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Justin Bieber Had Offers From Usher And Justin Timberlake

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Not too many brand new artists can boast that both Usher andJustin Timberlake wanted to sign them to record deals, but 15-year-old Canadianartist Justin Bieber can.

And now, it is clear why there was such strong interest inthe newcomer, who ultimately took up Usher's offer. In just 12 weeks, Justin haslanded two songs in the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

Justin's debut "One Time" just moved up to #21, but his latestsingle, "One Less Lonely Girl," enters the chart this week at #16.

Justin's appeal is undeniable. The teen girls scream for himlike he was a JoBro. He can play guitar, and has a nice, sharp, pure singingvoice that at times makes you think of a young Michael Jackson.

Three years ago Justin entered the Stratford Star singingcompetition in his hometown of Stratford, Canada. Hewanted to show his performances to his family members who were not able toattend. So he uploaded the videos to YouTube.

Even though Justin took second place in the competition, hegained even more notoriety from his viral video clips. Within seven months hewas contacted by Scooter Braun, a former marketing executive for JermaineDupri's So So Def.

Braun, who also signed Asher Roth, flew Justin to Atlanta. On Justin'sfirst day in Atlanta,he met Usher. But he didn't capture Usher's attention until the pop star sawJustin's online videos.

"A week later Usher flew me back to Atlanta," Justin explained. "I sang for himand his people, and he really wanted to sign me then and there but I still hada meeting with Justin Timberlake who also wanted to sign me."

Usher had the support of Island Records head L.A. Reid, soJustin's team decided to join the Islandroster that includes the likes of Kanye West, Rihanna, and Mariah Carey.

Justin's first single, "One Time," was written and producedby Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, whose credits include Rihanna's "Umbrella" andBeyonce's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)."

His album, "My World," is due out on November 17.

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