Poo Bear

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Poo Bear
Birth name Jason Boyd
Also known as
  • Poo Bear
  • PooBear
  • The Big Brown Poo
Born Connecticut, U.S.
Origin Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation(s)
  • Songwriter
  • record producer
  • vocal producer
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts
Website poobearmusic.com

Jason Boyd, better known by his stage name Poo Bear,[1] is an American songwriter, record producer, and vocal producer. He is best known for being one of Justin Bieber's main collaborators, having co-written many of Bieber's hits (including "Where Are Ü Now", "What Do You Mean?", "PYD", "Hold Tight" and "All That Matters"), and for co-writing the song "Caught Up" from Usher's Diamond-certified album Confessions.

Early years[edit]

Boyd was born in 1979 in Connecticut. He moved with his mother to Atlanta at age 9, after a tornado left them homeless.[2] His first career breakthrough came from working with R&B group 112, for whom he composed the songs Dance With Me and Peaches & Cream.[3]

Career[edit]

After his success with 112, in the early 2000s Boyd worked with artists Blu Cantrell and Jill Scott.[4] In 2004, Usher's album Confessions was released, containing the single Caught Up, which Boyd co-wrote with Ryan Toby and producers Dre & Vidal. The album was certified Diamond by the RIAA, selling over 10 million copies in the US,[5] and is largely considered as one of the best albums of the decade.[6][7][8] Caught Up was the fifth single released from the album, peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100

For the rest of the 2000s, Boyd continued to work with many of the top artists in R&B and Hip-Hop, including Big Boi, Ameriie, Ludacris, and Chris Brown.[9]

While in Las Vegas in January 2013, Boyd was introduced to Justin Bieber through rapper Lil Twist and other friends of Bieber's. The two bonded over similar upbringings and tastes in music, and traveled the world together while working on music for Bieber's album. During this time, Boyd eschewed working with other artists, devoting his time exclusively to Bieber.[10] He co-wrote the majority of the songs on Bieber's albums Journals and Purpose, including No Pressure (where he is also credited as producer), PYD, All That Matters, and the double-platinum selling singles Where Are Ü Now (#8 Billboard Hot 100) and What Do You Mean? (#1 Billboard Hot 100).

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Dance
[11]
AUS
[12]
BEL
[13]
BRA
[14]
CAN
[15]
CZE
[16]
IRE
[17]
POR
[18]
SCO
[19]
SWI
[20]
UK
[21]
"Would You Ever"
(with Skrillex)
2017 16 42 8 61 36 69 73 52 63 55 Non-album singles
"Will I See You"
(featuring Anitta)
29

Guest appearance[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Salvage (Up All Night)"[22] 2017 Galantis The Aviary

Songwriting credits[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Dance With Me" 2001 112 Part III
"Peaches & Cream"
"Round Up" 2003 Blu Cantrell Bittersweet
"My Petition" 2004 Jill Scott Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2
"Work It Out" Carl Thomas Let's Talk About It
"Caught Up" Usher Confessions
"My Chrome" 2005 Big Boi Got Purp? Vol. 2
"Lovin' This"
"Just Like Me" Amerie Touch
"Sleep On It" Danity Kane Danity Kane
"Work" 2007 Kelly Rowland Ms. Kelly
"Comeback"
"I Can Transform Ya" 2009 Chris Brown Graffiti
"What I Do"
"Fallin Down"
"I Don't Wanna Care Right Now" 2011 Lupe Fiasco Lasers
"Beautiful Lasers (2 Ways)"
"Coming Up"
"Bitch Bad" 2012 Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1
"All That Matters" 2013 Justin Bieber Journals
"Hold Tight"
"Recovery"
"Bad Day"
"All Bad"
"PYD"
"Change Me"
"Swap It Out"
"Where Are Ü Now" 2015 Purpose
"What Do You Mean?"
"Mark My Words"
"Company"
"No Pressure"
"Life Is Worth Living"
"Children"
"Purpose"
"Little More (Royalty)" Chris Brown Royalty
"Black and White (Interlude)" King Los GodMoneyWar
"What Are We Here For" 2017 Trey Songz Tremaine The Album
"2U" David Guetta featuring Justin Bieber Non-album singles
"Angel" Fifth Harmony
"Is That For Me"
(with Anitta)
Alesso

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Songwriter Poo Bear: Justin Bieber's New Album Is His 'Thriller'". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Poo Bear, Speaking Softly and Carrying a Bieber Comeback". nytimes.com. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Jason Boyd". discogs.com. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Jason Boyd". discogs.com. 
  5. ^ "Usher's 'Confessions' Album Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales". billboard.com. 
  6. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of The Complex Decade". uk.complex.com. 
  7. ^ "Usher's Confessions-The R&B record that defined Generation Y". revolt.tv. 
  8. ^ "Best of the 2000's". billboard.com. 
  9. ^ "Jason Boyd (page 2)". discogs.com. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Poo Bear, Speaking Softly and Carrying a Bieber Comeback". nytimes.com. 
  11. ^ "Skrillex - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  12. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Skrillex & Poo Bear - Would You Ever". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  14. ^ "Billboard Brasil: 11 de setembro de 2017". Billboard Brasil. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  15. ^ "Skrillex - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  16. ^ ds. "Čns Ifpi". Ifpicr.cz. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  17. ^ "IRMA - Irish Charts". Irma.ie. 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  18. ^ Steffen Hung. "Skrillex & Poo Bear - Would You Ever". portuguesecharts.com. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 2017-09-08. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  20. ^ Steffen Hung. "Skrillex & Poo Bear - Would You Ever". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  21. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 2017-09-08. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  22. ^ Galantis (September 14, 2017). "Galantis - Salvage (Up All Night) feat. Poo Bear (Official Audio)". YouTube. Retrieved September 15, 2017.