Usher has chosen his first artist for his Island/Def Jam label: 15-year-old Justin Bieber. The prodigy has virtually usurped YouTube, with his cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” receiving almost four million hits. In fact, Bieber’s total hit count on YouTube exceeds 38 million. His first official music video, “One Time,” depicts Bieber getting some PG-rated action by the pool.
Bieber’s album, My World, is slated for release this year. The-Dream and Midi Mafia have collaborated with him on it thus far. Bieber plays guitar, keyboard and drums–and his voice would get him straight to American Idol finals.
Usher was 15 himself when LA Reid signed him. [Billboard]