When we’re talking about Justin Bieber, what’s the first song that comes in your mind? I’m sure many of you will be saying his hit song “Baby.” That same song has just celebrated its fifth year in the music industry and is duly recognized by Bieber’s many fans.
On Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, Justin Bieber’s fans took to the social media to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the release of Bieber’s “Baby” music video on VEVO. Earlier that day, fans took the chance to post of their congratulations and favorite Bieber photos and moments, under the hashtag #5YearsOfBabyMusicVideo.
The catchy song debuted at no. 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, as well as no. 3 in the Canadian Hot 100. Its music video was directed by Ray Kay and featured Ludacris, who wrote the song along with Bieber, Christina Milian and The-Dream. It was then released on VEVO on Feb. 19, 2010. By July 2010, the MV became the ‘most viewed Youtube video’, until Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video dethroned it in November 2012.
In May 2013, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) officially recognized “Baby” as the highest certified digital single in U.S. music history. It was then awarded a diamond status after going Platinum for 12 times. As a result, it actually unseated Elton John’s 1973 Double-A “Candle in the Wind/ Something About The Way You Look.” By this time, the video garnered 3.9 million track sales and about 876 million views in VEVO.
A month later, Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun presented Bieber his Diamond Award during his “Believe” concert tour in New Jersey. Braun relived his first meeting Bieber and thanked the audience for their support. He then read the award’s written inscription: “The Diamond Award presented to Justin Bieber in recognition of ‘Baby’ for 12 million in sales, making ‘Baby’ the No. 1 most certified song ever in U.S. music history. Congratulations.” Bieber accepted the award and thanked his fans, his mother and the dancers and band onstage with them.
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