Graphic: Bieber Versus Bieber
When Justin Bieber burst onto the scene in 2009, he was an uncontroversial, shaggy-haired, prepubescent 15-year-old. He’d been discovered on YouTube by some big music stars, and with his debut single ‘One Time,’ he was, for a brief moment, a shining example of young Canadian talent. The Stratford, Ont., -raised singer quickly became the most famous person on the planet.
Since his humble beginnings, Bieber sold out a Madison Square Garden concert in 22 minutes, amassed nearly three billion YouTube views, sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, and became the focus of intense public scrutiny. From ‘Baby’ to ‘Boyfriend,’ mop-hair to gel-hair, purple hoodie to leather, dog tag to gas mask, the evolution of Bieber from ‘cuddly’ to ‘gnarly’ in these short four years has gripped the world. Which Bieber do you prefer?