Justin Bieber By the Numbers: 18 Key Stats From His Music Empire and Beyond
1:25 PM PST 3/1/2012 by Rebecca Ford, Sophie Schillaci, Erin Carlson
Justin Bieber celebrates his 18th birthday on March 1. The singing sensation, who rose to stardom in 2007 when he was discovered by now-manager Scooter Braun based on his music profile on YouTube, has built a music empire in just three short years. Among his many accomplishments are hit records, a movie, an autobiography, and even talking dolls made in his likeness.
283,000: Number of copies of My World 2.0 that sold in the first week
In 2010, My World 2.0's opening frame became Bieber's best sales week, surpassing his previous high, when the first My World sold 157,000 copies over Christmas week of 2009. Then 16 years old, he became the youngest solo male artist to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since Aug. 24, 1963, when a then-13-year old Stevie Wonder spent one week at No. 1 with Little Stevie Wonder/The 12 Year Old Genius.
Sponsorships and Endorsements
$3 million: The amount Bieber received for his two-year deal with Proactiv in 2010, just one of his many endorsements
In 2011, Bieber was named to Forbes’ Celebrity 100 Newcomers thanks to a laundry list of endorsement deals on top of staggering record sales, a worldwide tour and merchandise. In addition to ramping up publicity for his own product endorsements – Someday perfume and Nicole by OPI nail polishes -- Bieber has been spotted shilling for companies including Proactiv, and even appeared in a Super Bowl spot for Best Buy.
18: Number of straight weeks Bieber’s autobiography Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story was on the on the NYT children's bestseller list
Bieber’s autobiography was released by HarperCollins in October 2010. It was the 9th bestselling children's hardcover of the year despite being out for just 10 weeks.
$500,000: Amount Bieber donated to Canada's Children’s Wish Foundation after performing a charity fundraising concert in Toronto in December
From auctioning off a guitar to earmarking profits from his perfume, Bieber has been active in several charities over the years of his young life. During the holidays, Bieber donated $10,000 to the Stratford Food Bank -- where he and his mother sometimes turned for help in the past -- as well as a guitar to be auctioned off for another food bank in Winnipeg. He encourages fans to donate to the Pencils of Promise campaign, run by his manager Scooter Braun's brother Adam.
17.8 million: Number of followers on Twitter
Bieber is topped only by Lady Gaga in the Twitterverse. On YouTube, where the young superstar got his start, Bieber’s official channel has 1.5 million subscribers. In the Facebook realm, the 18-year-old is “liked” by more than 40.8 million users.
$3 million: Amount made by Bieber's perfume, Someday, in less than a month
While many fans may not be able to meet Bieber in real life, there's plenty of official Bieber merchandise to fill their lives. From dolls to apparel and toys, there's no shortage of Bieber merchandise, sold officially by BravadoUSA. Bieber released his own perfume, Someday, on June 23, 2011. Additionally, Hallmark is releasing a line of 48 birthday cards (coinciding with the music sensation's 18th birthday) beginning in April.
286.7 million: Number of views on Bieber's debut single "One Time" on YouTube
The video shows the young pop star playing video games and hosting a house party at Usher’s swanky pad. His mentor even makes a brief cameo at the end of the clip.
5: The highest spot on the Billboard Hot 100 reached by a single by Bieber
Shockingly, Bieber has yet to notch a No. 1 single on the Hot 100, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t held an impressive presence. In total, Bieber has sent 21 entries to the Billboard chart with two entering the Top 10. “Baby,” his highest charting single, reached No. 5. On the albums front, Bieber has had three releases hit the coveted top slot on the Billboard 200: Under the Mistletoe, Never Say Never: The Remixes and My World 2.0, which stayed put for four weeks at No. 1.
My World Tour
$44 million: The amount grossed by Bieber's massive tour, My World Tour
Bieber has had only two tours, despite his status as a worldwide superstar. The first, in 2009, was a small tour sponsored by Urban Behavior with only five Canadian stops on the tour. His second tour, My World Tour, was a massive, seven-leg tour with about 130 shows.
'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never'
$98.4 million: The worldwide gross for Bieber's concert documentary, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
In 2011, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never hit theaters, inciting teenage screams around the globe. Directed by Jon M. Chu, the film took fans behind-the-scenes of Bieber’s world tour. While it wasn’t loved critically, the movie went on to gross $73 million domestically and $25 million abroad. Paramount’s music doc eventually surpassed Michael Jackson'sThis Is It to become the most successful concert-themed movie at the domestic box office.
4: Number of music instruments Bieber plays
Justin Bieber, who is left-handed, learned to play guitar at a very young age, and on a right-handed guitar. "Beause that was all my mom had in the house," he told ABC's Nightline. "I picked it up left-handed. My mum would switch it the other way. And I would switch it right back to the other way and try to play. It was difficult, because it's backwards. My mom, I think it was for my birthday, she bought me a left-handed guitar."
2: Number of collaborations he's had with mentor Usher
Bieber and his mentor Usher first sang together on the hit remix for "Somebody to Love." They reunited for the single "The Christmas Song" off Bieber's Christmas album in 2011. Among the many artists Bieber has collaborated over the years are Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Sean Kingston and Ludacris.
$100,000: The amount one toy company paid to change a Bieber doll’s haircut after the singer chopped off his moptop
Toy maker The Bridge Direct dished out major dough to correct the hairstyles of its Bieber dolls after the star snipped his shaggy 'do last year. "First off, I had no idea what he did," Bridge Direct CEO Jay Foreman told Toy News. "I heard a lot of shrieks around me, and people running in and out of their offices. "I got everyone into a conference room and we looked at some images. We weren't sure what he had done. Then it became obvious that his trademark was gone."
3: Number of Grammy nominations
0: Number of Grammy wins
Bieber has been nominated for three Grammys, but has yet to win. He’s been nominated for five American Music Awards, and has won four, including artist of the year in 2010. He’s won two MTV Video Music Awards honors, and out of his 11 Billboard Music Awards nominations, he’s won six.
12: Months since Justin Bieber went public with girlfriend Selena Gomez
The singer put an official stop to months of are-they-or-aren't-they gossip when he took Selena Gomez as his date to the Vanity Fair's super-VIP Oscars afterparty in February 2011. They were photographed looking more-than-friendly, thereby setting the celebrity media outlets into a frenzy and cementing the couple's status as young Hollywood's "It" couple. They've since gone on vacation together to such romantic locales as Hawaii, where they were spotted in various displays of PDA.
2: Number of episodes of CSI that Bieber appeared on as the character Jason McCann
Bieber has spent some time on the small screen, as well. He's appeared in two episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and when he appeared on Saturday Night Live as the musical performer, he also had a role in two skits. He's also made plenty of cameos as himself on shows including True Jackson, VP, and So Random!
NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
8: Points Bieber scored in 2011's NBA Celebrity All-Star Game
Justin Bieber took home a trophy in February 2011 when he was named MVP of the NBA's Celebrity All-Star Game, despite playing for the losing team. The singer made eight points, four assists and two rebounds for the West team, which lost the game 54-49.
Under the Mistletoe
210,000: Sales in the first week for Bieber's holiday album, Under the Mistletoe
Under the Mistletoe was the first Christmas set by a male artist to debut at No. 1 in the 55-year history of the chart and just the eighth holiday album to hit No. 1. Susan Boyle's 2010 album The Gift is the only other Christmas effort to open atop the list.