If it seems like everyone has had Bieber Fever for the past few years, that’s because the Canadian moptop singer with the 10,000-watt smile — first name Justin, as if you didn’t know — has taken over the pop-music world. If you doubt it, just check out the shrieking throngs of fans who will storm downtown Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena on Saturday and Sunday for a pair of shows.
At the tender age of 15, the Beeb’s seven-song EP My World hit No.1 on The Billboard 200 and quickly went platinum, and he became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Hot 100. At 18, Bieber has released three full-length studio albums, and all of them topped the chart. Funny, though, he’s never had a No.1 single — even his well-known hits Boyfriend and Baby made it only to No.2 and 5, respectively. He has been named the American Music Awards’ Artist of the Year twice, however, and was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy in 2011.
Of course, when you become a worldwide phenomenon (Bieber has even performed for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle), the hype that surrounds you extends way beyond the music: Basically, you can’t do anything without making headlines. Here’s some of the more notable non-music stories that has surrounded Bieber over his short career.
Jan. 1, 2013: A paparazzo is struck by a car and killed in West Los Angeles while pursuing photos of Bieber’s white Ferrari. Bieber was not in the car.
Nov. 21, 2012: Prosecutors opt not to file charges against Bieber after finding insufficient evidence that he punched and kicked a photographer outside a movie theater near his home in Calabasas, Calif., a month earlier.
Nov. 14, 2012: A judge dismisses counts filed under California’s anti-paparazzi law against photographer Paul Raef, who was charged in July with being involved in a high-speed pursuit of the pop star along a San Fernando Valley freeway.
Oct. 10, 2012: Bieber tweets that some of his belongings, including a laptop, were stolen during a show in Tacoma, Wash. Suggestions soon surface on the Internet that the story was a publicity stunt, prompting Bieber’s publicist to issue a statement insisting the theft really happened. A police investigation was inconclusive.
Sept. 30, 2012: Bieber vomits twice onstage during a concert in Glendale, Ariz. The video goes viral.
July 13, 2012: A woman sues Bieber for $9.2 million claiming she suffered permanent hearing loss at his concert in Portland, Ore.
July 6, 2012: Bieber is cited for speeding on a Los Angeles freeway. He told police he was being chased by paparazzi.
May 28, 2012: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators question Bieber after he reportedly scuffled with paparazzi who tried to photograph him and girlfriend Selena Gomez as they left a movie theater.
Oct. 31, 2011: A San Diego woman files a paternity suit against Bieber, claiming he fathered her baby boy during a tryst when the singer was 16. Bieber called the claims “crazy.”
Aug. 30, 2011: Bieber is involved in a minor car accident in his Ferrari in Studio City, Calif.
May 7, 2011: Bieber agrees to record a public service announcement against cyberbullying to resolve criminal charges against his manager and a record executive after an autograph signing caused a fan frenzy at a New York mall in 2009.
March 3, 2011: A lock of Bieber’s hair sells for $40,000 on eBay.
Dec. 9, 2010: Barbara Walters prophetically includes Bieber in her 10 Most Fascinating People TV special.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.