. Bieber is featured in the song, performing the closing lines.
2010–2011: My World 2.0 and Never Say Never
In January 2010, “Baby”, was released from his debut album, My World 2.0. The song featured Ludacris, and became an international hit. It charted at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaked at number three on the Canadian Hot 100 and reached the top ten in several international markets. Two promo singles “Never Let You Go”, and “U Smile” were top thirty hits on the US Hot 100, and top twenty hits in Canada. According to review aggregator Metacritic, the album has received generally favourable reviews. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, making Bieber the youngest solo male act to top the chart since Stevie Wonder in 1963. My World 2.0 also debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, Irish Albums Chart, Australian Albums Chart, and the New Zealand Albums Chart and reached the top ten of fifteen other countries.
To promote the album, Bieber appeared on several live programs including The View, the 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards, Nightline, Late Show with David Letterman, The Dome and 106 & Park. Sean Kingston appeared on the album’s next single, “Eenie Meenie”. The song reached the top ten in the United Kingdom and Australia, and the top-twenty of most other markets. On April 10, 2010, Bieber was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. On July 4, 2010, Bieber performed at the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York City. The following single from My World 2.0, “Somebody to Love”, was released in April 2010, and a remix was released featuring Bieber’s mentor Usher. On June 23, 2010, Bieber went on his first official headlining tour, the My World Tour, starting in Hartford, Connecticut, to promote My World and My World 2.0. In July 2010, it was reported that Bieber was the most searched for celebrity on the Internet. That same month his music video for “Baby”, surpassed Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” to become the most viewed, and also the most disliked YouTube video ever. However, Taylor Swift’s Blank Space surpassed its number of views in 2015. In September 2010, it was reported that Bieber accounted for three per cent of all traffic on Twitter, according to an employee of the social-networking site.
Bieber performing in Jakarta during his My World Tour
In Bieber’s second album, because of puberty, his voice was deeper than it was in his first album. In April 2010, the singer discussing his vocals remarked, “It cracks. Like every teenage boy, I’m dealing with it and I have the best vocal coach in the world. […] Some of the notes I hit on “Baby” I can’t hit any more. We have to lower the key when I sing live.” Bieber guest-starred in the season premiere of the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which aired on September 23, 2010. He played a “troubled teen who is faced with a difficult decision regarding his only brother”, who is also a serial bomber. Bieber was also in a subsequent episode which aired on February 17, 2011, in which his character is killed. Bieber performed a medley of “U Smile”, “Baby”, and “Somebody to Love” and briefly played the drums at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010. Bieber announced in October 2010 that he would be releasing an acoustic album, called My Worlds Acoustic. It was released on November 26, 2010 in the United States and featured acoustic versions of songs from his previous albums, and accompanied the release of a new song titled “Pray”. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
A 3-D part-biopic, part-concert film starring Bieber entitled Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, was released on February 11, 2011, directed by Step Up 3D director Jon Chu. It topped the box office with an estimated gross of $12.4 million on its opening day from 3,105 theatres. It grossed $30.3 million for the weekend and was narrowly beaten by the romantic comedy Just Go with It, which grossed $31 million. Never Say Never reportedly exceeded industry expectations, nearly matching the $31.1 million grossed by Miley Cyrus’s 2008 3-D concert film, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, which holds the record for the top debut for a music-documentary. Never Say Never grossed a total of $98,441,954 worldwide. The film is accompanied by his second remix album, Never Say Never – The Remixes, released February 14, 2011, and features remixes of songs from his debut album, with guest appearances from Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown, and Kanye West, among others. In June 2011, Bieber was ranked No. 2 on the Forbes list of Best-Paid Celebrities under 30. He is the youngest star, and 1 of 7 musicians on the list, having raked in $53 million in a 12-month period. On November 1, 2011, Bieber released the Christmas-themed Under the Mistletoe, his second studio album. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 210,000 copies in its first week of release.
2011–2015: Believe, Journals, and other appearances
In late 2011, Bieber began recording his third studio album, entitled Believe. The following week, Bieber appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to announce that the first single would be called “Boyfriend” and would be released on March 26, 2012. The song debuted at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, selling a total of 521,000 digital units, the second-highest-ever debut digital sales week. Bill Werde of Billboard noted that it failed to debut at number one because the digital download of the track was available only through iTunes Store, “restricting the buying option for those that do not frequent the Apple retail store”. “Boyfriend” became Bieber’s first single ever to reach the top position on the Canadian Hot 100 by debuting at number one and staying on for one week.
Bieber performing during his Believe Tour in October 2012.
His third studio album, Believe was released on June 19, 2012, by Island Records. The album marks a musical departure from the teen pop sound of his previous releases, and incorporates elements of dance-pop and R&B genres. Intent on developing a more “mature” sound, Bieber collaborated with a wide range of urban producers for the release as well as some long-time collaborators, including Darkchild, Hit-Boy, Diplo, and Max Martin. Entertainment Weekly praised Bieber’s musical shift, calling the album both a “reinvention and a reintroduction”. Rolling Stone noted the deeper voice and more “intense” beats found on the album, although it lampooned one of his euphemisms for newfound sexual maturity (“If you spread your wings, you can fly away with me”). Believe debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming his fourth number-one album. The album sold 57,000 copies in its first week in Canada, debuting atop the Canadian Albums Chart.
The Believe Tour, which further promoted the album, began in September 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. On December 14, 2012, Bieber appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he announced plans to release an acoustic album titled Believe Acoustic, which was released on January 29, 2013.
Bieber returned to Saturday Night Live as the host and musical guest on the February 9, 2013 episode. His appearance was panned by critics and cast members, including Kate McKinnon, who stated that Bieber was not comfortable with his hosting duties, and Bill Hader, who stated that he did not enjoy the presence of Bieber or his entourage. Hader added that in his eight years on the program, Bieber was the only host who lived up to his reputation.
On March 7, 2013, Bieber fainted backstage at London’s O2 Arena after complaining of breathing problems throughout his performance and was taken to hospital. Bieber cancelled his second Lisbon, Portugal concert at the Pavilhão Atlântico, which was to be held on March 12, because of low ticket sales. The concert on March 11 went on. In mid-August 2013, a remixed duet version of Michael Jackson’s previously unreleased song “Slave To The Rhythm”, featuring Justin Bieber leaked online. In response to criticism over this remix, the MJ Estate had not authorized release of this recording, and has since made attempts to remove the song from as many sites and YouTube channels as possible. Later, a song titled “Twerk” by rapper Lil Twist, featuring Bieber as well as Miley Cyrus, also leaked.
On October 3, 2013, Bieber announced that he would release a new song every Monday for 10 weeks as a lead-up to the film Justin Bieber’s Believe, which entered production in May 2012 and was released on December 25, 2013. The film is a follow-up to Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, and Jon M. Chu returned to direct. The first song of Music Mondays, “Heartbreaker”, was released on October 7. The second song, “All That Matters”, was released on October 14, followed by “Hold Tight” on October 21, “Recovery” on October 28, “Bad Day” on November 4, and “All Bad” on November 11. The seventh song, “PYD” featuring R. Kelly, was released on November 18; it was followed by “Roller Coaster” on November 25, and “Change Me” on December 2. The final song, “Confident” featuring Chance the Rapper, was released on December 9, 2013. That same day, it was announced that all 10 tracks will be featured on an upcoming collection called Journals. It reportedly featured five additional unreleased songs, a music video for “All That Matters”, and a trailer for Believe. Journals was only available for purchase via iTunes for a limited time only: from December 23, 2013, to January 9, 2014. The titles of the five new additional songs are: “One Life”, “Backpack” featuring Lil Wayne, “What’s Hatinin” featuring Future, “Swap It Out”, and “Memphis” featuring Big Sean and Diplo. Bieber released a song titled “Home to Mama” featuring Australian singer Cody Simpson in November 2014.
Because of the disbanding of Universal Music’s division, The Island Def Jam Music Group, in April 2014, Bieber and a number of artists were subsequently transferred to a UMG related division Def Jam Recordings, causing Bieber and the other artists to no longer be signed to Island Records.
In February 2015, Bieber released a song “Where Are Ü Now”, with Jack Ü. In March 2015, Bieber made an appearance in the music video for Carly Rae Jepsen’s single “I Really Like You”.
In March 2015 Bieber was the featured roastee in Comedy Central’s annual roast special. Bieber filmed an episode for the Fox TV reality series Knock Knock Live, and aired before the show was cancelled after two episodes.
2015–present: Purpose and collaborations
On August 28, 2015, Bieber released a new single titled “What Do You Mean?” as the lead single from his fourth studio album Purpose. The song is a blend of teen pop, electronic dance music and acoustic R&B and became Bieber’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. He became the youngest male artist to debut at the top of that chart, earning him a Guinness World Record. On October 23, 2015, Bieber released the album’s second single titled “Sorry” as an instant download, with the pre-order of the album on iTunes. The song debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. After eight non-consecutive weeks at number two, on the week charting January 23, 2016, “Sorry” climbed to the top spot of the chart and became Bieber’s second number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. The third single from Purpose, “Love Yourself” also peaked at number one in the US, making Bieber the first male artist in almost a decade to have three number-ones from an album since Justin Timberlake last did it with his album FutureSex/LoveSounds in 2006/2007. “Company” was announced as the fourth single on March 8, 2016. On February 12, 2016, Bieber’s first four albums were released on vinyl for the first time.
Purpose was released on November 13, 2015, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming Bieber’s sixth album to debut at the top of that chart. It was the fourth best-selling album of 2015 with worldwide sales of 3.1 million copies. As of June 2016, it had sold 4.5 million copies globally. On November 11, 2015, Bieber announced he will embark on the Purpose Tour. The tour started in Seattle, Washington on March 9, 2016. On July 24, 2017, Bieber canceled the remaining dates of his Purpose Tour “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
On July 22, 2016, Bieber released a new single with Major Lazer and MØ titled “Cold Water”. It debuted at number two, on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Bieber’s third number-two debut on the chart, passing Mariah Carey’s record to become the artist with the most number-two debuts; he also leads with the most top-two debuts at five. In August 2016, French DJ DJ Snake and Bieber released their collaborative song “Let Me Love You”. He appears in the documentary Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower.
On April 16, 2017, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee released a remix for their song “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber. The song was Justin’s first release in 2017 and the first in which he sings in Spanish. The remix boosted the original song to the Hot 100’s Top 10, being the first mostly Spanish language top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 since Macarena in 1996. The remix is currently the most viewed song of all time on the popular crowdsourced media knowledge base Genius, with 15.3 million views.
He, along with Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne provided vocals on DJ Khaled’s single “I’m the One”, released on April 28, 2017. The song reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. One week later, Despacito topped the charts in the U.S., making the single the first mostly Spanish-language Hot 100 No. 1 in more than 20 years, becoming his fifth number one single and it made Bieber the first artist ever to notch new No. 1s in back-to-back weeks. On June 9, 2017, French DJ David Guetta’s single “2U”, in which Bieber was featured, was released. The music video to “2U” is Victoria’s Secret models lip synching to the song.
On August 17, 2017, Bieber released the single “Friends” with American record producer and songwriter BloodPop. Songwriters Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter reunited with Bieber to construct the song, just as they helped create his single “Sorry” in 2015 on his studio album “Purpose”. It is his first single credited as lead artist since “Company”, which was released in March, 2016.
Musical style and influences
Bieber’s music is mainly pop, while he also incorporates elements of R&B. Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone asserted that the content of his music was “offering a gentle introduction to the mysteries and heartaches of adolescence: songs flushed with romance but notably free of sex itself.” After his hit in 2015 on Jack Ü’s track Where R Ü Now, Bieber released the EDM-fueled album Purpose a collaboration with Diplo, DJ Snake and Major Lazer.
Bieber has cited The Beatles, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, and Usher as his musical inspirations. Bieber stated My World 2.0 was influenced by Timberlake.
Bieber initially began singing with his adolescent voice, before later experiencing pubertal changes, as was evidenced during a performance of “Pray” at the 2011 American Music Awards. Bieber started to receive vocal conditioning from coach Jan Smith. Sean Michaels of The Guardian described it as “the biggest threat to his career” at the time. Jody Rosen commented that Bieber sings with “swing and rhythmic dexterity” on his debut, noting his tone to be “nasal”.
In a review of his Purpose album, Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph complimented his “soft, supple and seductive singing”. Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian also praised Bieber’s “affectedly breathy voice”, but insisted in the same sentence that “the voice soon palls” after listening to the whole album.
Bieber performing in Zürich, 2011
Usher commented that while he and Bieber were both signed at the same age, “I had the chance to ramp up my success, where this has happened to Bieber abruptly”. As a result, Usher, Braun, Bieber’s bodyguard, and other adults surrounding Bieber constantly coach him on handling fame and his public image. After signing Bieber, Usher appointed one of his former assistants, Ryan Good, to be Bieber’s road manager and stylist. Good, once nicknamed Bieber’s “swagger coach”, created a “streetwise look” for the singer which consisted of baseball caps, hoodies, dog chains, and flashy sneakers. Amy Kaufman of The Los Angeles Times comments, “Though a product of a middle-class suburban upbringing in Stratford, Ontario, Bieber’s manner of dress and speech (‘Wassup man, how you doin’?’ or ‘It’s like, you know, whateva’ ‘) suggest he’s mimicking his favourite rappers.” In 2013, Bieber said that he was “very influenced by black culture”, but he neither thought “of it as black or white” nor tried to “act or pose in a certain way”. To him, it was “a lifestyle—like a suaveness or a swag”. Wax statues of him with his hairstyle from that of his earlier career are on display at the Madame Tussauds wax museums in Amsterdam, London, and New York City.
“He’s the only person in humanity who’s grown up the way he has — with smartphones and cameras on him 24/7 … Another kid can go out and have a good night on the town, and no one gives a crap, but Justin is the most Googled person on the planet — for four years straight!”
Scooter Braun, Bieber’s manager, in 2013
Bieber was often featured in teen magazines, such as Tiger Beat, and has been labelled as a “teen heartthrob”. In 2010, he was frequently criticized for looking and sounding younger than his age, and the following year for an androgynous appearance, which had been commonly noted in the media, including his appearance on the cover of LOVE magazine’s androgyny issue in 2011. His teen-pop music, image (especially as a heartthrob to young teenage girls), and the media attention he receives have additionally been criticized. He has been a target of Internet bloggers and message board posters, especially users of the Internet message board 4chan and of YouTube. Nick Collins of The Daily Telegraph said that “Bieber’s character appears to strike a particularly sour note with his Internet critics” who have questioned his manner of speech, among other things.
YouTube and Twitter
Bieber’s early fanbase developed on YouTube and predated the release of his debut album My World. According to Jan Hoffman of The New York Times, part of Bieber’s appeal stems from his YouTube channel. Chicago Tribune noted that Bieber’s fanbase, “Beliebers”, was among the top words of 2010. Long before the November 2009 release of My World, his YouTube videos attracted millions of views. Braun recognized the appeal. Before flying him to Atlanta, Braun wanted to “build him up more on YouTube first” and had Bieber record more home videos for the channel. “I said: ‘Justin, sing like there’s no one in the room. But let’s not use expensive cameras.’ We’ll give it to kids, let them do the work, so that they feel like it’s theirs”, recalled Braun. Bieber continues to upload videos to the same channel and has opened a Twitter account, from which he interacts with fans regularly; his account was reported in November 2010 to have more than six million followers. Bieber surpassed Lady Gaga for having the most followed person on Twitter in January 2013. In early November 2013, Katy Perry surpassed him for having the most followers. As of 2017, Bieber remains the second most followed user of Twitter, while his VEVO channel makes him the third most subscribed user of YouTube. The music video for Bieber’s song “Baby” is the most disliked on YouTube, receiving over 7.8 million dislikes since its upload in 2010, as of 2017. Guinness Book of World Records listed “Baby” as the most disliked video on YouTube and on the Internet as of 2013 and six of Bieber’s music videos (more than any other artist) listed in the top 40 most disliked videos on YouTube. Bieber was frequently a trending topic on Twitter when the feature first launched because his fans frequently discussed him on the network, and he was named the top trending star on Twitter in 2010; Klout gave his account a score of 100. In April 2013, the social media analysis company Socialbakers concluded that 16.7 million of Bieber’s 37 million Twitter followers are not genuine.
Beliefs and relationships
Bieber has described himself as a faithful adherent of Christianity, said he communicates with God via prayer, and that “he’s the reason I’m here”. He reflected his faith in a music video with Brandon Burke, titled “#iPledge”, in which he talks about God’s forgiveness. He was baptized by Pentecostal Pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong Church New York, who is a close friend, on January 9, 2014, after a born again experience.
Regarding sexual abstinence, he told music magazine Rolling Stone, “I don’t think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them.” He added that he does not “believe in abortion”, and that it is “like killing a baby”; when asked about the case of abortion with regard to rape, however, he said, “I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.” His view on sexual orientation is quoted as “everyone’s own decision”, and he has contributed to the It Gets Better Project, a non-profit group aiming to prevent suicide among LGBT youth.
As Bieber resides in the United States, he is reported to possess an O-1 visa for temporary resident status, based on “extraordinary ability or achievement” in a field. Bieber has stated that he is not interested in obtaining US citizenship because of his view on America’s market-oriented health care system. He has praised Canada as being “the best country in the world” citing its government-run health care system as a model example.
Bieber’s father, Jeremy Bieber, is a former carpenter and pro-am mixed martial artist. In March 2014, Rolling Stone characterized Jeremy as having “split with Justin’s mom when Justin was a toddler, and wasn’t always around afterward. But he has, as of late, accepted a place of honor in his superstar son’s entourage”.
In December 2010, he began dating Selena Gomez. After separated in November 2012, they reconciled a few weeks later before split up again in January 2013. They reconciled for a few months in 2013, in 2014 and in 2015.
Endorsements, products, and philanthropy
Aside from his career as a musician, Bieber has ventured into the worlds of business and philanthropy.
Bieber endorsed Adidas, beside Derrick Rose and Venus Williams, in 2012. He became the new “face” and “body” of Calvin Klein in early 2015. In June 2015, Bieber teamed up with StarShop, a new shopping app launched by Kevin Harrington. He has bandwagoned four fragrances as of 2014. He launched his debut fragrance, Someday, in 2011; it grossed more than three million US dollars in sales, at Macy’s, in just under three weeks, which industry experts regard as a successful celebrity-led launch. On the heels of that 2011 best-seller, he launched his second fragrance, Girlfriend, in June 2012. His third fragrance, The Key, was launched in July 2013, and his latest fragrance, Justin Bieber Collector’s Edition, launched in 2014.
Bieber supports Pencils of Promise, a charity founded by Adam Braun, the younger brother of Bieber’s manager. The organization builds schools in developing countries, and Bieber became manager for the organization’s campaign in Guatemala. He serves as a celebrity spokesman for the organization by running ads for the charity and its campaign “Schools4All”. He promises to visit schools that donate the most funds to the organization. He takes part in the charity’s fund-raising galas and donates parts of the proceeds from his concerts and Someday line of fragrances, and various merchandising to the charity. He also appears in an animal welfare PSA for PETA encouraging people to volunteer at and adopt from animal shelters instead of buying pets from breeders or pet stores. In 2013, Bieber launched his online #GiveBackPhilippines campaign for helping the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and traveled to Philippines after raising $3 Million. His work for The Philippines earned him a star on the Walk of Fame Philippines. Justin Bieber endorses Beats By Dre and Best Buy. He also supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Alzheimer’s Association.
Legal issues and controversies
Bieber after his 2014 arrest in Miami, Florida
Bieber had several run-ins with the law around the world before his first arrest in 2014, including when he was accused of reckless driving in his neighbourhood in 2012, and charged in Brazil with vandalism in 2013. One of his neighbours in Calabasas, California, accused Bieber of throwing eggs at his home on January 9, 2014, and causing thousands of dollars of damage. On January 23, 2014, Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, together with singer Khalil on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), driving with an over six month expired license, and resisting arrest without violence. Police said that Bieber told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana, and taken prescription drugs. He has been released from these charges on a $2,500 bond, and lack of evidence beyond reasonable doubt as dictated in the United States court of law. A toxicology report revealed that Bieber had THC (a principal constituent of cannabis) and the anti-anxiety medication Xanax in his system at the time of his arrest.
Following Bieber’s arrest on the DUI charge, more than 270,000 persons petitioned the White House seeking to have him deported from the United States. Although the number of signatures received was sufficient to require a response under published White House guidelines, the Obama Administration declined substantive comment on the petition. Immigration Law expert Harlan York noted that the likeliness of Bieber being deported was extremely slim. York stated, “About a decade ago, the Supreme Court ruled that driving under the influence, typically, is not a basis to deport someone.”
On July 9, 2014, Bieber was charged with one misdemeanour count of vandalism in California for throwing eggs at his Calabasas neighbour’s home in January. Police earlier claimed that they had video footage of him high-fiving friends after the eggs were thrown. With him pleading no contest to the charge, the Los Angeles County Superior Court sentenced him on July 9 to pay US$80,900 in restitution, serve two years’ probation, complete twelve weeks of anger management, and five days of community service in what the district attorney termed a negotiated settlement. Since then, he has permanently moved to Beverly Hills, California after the incident.
On August 13, 2014, the January DUI case was settled with a plea bargain pleading guilty to resisting an officer without violence, and a lesser charge of driving without due care and attention. He has been fined with US$500 and sentenced to attend both a 12-hour anger management course, and a program that teaches about the impact of drunken driving on victims. As part of the plea bargain, he has made a US$50,000 contribution to Our Kids, a local children’s charity.
“I didn’t want to come off arrogant or conceited, or basically how I’ve been acting the past year, year and a half … although what’s happened in the past has happened, I just want to … be kind and loving and gentle and soft.”
Bieber reflects in a video posted in January 2015
On September 1, 2014, Bieber was arrested and charged with assault and dangerous driving near his hometown of Stratford, Ontario after a collision between a minivan and Bieber’s all-terrain vehicle on August 29. Ontario police said that he then “engaged in a physical altercation” with an occupant of the minivan. He was released shortly and his lawyer blamed the incident on “the unwelcome presence of paparazzi”. On September 8, Toronto dropped an assault charge against him originally brought up on January 29 for an incident with a limousine driver in December 2013. In November 2014, he was ordered to appear in Argentina within 60 days by a Buenos Aires court to give testimony on an alleged assault on a photographer on November 9, 2013. When he failed to do so, an arrest warrant was issued and two of his bodyguards were released in Argentina in April 2015.
In June 2014, a video emerged of a 15-year-old Bieber telling a joke about black people, which used the word “nigger” multiple times. In the same month, a second video showed a 15-year-old Bieber giggling as he croons his song “One Less Lonely Girl”, but parodying the main lyric as “One less lonely nigger”, and stating that if he were to kill one, he would be “part of the KKK”. He apologized the day the latter was released: “Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with.”
In July 2017, the Chinese government banned Justin Bieber from performing in China. A Chinese Bieber fan reached out to the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture requesting the reason for the ban. The Bureau released a statement, explaining “Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer”, and “In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers.” 
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Justin Bieber
Throughout his career, Bieber has sold an estimated 100 million records, making him the best-selling male Canadian artist and one of the world’s best-selling music artists. On November 23, 2012, Bieber was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper. He was one of 60,000 Canadians to receive the Diamond Jubilee medal that year. In 2013, Bieber received a Diamond award from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to recognize his single “Baby” as the highest-certified digital song of all time. Bieber has earned three Grammy nominations (including one win), two Brit awards, four NRJ Music Award nominations (including three wins), thirteen Billboard Music Awards, and numerous fan voted accolades which include eight American Music Awards and twenty Teen Choice Awards. He also has won eighteen MTV Europe Music Awards, which is the most awards received by a single artist to date.
On November 13, 2015, the release of Purpose marked his sixth album to debut at number one. He also became the first artist, since Elvis Presley in 2005, to replace his own song as number one on the UK Singles Chart. As of 2016, Bieber has received fourteen titles in the Guinness World Records, which include eight that were achieved from the success of his album Purpose and was featured in the 2017 Edition. These records included the most streamed track on Spotify in one week, the most streamed album on Spotify in one week, the most simultaneous tracks and most simultaneous new entries on the US Billboard Hot 100 by a solo artist, the first act to occupy all top three positions simultaneously on the UK Singles Chart, the most followers on Twitter by a male, the most viewed music channel on YouTube by an individual, and the most subscribers on YouTube for a musician by a male..
Main article: Justin Bieber discography
My World 2.0 (2010)
Under the Mistletoe (2011)
See also: Justin Bieber videography
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)
Men in Black 3 (2012)
Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)
Zendaya: Behind the Scenes (2012)
Justin Bieber’s Believe (2013)
Behaving Badly (2014)
Zoolander 2 (2016)
Killing Hasselhoff (2017)
Last edited 1 day ago by Flyer22 Reborn
Boyfriend (Justin Bieber song)
song by Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber videography
Content is available under CC BY-SA 3.0 unless otherwise noted.
Not to be confused with Khaled (musician) or Khalid (singer).
Khaled Mohamed Khaled (born November 26, 1975), known professionally as DJ Khaled, is an American record producer, radio personality, DJ, record label executive, and author. He previously went by the name Arab Attack, but changed it after the 9/11 attacks, as he did not want to appear insensitive. He was a radio host for the Miami-based urban music radio station WEDR “99 Jamz” and the DJ for the hip hop group Terror Squad. From 2004 to 2006, Khaled assisted in the production of the hip-hop albums Real Talk by Fabolous, True Story by Terror Squad, All or Nothing and Me, Myself, & I by Fat Joe.
DJ Khaled in 2012
Birth name Khaled Mohamed Khaled
Also known as
Beat Novacane Arab Attack
Born November 26, 1975 (age 41)
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Origin Miami, Florida, U.S.
Hip hop R&B
A&R record producer DJ radio personality rapper hype man
Turntables keyboards sampler
Years active 1998–present
We the Best Roc Nation Epic (current) Young Money Cash Money Terror Squad Republic Def Jam South E1 (former)
Ace Hood Big Sean Birdman Bun B Busta Rhymes Chris Brown Drake Fat Joe Future Jadakiss Jeremih Lil Wayne Meek Mill Nas Rick Ross Terror Squad T.I. T-Pain
In 2006, Khaled released his debut studio album Listennn… the Album. He went on to release We the Best (2007), We Global (2008), Victory (2010), We the Best Forever (2011), Kiss the Ring (2012) and Suffering from Success (2013). In 2009, Khaled became the president of record label Def Jam South and he is also the CEO and founder of We the Best Music Group. Khaled released his eighth studio album, I Changed a Lot, on October 23, 2015. In July 2016 he released his ninth studio album Major Key, and on June 23, 2017, his tenth studio album, Grateful, was released.
1975–2003: Early life and career beginnings
Khaled was born on November 26, 1975, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Palestinian parents who had immigrated to the United States. He has described himself as a devout Muslim. His parents were musicians and played Arabic music. Khaled started developing an interest in rap and soul music at a young age and his parents supported his interest. He took up work in a local record store which helped to lay foundations for his music career. His brother Alec Ledd (Alla Khaled) is an actor.
During his early career, Khaled got acquainted with several young artists and helped them before their breakthrough; these include Birdman, Lil Wayne, and Mavado. One of his first jobs was at the New Orleans record store Odyssey where he met both Birdman and Lil Wayne in 1993. After leaving Odyssey, he began DJing in reggae soundclashes, mixing dancehall and hip-hop. His first radio gig was on a pirate station. In 1998, he moved to Miami and co-hosted The Luke Show on WEDR “99 Jamz” with 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell. In 2003, he started hosting a weeknight radio show on 99 Jamz. During his career, Khaled has used many monikers including Arab Attack, Big Dog Pitbull, Terror Squadian (used during his time with the hip!hop group Terror Squad), Beat Novacane (a moniker under which he produces beats), The Don Dada, Mr. Miami etc. Khaled has stated that he used the moniker Arab Attack for music as in saying “attack with music”, but it was soon discontinued by him after September 11 attacks since he felt that using it would seem disrespectful and offending towards those who suffered due to the attacks.
2006–08: Listennn… the Album, We the Best, and We Global
On June 6, 2006, his debut album Listennn… the Album was released by Koch Records; it premiered on the US Billboard 200 chart at number 12. We the Best (2007) is his second album with singles “I’m So Hood” with T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Plies, and Rick Ross and “We Takin’ Over” with Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman, and Lil Wayne. “We Takin’ Over” peaked at number 28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 11 on the US Hot Rap Tracks chart and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on November 20, 2007. Khaled made a guest appearance on Birdman’s 2007 album 5 * Stunna on the single “100 Million”; which also features Rick Ross, Dre, Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne. That year, Khaled won two Ozone Awards: one for Best Video (“We Takin’ Over”) and another for Best Radio DJ.
In 2008, Khaled’s third album We Global came out with singles “Out Here Grindin” with Akon, Rick Ross, Lil’ Boosie, Trick Daddy, Ace Hood, and Plies, followed by “Go Hard” featuring Kanye West and T-Pain. RIAA certified the single “I’m So Hood” Platinum on June 4, 2008. That year, Khaled won DJ of the Year awards from the BET Hip Hop Awards and Ozone Awards. He was appointed the president of Def Jam South in 2009.
2010–12: Victory, We the Best Forever, and Kiss the Ring
His fourth studio album Victory was released on March 2, 2010. The album featured guest appearances from Drake, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Nelly, and more. The single “All I Do Is Win” featuring Ludacris, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, and T-Pain was certified as a double-platinum single. Other singles include: “Put Your Hands Up” featuring Ross, Young Jeezy, Plies, and Schife, and “Fed Up” featuring Usher, Drake, Ross, and Jeezy. The album had low sales and debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200.
DJ Khaled announced the title of the album, We the Best Forever, on Twitter. On August 19, Khaled signed to Cash Money Records along to Universal Motown, the album will be released under the label, also under E1 Entertainment, Terror Squad, Def Jam South, and Khaled’s own label We the Best Music Group, with confirmed guests as Fat Joe, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Cee Lo Green, Cool & Dre, Rick Ross, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nas, Birdman, Lil Wayne, T.I., Akon, Drake, and Nicki Minaj The first single titled “Welcome to My Hood”, featuring Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Wayne and T-Pain was released in January 13 of 2011, which was produced by The Renegades, and co-produced by DJ Khaled himself and The Nasty Beatmakers. The song is the first released under Cash Money Records and Universal Motown, a music video was filmed in Miami, Florida and directed by Gil Green, featuring cameos by Flo Rida, Bow Wow, Busta Rhymes, and other artists. The next single, “I’m On One”, featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, was released on May 20, 2011. DJ Khaled performed the song at BET Awards 2011 which aired on June 26, 2011.
On December 10, 2011, DJ Khaled announced the title of his next album, Kiss the Ring, via a video, with the release date as “coming soon”, presumed 2012. Guests on the album are T-Pain, French Montana, Future, Wiz Khalifa, Nas, Plies, Ace Hood, Kanye West, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Jadakiss, Kirko Bangz, Mack Maine, Tyga, T.I., J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., Mavado, Wale and many more. Khaled mentioned that he had a verse from someone very special which was later revealed as Scarface. The first single released was “Take It to the Head” featuring Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. The second single released was “I Wish You Would” featuring Kanye West and Rick Ross. Kiss the Ring was released on August 21, 2012. The third official single was “Bitches and Bottles” featuring T.I, Lil Wayne, and Future.
2013–15: Suffering from Success and I Changed a Lot
In January 2013, DJ Khaled announced that he had started working on his seventh album and that it was titled Suffering from Success. After going to a doctor due to a bald spot on his beard the doctor told him he was “suffering from success” which inspired the album title.
The first single from the album is titled “No New Friends” and features Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, along with production coming from Boi-1da and Noah “40” Shebib. On April 14, 2013 DJ Khaled released a promotional video for Suffering for Success and the first single “No New Friends”. The single was premiered the following day and released to iTunes of April 19, 2013. “No New Friends” has since debuted at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100. On June 10, 2013, it was announced that Suffering from Success would be released on September 24, 2013. On July 25, 2013, Khaled publicly “proposed” to fellow Cash Money artist Nicki Minaj via MTV. He supported his offer with a 10-karat diamond ring from Rafaello & Co., valued at about $500,000. Later, he reaffirmed his proposal in an interview with Power 106’s DJ Felli Fel, stating: “I ain’t a young boy no more. I’m on my thinking the future. I just had to be honest. I always liked her. She’s my friend, of course. And I like her. It’s more than a crush.” On July 29, 2013, in an interview with Funkmaster Flex, Minaj denied Khaled’s proposal, saying: “Khaled is my brother and Khaled was not serious with that damn proposal, ya’ll. Please let it go. He was kidding.” The same day, Flex premiered Khaled’s new single, titled “I Wanna Be with You” which featured Minaj, as well as frequent collaborators Future and Rick Ross. This lead some to believe that his proposal was a “publicity stunt” to promote his new single.
On April 28, 2014, DJ Khaled announced in an interview with MTV that Jay Z will be featured on his new single. The interview was noted due to Khaled “cursing, gesturing, and tossing the microphone to the floor in an effort to convey the importance and impact of the music he has coming this summer.” A few hours after that, he released the single called “They Don’t Love You No More”, also featuring frequent collaborators Rick Ross, Meek Mill and French Montana. The song will be on his eight studio album titled I Changed A Lot, which was released in 2015. The following day, “They Don’t Love You No More” was serviced to mainstream urban radio in the United States. On July 1, 2014, Khaled announced that he has partnered with Danish audio company Bang & Olufsen to launch his own brand of headphones, titled “We the Best Sound”. The brand is advertised in the video “They Don’t Love You No More.” On August 8, 2014, Khaled released the official artwork for the second single from I Changed A Lot entitled “Hold You Down” which features Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future and Jeremih, and is produced by Bkorn, Lee On the Beats and LDB. The single was released on August 11, 2014, along with a music video, directed by Gil Green. On November 3, 2014, Khaled released the remix to “Hold You Down” featuring Usher, Rick Ross, Fabolous, and Ace Hood.
On May 11, 2015, DJ Khaled revealed that he had parted ways with Cash Money Records, amicably. “I’m not signed to Cash Money at all. I’ve been off for a minute”, Khaled revealed. “It’s not that I’m here to promote that I’ve been off. That’s family. But, nah, it’s just We The Best. Nothing negative, everything’s beautiful.” On the same day, DJ Khaled released the third single off the upcoming album I Changed a Lot titled “How Many Times”, featuring Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Big Sean produced Bkorn, Lee on the Beats and OZ. DJ Khaled revealed that his long delayed album, I Changed A Lot, released on October 23, 2015 and also revealed the album’s artwork.
2016–present: Major Key and Grateful
On February 5, 2016, DJ Khaled premiered the debut his new We The Best Radio show on Beats 1 with the premiere of Future’s fourth studio album EVOL. On February 14, 2016, DJ Khaled announced that he would debut French Montana’s new mixtape on We The Best Radio. The Wave Gods titled mixtape premiered on February 19, 2016. On February 29, 2016, Khaled signed a management-only deal with Jay Z’s company, Roc Nation and announced his ninth studio album, Major Key, was going to be released in 2016, specifically on July 29, and has a lion on the cover. On June 3, 2016, Khaled released the first single off Major Key, “For Free” which is produced by the OVO team of Nineteen85 and Jordan Ullman. He also announced his album will feature Jay Z, Future, Kanye West, Big Sean, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross. He later released a track called “I Got the Keys” with Jay Z and Future, that premiered after the 2016 BET Awards.
On December 24, 2016, Khaled announced on Twitter that he’s working on his tenth studio album. In January 2017, he was seen in the studio on his Snapchat with potential collaborators, such as Chance the Rapper, Justin Bieber, Migos and Mariah Carey.
On February 9, 2017, DJ Khaled announced his tenth studio album titled Grateful and said that it was going to be released in 2017. On February 12, 2017, DJ Khaled released the lead single to Grateful titled “Shining” featuring Beyoncé and Jay Z on Tidal and iTunes.
He has made a cameo appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
In late 2015–16, a number of Snapchat videos of Khaled’s detailing his “key to success” received significant attention on the internet due to his larger-than-life persona, mainly popularized by the YouTube channel h3h3Productions. This newfound online recognition caused him to gain popularity; becoming an “internet phenomenon”, with some now describing him as a “living meme” or “meme in human form”.
Khaled is engaged to Nicole Tuck, who gave birth to their son, Asahd, on October 23, 2016.
In October 2016, he became the face of “Ciroc Mango” and starred in CÎROC’s new episode of “Let’s Get It” called “Let’s Get It: Khaled’s Odyssey”.
In 2016, he penned a book called The Keys, which included his opinions on success, real life stories, and mogul talk.
Main article: DJ Khaled discography
Listennn… the Album (2006)
We the Best (2007)
We Global (2008)
We the Best Forever (2011)
Kiss the Ring (2012)
Suffering from Success (2013)
I Changed a Lot (2015)
Major Key (2016)
This chart lists every artist who has appeared in at least three different albums by DJ Khaled (including bonus tracks and remixes). His most frequent collaborator is Rick Ross, who has appeared on 35 songs, among all ten of Khaled’s albums so far. Lil Wayne has appeared on nine, whilst Jadakiss has appeared on eight and Birdman has appeared on seven.[needs update]
Artist Listennn… the Album We the Best We Global Victory We the Best Forever Kiss the Ring Suffering from Success I Changed a Lot Major Key Grateful Total
Rick Ross ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 10
Lil Wayne ￼ ￼ [a] ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 9
Jadakiss ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 8
Birdman ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 7
Ace Hood ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 6
Big Sean ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 6
Fat Joe ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 6
Jeezy ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 6
Mavado ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 6
Plies ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 6
Akon ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 5
Bun B ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 5
Busta Rhymes ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 5
Chris Brown ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 5
Drake ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 5
Future ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 5
Nas ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 5
T.I. ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 5
T-Pain ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ [b] 5
2 Chainz ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 4
Fabolous ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 4
French Montana ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 4
Jay Z ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 4
Jeremih ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 4
John Legend ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 4
Meek Mill ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 4
Nicki Minaj ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 4
Trick Daddy ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 4
Wale ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ 4
Beanie Sigel ￼ ￼ ￼ 3
Boosie Badazz ￼ ￼ ￼ 3
Brisco ￼ ￼ ￼ 3
The Game ￼ ￼ ￼ 3
J. Cole ￼ ￼ ￼ 3
Jim Jones ￼ ￼ ￼ 3
Ludacris ￼ ￼ ￼ 3
Pitbull ￼ ￼ ￼ 3
Vado ￼ ￼ ￼ 3
Kanye West ￼ ￼ ￼ 3
Wiz Khalifa ￼ ￼ ￼ 3
^[a] Lil Wayne was featured on the original version of “Out Here Grindin” but his verse was removed from the album and video versions.
^[b] archived recording
Awards and nominations
2008, Best Music Collaboration (“I’m So Hood (Remix)”) with Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Birdman, & Rick Ross (Nominated)
BET Hip Hop Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2007 “We Takin’ Over” (with Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman, & Lil Wayne) Best Hip-Hop Collabo Nominated
People’s Champ Award Nominated
2008 “I’m So Hood (Remix)” (with Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Birdman, & Rick Ross) Best Collaboration Won
Himself MVP of the Year Won
DJ of the Year Nominated
“All I Do Is Win (Remix)” (featuring Rick Ross, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Jadakiss & Nicki Minaj) Reese’s Perfect Combo Award Nominated
“All I Do Is Win” (featuring T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross & Snoop Dogg) Best Club Banger Nominated
2011 “I’m on One” (featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne) Nominated
Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collab) Nominated
Best Hip Hop Video Nominated
Himself DJ of the Year Won
MVP of the Year Won
Hustler of the Year Won
“I Got the Keys” (featuring Jay Z & Future) Best Hip Hop Video Nominated
Best Collabo, Duo or Group Nominated
“For Free” (featuring Drake) Nominated
People’s Champ Award Nominated
I Changed a Lot Album of the Year Nominated
The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Khaled has 2 nominations.
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 “I’m on One” (featuring Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne) Best Rap/Song Collaboration Nominated
2017 Major Key Best Rap Album Nominated
2008, DJ of the Year (Won)
2007, Best Video, (“We Takin’ Over”, directed by Gil Green) (Won)
2007, Best Radio DJ (Won)
Content is available under CC BY-SA 3.0 unless otherwise note
Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez (born February 3, 1977), known by his stage name Daddy Yankee, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, rapper, actor and record producer. Ayala was born in Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was raised in the neighborhood of Villa Kennedy Housing Projects. According to the New York Times, he is known as the “King of Reggaetón” by music critics and fans alike.
Daddy Yankee in 2006
Born Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez
February 3, 1977 (age 40)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Singer songwriter rapper actor record producer
Years active 1991–present
Barrio Fino El Cartel: The Big Boss “Gasolina” “Rompe” “Limbo” “Despacito”
Spouse(s) Mireddys González (m. 1994)
Latin Grammy Award Billboard Latin Music Award Latin American Music Award ASCAP Latin Music Award
Reggaeton hip hop Latin pop
Vocals drums piano
Dream Team Killer El Cartel Los Cangris Machete Universal Interscope Geffen A&M Capitol Latin
DJ Playero Nicky Jam Don Omar J Alvarez Wisin & Yandel Arcángel Farruko Luny Tunes Natalia Jiménez Prince Royce Luis Fonsi
Ayala aspired to be a professional baseball player, and tried out for the Seattle Mariners of the Major League Baseball. Before he could be officially signed, he was hit by a stray round from an AK-47 rifle while taking a break from a studio recording session with reggaeton mix tape icon DJ Playero. Ayala spent roughly one and a half years recovering from the wound; the bullet was never removed from his hip, and he credits the shooting incident with allowing him to focus entirely on a music career. In 2004, Daddy Yankee released his internationally acclaimed single “Gasolina”, which is credited with introducing reggaeton to audiences worldwide, and making the music genre a global phenomenon. Since then, he has sold over 18 million albums. Daddy Yankee’s album Barrio Fino made history when it became the top-selling Latin music album of the decade between 2000–2009.
Daddy Yankee has received various awards and nominations throughout his career. As of April 2017, he has won 82 awards from 270 nominations since his raise to international fame in 2004. He has won a Latin Grammy Award, 2 Billboard Music Awards, 14 Billboard Latin Music Awards, 2 Latin American Music Awards, 8 Lo Nuestro Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and 6 ASCAP Awards. He also received a Puerto Rican Walk of Fame Star and special awards by People en Español magazine and the Presencia Latina at Harvard University.
Anthony Moses Davis (born 22 August 1973), better known by his stage name Beenie Man, is a Grammy award-winning Jamaican reggae dancehall recording artist. He is referred to as the world’s “King of Dancehall”.
Beenie Man performing in August 2008
Birth name Anthony Moses Davis
Also known as Ras Moses, The Doctor, The Girls Dem Sugar
Born 22 August 1973 (age 43)
Genres Reggae, dancehall, reggae fusion, ragga-soca
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, deejay, record producer
Years active 1979–present
Island Jamaica/PolyGram Records
Davis was born in the Waterhouse district of Kingston in 1973. He was involved in the music industry from a young age, starting toasting at the age of five, and was encouraged by his uncle Sydney Knowles, who played drums for Jimmy Cliff. He won the Tastee Talent contest in 1981, and Radio DJ Barry G introduced him to local sound system operators, who helped to establish the popularity of the young deejay, who became known as Beenie Man. He recorded his debut single, “Too Fancy”, with record producer Henry “Junjo” Lawes in 1981, with Lawes also including him on the 1983 album Junjo Presents Two Big Sounds alongside established stars such as Dillinger, Fathead, and Ringo. His debut album, The Invincible Beenie Man: The Ten Year Old DJ Wonder was produced by Bunny Lee and released in 1983, his first hit single following the same year with the Winston Holness-produced “Over the Sea”. In 1984 Beenie Man recorded some material with Barrington Levy (released ten years later), but his music career was put on hold while he finished school, and spent time travelling to the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada.
1990s return Edit
Beenie Man continued performing and honed his craft beside the then dominant dancehall figures including Ninjaman, Admiral Bailey and Shabba Ranks. He found his artistic home at the Shocking Vibes studio where he continued to record singles with only moderate success in the early 1990s. His career gained momentum after a performance at the Reggae Sunsplash festival in 1992, and a rivalry with Bounty Killer began the following year after Beenie Man was accused of stealing Bounty Killer’s style and catch phrases. The rivalry was captured on the 1994 album Guns Out, with the two artists settling the feud with a soundclash. Beenie Man had his first number one single in Jamaica in 1993 with “Matie” (Produced by Ephraim Barrett,Donovan and Dave Mills on the Shelly Power Records label) and he won the DJ of the Year Award the same year, the first of eight consecutive awards.
International stardom Edit
Partially as a result of prodding from his producers, Sly and Robbie, with whom he recorded cover versions of Bob Marley’s “Crazy Baldhead” and “No Woman No Cry” in 1994, the latter a Jamaican chart-topper, Beenie Man converted to the Rastafari movement, as did several of his contemporaries at the time, although in 2005 he stated “I have not converted. I was baptised an Ethiopian Orthodox and at the age of 10 I became a Judah Coptic.” In 1994, he was signed by Island Records and released the critically acclaimed album Blessed, which established his reputation internationally. In 1995 he toured the UK and joined up again with Barrington Levy to record an updated jungle version of Levy’s “Under Mi Sensi”.
In 1995, Beenie Man collaborated with Dennis Brown and Triston Palma to release Three Against War and Mad Cobra and Lieutenant Stitchie on Mad Cobra Meets Lt. Stitchie & Beenie Man. He also collaborated with Lady Saw on “Healing”, Sanchez on “Refugee”, and Michael Prophet on “Gun ‘n’ Bass”, further establishing his reputation. He took another step up the ladder in 1996, releasing the seminal Maestro, produced by Patrick Roberts and shot him to UK fame. During the period from the mid to late 1990s, Beenie Man dominated the Jamaican charts to the extent that he perhaps had a good claim to the crown of “Dancehall King”, a title only bestowed previously on Yellowman in the early 1980s. Beenie Man’s first real break into the United States came in 1997. He heard an instrumental rhythm by an unknown producer named Jeremy Harding, and demanded to add his voice to the rhythm. So this was the birth of his first international hit; he recorded “Who Am I” and the single quickly went Gold. It opened the doors for the world to see a new reggae star in the pages of Newsweek and other major media outlets. The same year, Beenie Man topped the Jamaican singles chart with seven different singles.
Beenie Man appeared as himself in the 1997 film Dancehall Queen.
In 1998, Beenie Man headlined Reggae Sunsplash and signed to Virgin Records to release albums in the United States. His first American offering was The Doctor (1998). During the late 1990s, Beenie Man began his conquest of America with the hits, “Romie”, “Who Am I”, and “Girls Dem Sugar”, which featured American R&B singer, Mýa. During this time he received an impressive number of international music awards including a MOBO Award for Best International Reggae Act in 1998, while remaining at the top of the local charts. In 2000, Beenie Man released Art & Life, which featured Arturo Sandoval and Wyclef Jean (The Fugees), for which received a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. In the same year he co-produced (with Wyclef Jean) the debut album by actor Steven Seagal. Beenie Man, like many dancehall artists, is outspoken on a number of social issues, as exemplified by songs such as “Steve Biko” and “Murderer”.
In 2002, he had a sizeable hit with a duet with Janet Jackson called “Feel It Boy”, but his biggest break in America came in early 2004 with the release of a remix of “Dude”, featuring guest vocals by fellow Jamaican Ms. Thing as well as rhymes by Shawnna. He thus cemented his fan base on both sides of the Atlantic.
He had hits in the UK in 1998 with “Who am I” (#10), in 2003 with “Street Life” (#13) and “Feel It Boy” (UK #9), a duet with Janet Jackson, and in 2004 with “Dude” (#7) and “King of the Dancehall” (#14).
He was also a judge for the 6th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists’ careers.
In April 2008 it was announced that Beenie Man was to co-write and star in the film Kingston. In October 2010 Beenie Man came out with the EP I’m Drinking Rum and Red Bull, which included four songs, “Im drinking Rum and Red Bull”, “I’m Okay”, and two versions of “Stack and Pile”. He later released the full album on 28 February 2011. “Im Drinking Rum and Red Bull” features Future Fambo. In September 2008 Beenie Man was cleared of charges of tax evasion.
In April 2009, Beenie Man signed with Brookland Entertainment, a new record label formed by Eric Nicks and The Trackmasters, in preparation to release his new album The Legend Returns, the music video for the release of his new single “Gimme Gimme” being shot in Canada on 18 April 2009. The song “Let’s Go” was released on the Overproof Riddim compilation album in 2011.
In 2014 Beenie Man and long-term rival Bounty Killer put aside their differences and recorded a single together, “Legendary”.
In 2015 Beenie Man recorded “Ghetto Youths Floss” alongside dancehall artist Demarco
In August 2015 Beenie Man recorded a collaboration track called “Sister Caro” with United States-based Nigerian Artiste “Henricci” that Pundits are saying is one of his best pieces of material in a long time.
His absence from the 2016 OVO Fest was attributed to combined attack of Zika Virus and Dengue.
Personal life Edit
Beenie Man married Michelle “D’Angel” Downer on 22 August 2006. Downer was previously known as long-time girlfriend to Bounty Killer. They had a son together, Marco Dean Davis, born in November 2006. In June 2007, Beenie Man separated from his wife due to her alleged infidelity. In March 2010, they released a duet single entitled “You Are My First”, although at the time they were separated. The couple divorced in 2011.
Anti-gay lyrics Edit
The lyrics to some of his songs have been criticised for inciting the murder of homosexuals. He was removed from the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards after protests by gay-rights activists. That same year, Beenie Man was stopped by police at Heathrow Airport in London, after the cancellation of a concert in the United Kingdom. He then issued an apology for the lyrics through his record company. In 2005, gay rights group OutRage! suspended their opposition to Beenie Man after he agreed not to play songs featuring homophobic lyrics, and he performed in London that year. The following year, he claimed his lyrics were anti-paedophilia, not against consensual homosexual relationships.
In 2007, it was reported that Beenie Man, along with several other artists, had signed the Reggae Compassionate Act, an agreement to cease performances of anti-gay material. He later denied that he had signed the act. As of 2010, protests have continued to cause cancellations of his concerts in some countries, including New Zealand, Belgium and the Netherlands.
In 2012, Beenie Man apologised to the gay community for his earlier homophobic lyrics: “Let me make this clear and straight. I have nothing against no one. I respect each and every human being, regardless of which race or creed, regardless of which religious belief you believe in, and regardless of which sexual preference you are, including gays and lesbian people. I respect all human…Please I am begging you do not have me up for some songs I wrote a long time ago. I love each and every one and am just begging each and everyone to do the same.” In other interviews, however, he was quoted making statements such as “I never apologized” and “I told them to leave us alone, to try to understand where we are coming from.” In 2015 prior to coming to New Zealand for a concert, GayNZ.com news site asked Beenie Man about the homophobic lyrics in his earlier songs. He hung up the telephone without answering.
Yellowman feud Edit
In 2006, veteran deejay Yellowman publicly chastised Beenie Man for his hit “King of the Dancehall”. Known as “King Yellowman” since the 1980s, the deejay took exception to Beenie Man proclaiming himself “king”, as well as comments Beenie made regarding his appearance. Regarding the title of “king”, Yellowman stated: “Him trying to make people feel like him was here before me, but him never deh here before me, because dem planning to do dem official crowning them claim say is an official crowning but dem a use some a di media as some of them organisation …”. Beenie Man made comments later that year in German-based Riddim Magazine, comparing Bounty Killer to Yellowman in appearance: “[Bounty Killer is] a great artiste and he’s ugly, too. He’s got a rough thing about him, Jamaicans like that from the Shabba Rankin’ days and the King Stitt days and the Yellowman days. They like ugly people.” Yellowman responded, “Him can diss me all him like, but him caan diss the Jamaican public. What kinda ting that him say inna Riddim magazine? If me ugly, him pretty, me know say me wear shirt, him wear blouse, me wear pants, him wear skirt.”
Stevland Hardaway Morris (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins; May 13, 1950), known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he is considered to be one of the most critically and commercially successful musical performers of the late 20th century. Wonder signed with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of 11, and he continued performing and recording for Motown into the 2010s. He has been blind since shortly after birth.
Wonder performing in 1973
Birth nameStevland Hardaway Judkins
Also known asStevland Hardaway Morris (legal)
Little Stevie Wonder (stage)
BornMay 13, 1950 (age 67)
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
Soul pop R&B funk jazz
Musician singer songwriter record producer multi-instrumentalist
Vocals keyboards harmonica drums
Associated actsElton John, Michael Jackson, PJ Morton
Among Wonder’s works are singles such as “Superstition”, “Sir Duke”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You”; and albums such as Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life. He has recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits and received 25 Grammy Awards, one of the most-awarded male solo artists, and has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the top 60 best-selling music artists. Wonder is also noted for his work as an activist for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a holiday in the United States. In 2009, Wonder was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In 2013, Billboard magazine released a list of the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists to celebrate the US singles chart’s 55th anniversary, with Wonder at number six.
Stevie Wonder was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1950, the third of six children of Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardaway, a songwriter. He was born six weeks premature which, along with the oxygen-rich atmosphere in the hospital incubator, resulted in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a condition in which the growth of the eyes is aborted and causes the retinas to detach; so he became blind. When Wonder was four, his mother left his father and moved to Detroit with her children. She changed her name back to Lula Hardaway and later changed her son’s surname to Morris, partly because of relatives. Wonder has retained Morris as his legal surname. He began playing instruments at an early age, including piano, harmonica and drums. He formed a singing partnership with a friend; calling themselves Stevie and John, they played on street corners, and occasionally at parties and dances.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:00, 21 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017
Often ranked the best player in the world and considered by many as the greatest of all time, Ronaldo was named the best Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football Federation, during its 100th anniversary celebrations in 2015. He was the first player to win four European Golden Shoe awards. One of the most marketable athletes in sport, in 2016 Forbes named Ronaldo the world’s best paid athlete. In June 2016, ESPN ranked him the world’s most famous athlete.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2017
Born and raised in central Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child. At age 13, he relocated to Spain to join Barcelona, who agreed to pay for his medical treatment. After a fast progression through Barcelona’s youth academy, Messi made his competitive debut aged 17 in October 2004. Despite being injury-prone during his early career, he established himself as an integral player for the club within the next three years, finishing 2007 as a finalist for both the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award, a feat he repeated the following year. His first uninterrupted campaign came in the 2008–09 season, during which he helped Barcelona achieve the first treble in Spanish football. At 22 years old, Messi won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award by record voting margins.
Three successful seasons followed, with Messi winning three consecutive FIFA Ballons d’Or, including an unprecedented fourth. His personal best campaign to date was the 2011–12 season, in which he set the La Liga and European records for most goals scored in a single season, while establishing himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer in official competitions in March 2012. He again struggled with injury during the following two seasons, twice finishing second for the Ballon d’Or behind Cristiano Ronaldo, his perceived career rival. Messi regained his best form during the 2014–15 campaign, breaking the all-time goalscoring records in both La Liga and the Champions League in November 2014,[note 3] and led Barcelona to a historic second treble.
P-Squareare a NigerianR&Bduo of identical twin brothersPeter OkoyeandPaul Okoye.They produce and release their albums through Square Records. In December 2011, they signed a record deal withAkon‘sKonvict Muziklabel.In May 2012, they signed a record distribution deal withUniversal MusicSouth Africa.
They later formed an a cappella quartet called “MMMPP” (M Clef a.k.a. Itemoh, Michael, Melvin, Peter and Paul). Drawing inspiration from their music idol Michael Jackson, they began break dancing, formed the group called “Smooth Criminals” in 1997. They dropped M Clef from the group “MMMPP” which later was changed to “MMPP”. Their artistic talent and precise dance routine soon made them household names in the city of Jos, where they performed at school functions and other occasions.
Later in 1999, Peter and Paul returned to music school to develop their skills on the keyboard, drums, bass and rhythm guitar. Their work includes the soundtracks for a number of films like Tobi, Mama Sunday, Moment of Bitterness and Evas River.
Later in 1999, they applied to the University of Abuja to study Business Administration. The Smooth Criminals disbanded when its members left to various other universities. Subsequently, Peter and Paul formed their own group, variously called “Double P”, “P&P”, and “Da Pees”, until they eventually settled on “P Square”. They are managed by Bayo Odusami aka Howie T, a seasoned concert promoter and the CEO of Adrot Nigeria Limited.
In 2001, “P-Square” won the “Grab Da Mic” competition, and hence Benson & Hedges sponsored their debut album, titled Last Nite, which was released under Timbuk2 music label. P-Square was also nominated as “Most Promising African Group” in the Kora Awards three months after the release of their debut album. They eventually won the 2003 Amen Award for “Best R&B Group”.
In 2005, they released their second album, Get Squared under their own label, Square Records. This album was marketed nationwide by TJoe Enterprises, although they were still managed by Howie T of Adrot Nigeria Limited. The video for the second album held the #1 position on the MTV Base chart for four straight weeks.
Late in 2007, they released their best selling album so far, Game Over. It has sold 8 million copies worldwide.
In 2009, P-Square released their fourth studio album, Danger. The album features collaborations with 2 Face Idibia, J Martins and Frenzy. The first single called “Danger” is a hip hop song with cutting synths and a frog bass baseline similar to an Eminem song. The video affirms this with the presence of clowns and staggered movements in front of the camera reminiscent of comical videos by Eminem. They are also known for the close resemblance which the twins have to American R&B singer, Usher Raymond.
On 4 April 2010, P-Square was named the Artist of the Year at the Kora Awards in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso while they were in London for a concert at the Troxy, and they will receive a sum of $1 Million Dollars as the award winners, in Ebebiyin City.
On 29 August 2014, P-Square released a single track featuring a top America Artist T.I. which P-Square titled EjeAjo producer by VTEK, EjeAjo official video featuring T.I.was also released 29 August 2014 on both TV stations, Radio Stations and Web blogs.
On 14 September 2014 P-Square released their 6th studio album titled Double Trouble .
On 8 October 2015 P-Square were given Range Rover SUVs from Globacom as Glo Ambassadors for their sponsorship of the #DanceWithPeter TV Radio entertainment programme. The programme brings dancers from around the world to showcase their talents for prizes.
On 24 February 2016 News of how Globacom decided not to renew its Ambassadorship deal with the duo, albeit renewing the contract with other Ambassadors hit the news. This was as a result of a fallout between the company’s representatives and Peter, one half of the P-Square twins during the grand finale of the Dance with Peter talent hunt show.
Deepika Padukone(pronounced [d̪iːpɪkaː pəɖʊkoːɳ]; born 5 January 1986) is an Indian film actress. One of the highest-paid actresses in the world, Padukone is the recipient ofseveral awards, including threeFilmfare Awards. She features in listings of the nation’s most popular and attractive personalities.
Alongside her acting career, Padukone participates in stage shows, has written columns for an Indian newspaper, is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products, and is vocal about issues such as feminism and depression. She has designed her own line of clothing for women and is the founder of The Live Love Laugh Foundation, which creates awareness on mental health in India.