Justin Bieber Passes Lady Gaga, Launches Charity Effort

Here’s a social media statistic that (if true) is particularly pertinent for Justin Bieber: he just passed up Lady Gaga to become the first person to ever have over two billion video views. Lady Gaga reached one billion back in 2010. This is especially relevant as Bieber got his start on Youtube when his mom began uploading vides of him singing back in 2007, when he was 12. More proof that Bieber is, in fact, like any teenager: His mom still knows what’s best.

Although now he’s thinking about things that most teens won’t ever have to worry about – like how to raise money for his charity drive. He released his Christmas album – Under the Mistletoe – today, to coincide with the launch of the charity drive. Bieber’s initiative will benefit seven organizations with which he has worked before. Meanwhile, pre-sale figures show Under the Mistletoe selling 164,000 copies already.