Happy Birthday Justin Bieber: How The Singer Went From Pre-Teen Star To Bankable Musician


It isn’t just that hair that’s come a long way since 2009



Justin Bieber was a YouTube star before he released his own album in 2009. Since then, the singer has changed his look, his sound and his overall image. There might have been a few bumps on the road, but the soon-to-be 23-year-old is without a doubt now one of music’s most popular acts.


Justin Bieber in 2009: A Fifteen Year Old With Potential

In November 2009, Justin released My World, his debut extend play that was the first half of a two-part project. It was completed in 2010 with the release of his first studio album My World 2.0. At that point, Justin was a boy in his teenage years and, while he showed potential, a lot of his bankability relied on collaborations with some of music’s best. But hey, who doesn’t need some mentoring in the early days of a career? You have to walk before you can run. 



And who can forget that hair? We couldn’t even if we wanted to.


Justin Bieber in 2012: More Dance, Less Bangs

In his third studio album, Justin began to change up his music. He went from the upbeat tunes of Baby and turned things around with Beauty And A Beat. He added dance-pop elements, as well as contemporary R&B. And even music critics agreed that it was necessary to shed the image of a 15-year-old that made little girls squeal. 



He also cut his hair. There was uproar and fans cried. Literally cried.


Justin Bieber in 2015: He Had Everyone Singing Along

And then it became obvious that Justin was no longer a boy, he was a man. His image changed drastically as he loaded up on the tattoos the shirtless photos and the hits. Purpose introduced the world to Sorry, What Do You Mean? and Love Yourself, thus proving he had successfully made a 180 from teen pop star to actual musician. Justin turned even the non-Beliebers into believers. 



Justin Bieber in 2017: A Mystery We Can’t Wait To Solve

It is unclear at this point what kind of music Justin will be making in the months and years to follow, but if there is anything he’s proven, it’s that he’s sticking around. And, honestly, we can’t want to see and hear more.








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