Originally posted on Mashable  |  Last updated 1/23/12
Whether you love or despise 17-year-old international pop star Justin Bieber, you have his mom to thank (or blame) for thrusting him into the spotlight five years ago this month. On Jan. 19, 2007, Pattie Mallett uploaded a video of her son performing Ne-Yo’s “So Sick” in Stratford, Ontario to Bieber’s YouTube channel — kidrauhl. Rap star Usher signed Bieber to a record label the following year in 2008. Since then, Bieber has taken the social media world by storm, attracting millions of followers across many networks. Bieber has 16.7 million Twitter followers and 39.4 million Facebook “Likes” and he’s just warming up. Google Chrome recently chronicled Bieber’s impressive reach and presence on Google and YouTube in an ad below. The YouTube-star-turned-mega-celebrity most recently made a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show where he endorsed a gadget for robotic toys company TOSY. SEE ALSO: YouTube in 2011 — How Its Busy Year Affects You For a quick glimpse at Bieber’s h...
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