released Mar 23rd, 2010

from the album - Baby

YouTube - Justin Bieber - Baby ft. Ludacris

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Pop singer Justin Bieber was barely into his teens when he released his platinum-selling debut, My World, and became one of the 2009's youngest success stories. An Ontario native, Bieber had placed second in a local singing competition two years prior and began posting his performances on YouTube. The videos caught the attention of Scooter Braun, a talent agent and former So So Def marketing executive, who helped Bieber gain an impromptu audition with the R&B star Usher. Impressed by what he saw, Usher — along with Island/Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid — quickly signed the 15-year-old Bieber to a recording contract.

Bieber released his first single, "One Time," in May 2009. Supported by a popular video that featured an appearance by Usher, "One Time" went platinum in both Canada and America, a feat that was replicated later that year with the release of My World. The disc was technically an EP featuring only seven songs, but it reached number six on the Billboard 200 album chart and sold over a million copies. Less than a year after his debut, Bieber returned with the "second half" of My World, a ten-song release titled My World 2.0. Further demonstrating his and his management's marketing power, over 8,000 fans who pre-ordered My World 2.0 had their head shots used in a photo mosaic (formed to look like a portrait of Bieber) displayed on the back side of the disc's booklet.

album review

Within two months of release, My World went platinum and two of its singles hit the Top 20, making Justin Bieber an almost inescapable teen pop phenomenon. This ten-song disc, which follows its seven-song predecessor by just over four months, is intended to be the second half of his debut rather than a true follow-up. It’s a shrewd ploy that benefits his insatiable following — much of which could be into something else by 2011-2012 — and, in turn, his sales. The two releases are certainly of a piece, filled with upbeat R&B-flavored pop songs with a few ballads that might be termed adult contemporary if the singer happened to be of age. Bieber makes all the right, charming moves for a teen, and he covers all the bases. The dance-pop songs are light on the ears yet memorable; the unrequited material sounds deeply felt; the ballads have all the necessary us-against-the-world teen-love dramatics (though the references in “Stuck in the Moment,” featuring Bonnie & Clyde and Sonny & Cher among other doomed couples, make zero sense on a song voiced by a peppy 16-year-old in 2010). As with My World, everything is age-appropriate. “She says she needs a little company,” sung with the slightest wink in the eye, is as racy as it gets, and even then, Bieber projects an image that is utterly harmless.

Track Listing

1. "Baby" (featuring Ludacris) Justin Bieber, The-Dream, Tricky Stewart, Christina Milian T. Nash, C. Stewart, C. Milian 3:36
2. "Somebody to Love" J. Bieber, Jonathan Yip, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Heather Bright The Stereotypes 3:42
3. "Stuck In the Moment" J. Bieber, J. Yip, J. Reeves, R. Romulus & Dan Rigo The Stereotypes 3:43
4. "U Smile" J. Bieber, Jerry Duplessis, Arden Altino, Dan Rigo J. Duplessis, A. Altino 3:17
5. "Runaway Love" J. Bieber, Melvin Hough II, Rivelino Wouter, Timothy Thomas & Theron Thomas Melvin Hough II 3:33
6. "Never Let You Go" J. Bieber, Johnta Austin, Bryan-Michael Cox B. Cox 4:26
7. "Overboard" (featuring Jessica Jarrell) J. Bieber, Midi Mafia, Dapo Torimiro, Taurian Shropshire Midi Mafia, D. Torimiro 4:11
8. "Eenie Meenie" (with Sean Kingston) J. Bieber, Carlos Battey, Steven Battey, Kisean Anderson Benny Blanco 3:23
9. "Up" J. Bieber Nasri Atweh & Adam Messinger The Messengers 3:55
10. "That Should Be Me" J. Bieber, Nasri Atweh, Adam Messinger & Luke Boyd The Messengers 3:53