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]