It must be tough growing up in the public eye, with numerous rites of rebellious passage documented in cyberspace eternity – something Justin Bieber is becoming all-too-familiar with, having courted controversy during a trip to Brazil.
The Canadian popstar is in danger of being fined after pictures appeared in local media showing Bieber painting a wall. So far, so innocuous, but defacing buildings is a crime in Brazil punishable by up to one year in jail or a fine.
Lucky for Bieber, officials described the case involving the star as “a minor offence” but Brazil’s civil police force said Bieber had still been charged with “defacing a building or urban monument by graffiti or other means”.
It was later revealed that Bieber had authorization from Rio’s City Hall to paint at a sports facility nearby, but members of his entourage claim he chose a different location to avoid his fans.
Police then argued the consent did not extend to any other places. In short, everyone’s arguing.
Either way, this symbolizes the cherry on top of a trip in which the teenage idol has been accused of swearing at photographers, was seen leaving a seedy nightclub (if you know what we mean) and was kicked out of Rio’s most prestigious hotel, or so says the BBC.
Also, let’s face it: this isn’t the first time the pop star has been a controversial 19 year old this year, after showing up astonishingly late to a London concert in March, and leaving a message in a guestbook at the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam, saying that he hoped the Holocaust victim would have been a fan – “a belieber”, in poor taste.
Bieber was also said to be bedding down with a prostitute last week when a video circulated on YouTube showing a young lady filming the Biebs sleeping. The pop star’s rep said there was no validity to this. The women was not a hooker, but instead a innocuous party guest who was sneaking out the following morning. As for what is true, who knows, but the whole situation was definitely creepy.
If all of this weren’t enough to make Bieber feel the Brazilian love, he got pelted with a water bottle earlier in the week. Granted this has happened before back in 2009 so you’d think he’d have his dodging skills down by now. Not the case. He responded to the whacking by glaring at the crowd then storming off the stage. While a bit funny, I do wonder who shells out the cash to go see Justin Bieber only to hurl water bottles at him. I’d think there would be more satisfying ways to spend your evening.
Twitter has become a bit of a currency for celebrities these days. They seems to pin their self worth based on how many followers they can scrounge up on the social media network. Not only are musicians no different, they seem to be leading the charge. Of the top ten accounts with the most Twitter followers, seven of them are musicians. Obama, Instagram and YouTube are the only non-note spinners.
While the popularity of musical heavyweights like Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Kary Perry is without question, we do have to take a hard look at those lofty numbers and wonder if they are exactly legit. We did some digging into the musicians who fill out Twitter’s top 20 and found some with as few as 16% real followers as well as some whose fake followers hit 55%. We also ran the numbers to determine who the real Twitter leaders were in music by analyzing valid Twitter accounts. It shakes up more than you’d think. We also include some interesting factoids on the fake Twitter trade.
Notice: the Twitter data was gathered in May 2013
Pop phenomenon Justin Bieber is adored by millions of fans willing to spend hundreds of dollars for a single ticket to his show. That love fest may have tapered down slightly after allegations of misrepresented ticket availability surfaced in late September. Documents acquired by Nashville’s NewsChannel state that, of the 13,783 tickets supposed to be available for Bieber’s January 18th concert at Bridgestone Arena, only 1,001 was made available to the general public. The number of tickets available is a number prospective attendees should be aware of, mainly so they can decide whether it’s worth it to alter plans so they can click ‘submit’ on Ticketmaster at a very specific time. But it raises another, more important question: is Justin Bieber selling his own tickets on the aftermarket?
The 12,782 tickets that went “missing”, and were never available on Ticketmaster, were made available to several for-pay memberships, Justin Bieber’s management, and assorted VIPs. About half of the tickets went to American Express customers, who are allowed access to the pre-sale. 3,000 were purchased by Bieber’s fan club, whose members pay an annual fee of $99 for the opportunity. Essentially, 93% of the venue was taken by fans already paying Bieber for a staff-run fan club, or (even worse) a credit card company. If that wasn’t bad enough, the dozen or so tickets usually reserved for Bieber’s family and friends were being re-sold at a price several times their original value on resale site TicketsNow for $216 to $246. Rather than allowing the general public access to these tickets at a fair price, Bieber and management opted to put them on a ticket resale site, an enemy of musicians that prefer their fans to see them live without spending a large portion of their monthly rent. At least most of Bieber’s fans are still living with their parents, so that conflict has yet to arise for them.
Bieber is not alone among artists in this ticket distribution conundrum, and that is most alarming. Artists like Taylor Swift and Bruce Springsteen have faced similar hurdles. Springsteen has had many squabbles with Ticketmaster over their ineptitude to distribute tickets properly, including an incident last January when Ticketmaster’s servers were overloaded by ticket-grabbing bots, rendering the general public mostly unable to purchase tickets for his worldwide “Wrecking Ball” tour. Springsteen also had issues with Bieber reseller TicketsNow in 2009, when Ticketmaster redirected customers there to purchase tickets. “We condemn this practice,” Springsteen said in a letter posted on his site in 2009, clearly critical of Ticketmaster, TicketsNow, and similar sites. The event actually encouraged U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) to introduce the BOSS Act, hoping to regulate Ticketmaster and ticket resellers so that the general public would not face similar lockouts. The act has not received enough exposure to pass, though Pascrell said he will re-introduce the bill to Congress in early 2013.
While Springsteen actually fought the practices of ticket resellers, Bieber and Taylor Swift seem to be taking advantage of them. Similar to Bieber, Swift only made 1,600 tickets available for the general public at her 2009 Nashville show, according to documents obtained by WTVF. Dean Budnick, author of Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped, finds the evidence indisputable that Bieber is scalping his own tickets. “I think if one takes a deeper look at the situation and the context, one can understand why he’s doing it,” he told WTVF. “But nonetheless that is what’s going on.” Ticketmaster’s response to the allegations have been shaky at best, stating they have no control of what artists do with their own tickets, but also refusing to provide detailed information about ticket availability to the public. The ones benefitting from this situation are ticket sites like Ticketmaster and TicketsNow, but also artists like Bieber and Swift that are reluctant to stand up and fight for their fans. As they profit handsomely from a highly exploitable ticket system, artists like these have no financial incentive to make it easier on their fans. It makes one yearn for the days when Ticketmaster didn’t exist, and diehard fans were rewarded for camping out all night to buy tickets for their favorite artists. But that’s just nostalgia now.
Justin Bieber’s massive tour behind his most recent album Believe already was scheduled through January of next year, and now the pop star has announced new dates that will keep him on the road in North America into next summer.
The first new date will take place June 22 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, and Bieber is scheduled to stay on the road at least through an August 10 show at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Other cities the singer will hit include Los Angeles, Las Vegas Denver, Dallas, Des Moines, Chicago, Boston, Toronto and Tampa. Many of the cities will host two Bieber shows.
Believe is Bieber third studio album, and was released in June of this year. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart and has gone on to be certified platinum in the U.S., selling more than 1 million copies. The first single from the album, “Boyfriend,” set a record by debuting at number one on iTunes in 32 countries. The video for that song has been viewed more than 44 million times on YouTube.
Justin Bieber was recently in the news for not making any news when he failed to earn any Grammy nominations for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards that will be held early next year. After he was not nominated for any awards at the televised nominations concert last week, his manager Scooter Braun voiced his displeasure on Twitter.
“The kid deserved it,” Braun tweeted. “Grammy board u blew it on this one. The hardest thing to do is transition, keep the train moving. The kid delivered.”
However, Bieber seems to be looking toward the future, and recently tweeted that he is already working on a new album.
“been writing a lot…new stuff…and yeah. The acoustic album, new arrangements, is happening… #withdankanter,” he tweeted last week.
The nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards were announced Wednesday night at a primetime concert special broadcast from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, and there were quite a few surprises on the nominations list.
One of the biggest surprises was the absence of any nominations for Justin Bieber, who released his third studio album this June. Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun quickly took to Twitter to voice his displeasure.
“I just plain DISAGREE,” he wrote on his Twitter account. “The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one.” The following day, he took to Twitter again to explain his comments.
“I wasn’t mad, just voicing my opinion,” he wrote. “I saw a lot of chatter online and made a comment. I don’t think there was anything wrong with any other nomination. I just felt Justin deserved to be acknowledged.”
A slew of artists tied for the most nominations with six. These include Mumford and Sons, fun., Dan Auerbach (of the Black Keys), Kanye West, Jay-Z and Frank Ocean. The latter, a member of the Odd Future collective is perhaps the most surprising of the top nominated artists. His breakthrough solo album Channel Orange was released in July.
Newcomer Miguel picked up five nominations this year, including Song of the Year for his hit “Adorn.” “American Idol” Kelly Clarkson was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for her 2011 effort Stronger.
Many were surprised that Bruce Springsteen received no nominations for Wrecking Ball, his well-received 17th studio album that was released earlier this year – but this year’s nominations trended toward being awarded to younger artists. These included Carly Rae Jepsen who racked up two nominations for her massive summer hit “Call Me Maybe”: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
The nominations concert was hosted by Taylor Swift and LL Cool J, who opened the night with a duet performance. Other artists performing during the event included Maroon 5, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry.
Justin Bieber was the uncontested big winner at last night’s American Music Awards, taking home three prizes including Artist of the Year.
The 18-year-old also won for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Album for Believe at the Los Angeles ceremony, which marked the 40th anniversary of the AMAs.
“This is for all the haters who thought that maybe I was just here for one or two years,” Bieber said during his acceptance speech for the Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Award. “I feel like I’m going to be here for a very long time.”
For his second win of the night (Favorite Pop/Rock Album), he brought his mother onstage with him.
“She’s little but she’s beautiful,” he said. “I’m just so blown away right now. Thank you for always believing in me.”
In between performances and acceptance speeches by today’s top stars, the awards show also showed footage from previous year’s performances to celebrate the 40-year birthday of the AMAs. Classic footage featured Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, N*SYNC and many more.
Other winners included Bieber’s fellow Canadian pop star, Carly Rae Jepsen, who took home the trophy for Best New Artist, thanks largely to her hit “Call Me Maybe.”
“Oh my goodness, thank you so much!” Jepsen said when accepting her award from the recently reunited Backstreet Boys. “To the fans, I am floored, thank you! Scooter, Braun, Justin Bieber – my friends, my family, my boyfriend. Thank you so, so, so, so much – wow!”
Other winners included Taylor Swift, who took home the award for Favorite Country Female Award for the fifth year in a row.
“This is unreal, and I want to thank the fans, you guys are the ones who voted on this and you have made this such an amazing couple of weeks for me with Red coming out,” she said. “I’m really happy right now and it’s all because of you.”
This year, the festivities will be spread over two nights for the first time in the history of the event. The first will take place on December 1 and feature a headlining set by Swift, while the second will be headlined by Bieber and take place on December 3. Both will be held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
The first night will also feature appearances by Ne-Yo, Ellie Goulding, OneRepublic, Wonder Girls featuring Akon and a “surprise superstar band.” Along with Bieber, the second night will feature Flo Rida, The Wanted, Ke$ha, fun., Afrojack, Owl City, Zedd and Psy, known for the worldwide sensation “Gangham Style.”
Ryan Seacrest announced this year’s event on his morning show on KIIS FM, and promised that the shows will be hosted by “some of the hottest Hollywood celebs.” He did not, however, elaborate on who those celebrities will be.
Both Swift and Bieber will have new albums to support at the Jingle Ball, and Swift’s fourth album, Red, is due out next week on October 22. The first single from the album, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” was released on August 13 and became Swift’s first single to hit the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The album also features two duets, one with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and another with English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.
Bieber’s most recent album, Believe, was released in June of this year. It is his third studio album. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart and at the time had the biggest debut sales week of any album released in 2012. However, Mumford and Sons later had a higher first week sales total with their sophomore album, Babel.
The “Call Me Maybe” sensation Carly Rae Jepsen has announced that she will join Justin Bieber as the very special guest for the “Believe” tour this fall.
The two will take the same stage beginning September 29 at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz. The extensive arena tour is scheduled to run through early 2013, and the last show of the trek is at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on January 26, 2013. The tour will be presented by AEG Live.
Jepsen’s rise to the mainstream has been extremely quick, and much of that has to do with Bieber himself. Earlier this year, Jepsen was a relative unknown, best recognized for finishing in third place on the 2007 season of “Canadian Idol.” But when Bieber, a fellow Canadian, was at home visiting family and happened to hear “Call Me Maybe,” that “relative unknown” status changed almost immediately.
First, Bieber tweeted to his 22 million followers about the song. “‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepsen is probably the catchiest song I’ve ever heard. Lol,” he tweeted. The song, and subsequently Jepsen, gained an even bigger profile when a video of Bieber, Selena Gomez and Ashley Tisdale lip-synching the song was uploaded to YouTube. That video gathered over 40 million views, and soon many others like Katy Perry and James Franco were uploading similar clips.
“All of a sudden people were direct-messaging me from Germany and all over the world,” Jepsen recently told Rolling Stone about her newfound fame. “It was crazy.”
In the same interview with the magazine, Jepsen also spoke about how she is often perceived to be younger than her 26 years.
“The youngest I’ve heard so far is 18, and it’s always extremely shocking to me,” she said. “I don’t feel like I look 16, and I hope I don’t carry myself like I’m 16. It’s always nice for a woman to hear she looks younger than she is. I try to take it as a compliment.”
To support his upcoming third studio release, Justin Bieber has announced a very extensive North American tour that will begin this fall and run into early 2013.
Bieber will kick off the trek on September 29 in Glendale, Ariz. and the tour is scheduled to run through January 26, 2013 when it will close out with a performance in Miami, Fla. In between those dates, Bieber will visit arenas in just about every region of North America, and will hit cities including Los Vegas, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Memphis, New York, Toronto, New Orleans, Nashville, Atlanta and Orlando.
Throughout that time, Bieber will be on the road fairly consistently, though he will take a break between his December 1 show at the Rogers Arena in Canada and a January 5 show at the EnergySolutions Center in Salt Lake City. YouTube sensation Carly Rae Jepsen is expected to provide support for all of the shows.
A press release notes that one dollar from each ticket sold will benefit the Pencils of Promise charity. According to the statement, the organization “works to build schools and increase educational opportunities in the developing world. The goal is to build 15 schools around the world for needy children.
The tour will support Bieber’s next album, Believe, which is set to be released June 19 on Island records. The album contains the Canadian pop singer’s current single, “Boyfriend,” which debuted at number one on iTunes in a record 32 countries. The video for the song has garnered more than 44 million views since it was released on May 3.
The album will follow Bieber’s most recent album, Under the Mistletoe. As the name would suggest, the record is a collection of Christmas songs and was released last year. Bieber’s last non-holiday collection was his 2010 debut, My World 2.0. That album was preceded by the EP, My World.
Justin Bieber will take a paternity test in two weeks hoping to prove that he is not the father of a child a fan claims is his.
The woman, Mariah Yeater, claims that Bieber fathered her four-month-old child during an incident backstage after one of the pop star’s shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Bieber has maintained that he has never met the women since the charges were made public.
Bieber currently is in Europe promoting his recently released Christmas album, and will take the paternity test when he returns to the United States on November 17.
In a statement, Bieber’s manager, Matthew Hiltzik, said, “We’ll vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to protect Justin and to hold those involved with bringing this suit accountable for their actions.”
A lawyer for Bieber told TMZ that if the test proves that Bieber is not the father, then the singer plans to sue Yeater. Additionally, if Bieber turns out to be the father of the child, Yeater reportedly could face statutory rape charges since Bieber would have been 16 at the time of the alleged incident, and the legal age of consent in California is 18.
While in Europe, Bieber attended at the MTV Europe Awards held in Ireland on Sunday. He won the “Best Male” and “Best Pop” awards during the ceremony.
The aforementioned Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe, was released on November 1. The album contains Christmas classics like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and “Silent Night,” as well as new songs like “Only Thing I Ever Get for Christmas,” which was co-written by Bieber himself. Many stars appear on the album, including Usher, Boys II Men, Busta Rhymes and the Band Perry. Mariah Carey joined Bieber for a duet of her 1994 Christmas song, “All I Want for Christmas is You.”