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Justin Bieber's highs and lows since his first single dropped six years ago

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Six years ago, Justin Bieber introduced himself to the world via his first single, 2009’s “One Time.” And since then, the world hasn’t been the same—in both good ways and bad.

Here’s a look at Bieber’s highs (platinum albums!) and lows (that egg-throwing incident!) in the six years since “One Time” first graced our radio stations.

2009
HIGH: Bieber’s debut EP My World reaches platinum in the U.S.
LOW: He meets President Barack Obama for the first time and greets him by saying, “What up, my dude!”

2010
HIGH: The video for Bieber’s “Baby” becomes the most viewed video on YouTube.
LOW: The video for Bieber’s “Baby” becomes the most “disliked” video on YouTube.

2011
HIGH: Never Say Never arrives in theaters Feb. 11 and debuts at No. 2 at the box office with an impressive (for a concert documentary) $29.5 million.
LOW: He cuts his hair. Fans weep.

2012
HIGH: Bieber releases his third studio album in June to some positive reviews—EW’s Kyle Anderson says it “works surprisingly well as a reinvention and a reintroduction”—and very positive sales: Believe debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and is later certified platinum in the U.S., double platinum in Canada and gold in the U.K.
LOW: Bieber’s string of legal troubles begins when he’s cited for reckless driving after being caught speeding in L.A.

2013
HIGH: Bieber gets his John Mayer on and releases Believe Acoustic, which is exactly what it sounds like—an acoustic version of the previous year’s Believe. The album lets Bieber’s vocals shine and eventually becomes Bieber’s fifth album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
LOW: Believe the album kills it—Believe the movie, not so much. Never Say Never’s sequel debuts with $2 million at the box office and only ends up grossing $6.2 million worldwide over its three-week run, much less than the $99 million Never Say Never made over its 13 weeks in theaters. In other news, his legal battles continue… and continue… and continue.

 

2014
HIGH: He launches a new fragrance.
LOW: After egging a neighbor’s house, Bieber is charged with vandalism and sentenced to two years’ probation. This incident becomes fodder for Bieber jokes worldwide, including in the teaser for Comedy Central’s 2015 roast of Bieber. (This same year, he’s also charged with assault—which he recently pleaded guilty to—and a DUI.)

2015
HIGH: Have you seen his carpool karaoke with Late Late Show host James Corden
LOW: Have you seen his butt?

 

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