Today marks a very special day for Beliebers as #6YearsOfOneTime trended worldwide on Twitter. Yes, it’s been SIX years since Justin Bieber burst onto the music scene with his floppy fringe in tow, at the tender age of 15.
‘One Time’ was Justin’s first music video, and was uploaded onto YouTube on the 24th of November, 2009. It currently has over 429 MILLION views which is beyond incredible. It’s hard to believe that the cute little kid we first saw six years ago defied all odds and grew into the worldwide superstar that we know and love today.
Justin Bieber is not to everybody’s taste. He will never be able to please everyone but you know what, with his massive army of Beliebers by his side, who cares? Before continuing, let me just point out that I am not a Belieber myself, I am merely an outsider to the bubble, however I just so happen to really appreciate Justin’s music.
He’s been the subject of controversy countless times in the press, yet they very rarely comment on the positive things he does alongside his music and this is very frustrating. As with a lot of celebrities, his ‘good side’ is seldom mentioned however his charity work includes supporting Pencils of Promise, Comic Relief and Make-a-Wish Foundation amongst many others.
Justin’s not a saint, but he’s not a bad person either. He’s displayed questionable behaviour on many occasions – in fact his lyrics in Sorry just sum it up:
“I know you know that I made those mistakes maybe once or twice, by once or twice I mean maybe a couple a hundred times.”
Perhaps Biebs will continue to be cast as a ‘bad boy’ and cause controversy for years to come but at the end of the day, not to excuse his ‘bad behaviour’, but not everyone copes with the pressure of fame as well as each other. Since he first appeared on the music scene, he has been catapulted into fame at 1000 miles an hour – that 15 year old boy in the One Time video had to grow up pretty quickly, all for the public eye to see.
Talking about his album, Justin recently said that after growing up in the spotlight for most of his life, he lost his purpose for a little while, but has found it again. “The significance of my album Purpose is basically just to let people know that whether you lost your purpose, or you don’t feel like you have a purpose, it’s really important you find it.”
Whether you’re a fan of the Biebs or not, you cannot deny that he is one talented singer and songwriter. Every single track on his latest album Purpose carries a writing credit for Justin. He has also just broken a 51 year record by The Beatles, and now carries the achievement of “the most titles that any artist has placed on the chart in a single week.” 17 of his album tracks are now in the chart, beating The Beatles’ record of 14.
Six successful years in the music industry is no mean feat, and despite any bad press, Justin continues to stand tall with his army of loyal fans beside him, whilst also universally appealing to people across the globe. If I had a £1 for every “Justin Bieber needs to stop dropping bangers because it’s making me become a Belieber” tweet I’ve seen recently, I’d have almost as much money as Biebs himself!!
These days, it’s considered ‘easy’ to get a number 1 if you have a massive following behind you like Justin’s. However to remain at number 1 week in, week out shows that your music has touched a nerve with many more people outside of your actual fanbase. Justin became the first male artist since 1980 to have three top five songs at the same time on the UK Singles Chart last week! The fact that he is also the youngest male artist to secure 6 #1 albums in history on the Billboard 200 chart speaks for itself.
His talent is unquestionable – he makes millions of people across the world happy with his music and as one of the most influential stars of today, his music will become a legacy in years to come. Some people say that it’s not cool to like his music, as they still think of him as the little boy we first saw six years ago, but times have changed. Justin’s music has grown with him, and tracks like ‘What Do You Mean?’ and ‘Sorry’ are dominating charts and airwaves alike – many people have been pleasantly surprised by the music he is releasing now.
In all honesty, people should cut him some slack, take away any controversies and Justin is actually a nice guy, with a great sense of humour (two words: Carpool Karaoke) and a good heart. He may have lost his ‘purpose’ but he’s back on top form and should be so proud of what he has achieved.
He has grown so much, both musically and as a person, in the last six years and it’s so weird to look back at One Time and see where it all began for Justin. His boyish looks, ‘playing games with Ryan’, the girl that EVERYONE wanted to be, the coolest party on the block and being busted by Usher at the end- I’m pretty sure that fifteen year old boy would never have imagined in his wildest dreams what the next six years would hold for him.
Here’s some of the best #6YearsOfOneTime tweets, celebrating the music video that allowed Justin to live his dream.
— ???? (@baddiexsari) November 24, 2015
— ?JUSTINS KIND HEART? (@smilebeth1994) November 24, 2015
— inês from chanel ??? (@Inesbelieber28) November 24, 2015
Here’s to you Justin Bieber, and to another six (and more) successful years in the business.
Take a look at the One Time video below.