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Get to know Drake and Justin Bieber, Canada's new pop superstars.

Get to know Drake and Justin Bieber, Canada's new pop superstars

Canadian musicians Drake, left, and Justin Bieber are both finding huge audiences south of the border. ((Getty Images))

Canada has exported its fair share of high-profile musical talent -- the Guess Who, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Michael Buble and Nickelback among them. The latest Canucks to hit it big are a couple of young turks who are barely old enough to shave: Drake and Justin Bieber.

Not familiar with these top-40 upstarts? Here's a crib sheet.


Justin Bieber


Toronto Stratford, Ont.


23 15

Also known as

Aubrey Graham (his birth name), Drizzy, Mr. Graham JB, Just (short for Just Waiting for My Voice to Break)

Biggest single

Best I Ever Had (number two, U.S. Hot 100; number 24, Canadian Hot 100) One Less Lonely Girl (number 16, U.S. Hot 100; number 10, Canadian Hot 100)

Name of debut album

Thank Me Later (due out February 2010) My World (released Nov. 17)

Music style

Inoffensive hip-hop Inoffensive hip-pop

Vocal style

A swaggering yet laid-back flow reminiscent of Kanye West  Pinched crooning reminiscent of Britney Spears on Auto Tune


Bald taper fade Moppet top


Hip-hop behemoth Lil' Wayne R&B hearthrob Usher

Previous claim to fame

Played Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation Posted cover of Chris Brown's With You on YouTube, and got a call — not from Brown's lawyer but from the singer himself

Target demographic

Girls who wear tracksuits, thugs who like Degrassi Suburban tweens, soccer moms, Ellen DeGeneres

Lady-lovin' lyrics

"Sweat pants, hair tied, chillin' with no make-up on / That's when you're the prettiest, I hope that you don't take it wrong / You don't even trip when friends say you ain't bringin' Drake along / You know that I'm working, I'll be there soon as I make it home" (Best I Ever Had) "When I met you girl, my heart went knock-knock / Now them butterflies in my stomach won't stop-stop / And even though it's a struggle, love is all we got / And we gon' keep-keep climbing to the mountaintop (One Time)

Canadian pride

For an interview in Fader magazine, Drake took the journalist to visit his bubbe at the Baycrest home for seniors in north Toronto. Embarked on a Canadian mall tour in which he performed exclusively in outlets of the homegrown clothing chain Urban Behaviour.