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The Year in Review 2012 -- Justin Bieber: Music Cred for a New Music Mogul

Image courtesy of Island Def Jam (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Island Def Jam (via ABC News Radio)

2012 was the year that Justin Bieber became a man, physically and musically.  Not only did he turn 18, but he also released the most mature album of his career.  His third full-length studio album, Believe , finally earned The Bieb some musical cred.

Moving away from the teen pop stylings of his earlier albums, Believe earned solid reviews, incorporating dance and R&B sounds that had many comparing it to Justin Timberlake's Justified . Believe became Justin's fourth #1 album, but more importantly, it contained hit singles that garnered major radio airplay -- something which had eluded the singer previously.  "Boyfriend,"  "As Long as You Love Me" and "Beauty and a Beat" were all top 10 hits.  Believe also featured what Justin called his "Billie Jean" -- a song about Mariah Yeater , the woman who accused him of fathering her child.

2012 also featured Justin's debut as a star-maker. Back home in Canada on a break, he fell in love with a super-catchy song he'd heard on a local radio station.  It was "Call Me Maybe," by ex- Canadian Idol finalist Carly Rae Jepsen. After tweeting about how much he liked it, he wondered why Carly didn't have a U.S. record deal, so he and manager Scooter Braun gave her one.  A video featuring Justin and his pals lip-synching to the song set off a worldwide craze, and soon, Carly Rae had the biggest hit of the year.  When he kicked off his sold out Believe tour, Carly Rae was his opening act.

2012 also saw Justin launch his second fragrance, Girlfriend, win the American Music Award for Artist of the Year, and star in his own NBC special.  And let's not forget the headlines he grabbed when he and his girlfriend Selena Gomez broke up -- and then appeared to get back together again.  So what if he didn't get nominated for a Grammy, and some crazy dudes in New Mexico planned to murder him?  2013 also looks bright for The Bieb: his tour continues and he plans to release an acoustic album in January.

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