According to celebrity and brand social media tracker Starcount, Miley Cyrus has started 2014 at the top of the popularity list. The buzz she has generated is a carryover from last year, when she completely revamped her entire personal brand, shocking audiences worldwide.
When R&B artist Usher dropped by Ellen DeGeneres’ show recently, Ellen just had to bring up Justin Bieber into their conversation because it was Usher, after all, who introduced the then 15-year-old Bieber to US audience first through Ellen’s show (and then the world). So anyway, Ellen was just about to tell Usher about Justin’s recent misadventures and she said the word “young,” to which Usher pointed out by saying, “Keyword, you started with ‘young.’”
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He continued, “In this day and age of social media, there is no privacy, and that kind of trial and elimination period is kind of done in front of the camera… Many other celebrities are products of it, and some come out bad and some come out good.”
“I don’t look at it as a negative though. I look at it as a teenager—a teenager having to live his life in front of a camera,” he added, before trying to turn the tables around by telling Ellen to imagine herself in Justin’s situation and being surrounded with cameras as a teenager, to which she quipped, “It would’ve been fantastic.”
The problem with Usher labeling Bieber as a teenager is that it discounts his (JB’s) actions; it generalizes Bieber’s actions into some sort of petty misbehavior without consequences. He’s 19, which is legally makes him an adult. And the fact that Usher said that he and Scooter [Braun] (Justin’s manager) talk and stay in contact with Bieber as much as possible only leaves one to wonder even more how he could still be committing all these missteps despite their guidance.
34-year-old Usher also said they, “hope that in his [Bieber’s] transition, as friends and family who has helped him be who he is, that he’ll continue to just mature.” To which I’d like to say, “Well, I hope that he matures pretty soon, for their (and everybody else’s) sake.”
Virginia R&B singer Devin Copeland (aka De Rico) and songwriter Mareio Overton have sued Usher and Justin Bieber for copyright infringement of Somebody to Love for at least $10 million.
In 2008, the song, which was a collaboration by the two, was recorded for Copeland’s album My Story II and was issued a copyright registration number that same year by U.S. Copyright Office. The duo claims that Bieber’s song has similar beat patterns, time signature, title, chords, lyrics and guess what, the chorus.
They say that scouts from the label presented the song to Usher back in 2009 and that he made a demo for his 2010 album before doing a remixed version this time with Bieber on backup vocals. Bieber, who released his debut album, had his own version of the song, with Usher singing as backup. It peaked at 15th spot on US. Billboard charts then became certified platinum later on.
The lawsuit is the second copyright infringement controversy after Will.i.am’s track Let’s Go featuring Chris Brown which the Black Eyed Peas member made a statement that he sampled the track from the original song.
After the success of his collaborative single Scream & Shout with Britney Spears, Black Eyed Peas co-founder will.i.am now enlists the help of pop/dance superstar Justin Bieber to take his new track That Power to the same heights. The song is the fifth single to come off of will.i.am’s forthcoming album #willpower, which is set for release on April 9th and sign under Interscope Records.
First thing one will notice about That Power is its thumping beat can either be great or bland, depending on the listener. Will.i.am however is confident that it’s the former, saying, “it’s the beat that makes this song for me and why I think it’ll do well.”
The second thing would be the Bieb’s attempt to sample some of the lyrics from Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. On the other hand, for will.i.am, there’s really nothing quite out of the ordinary; it’s as classic a will.i.am track could ever get. It’s pretty much the same formula, which seems to be working for him so far, but I hope for his sake he’ll be able to eventually come up with something that sounds different and new.
Together, both artists’ careers would’ve already sold more than 50 million albums and 100 million singles in total. With that kind of figure, you can’t blame anyone for thinking that this collaboration would be a viable summer smash hit.
Canadian pop idol Justin Bieber has just released a new single and accompanying it is a lyric video that his fans can watch so they can easily sing along. The announcement was preceded by a few tweets to hype up the release before it finally came out on February 26.
The Hit-Boy-produced track also features Drake, Bieber’s long-time friend and fellow Canadian, who not only lent his voice to the song but also is actually the one who wrote it. No doubt that he’ll also be appearing in the track’s music video, the release date of which is yet to be determined.
Like some, I was also kind of surprised about this announcement considering that it’s from one of his prior albums, which is Believe (released on June 2012), because usually when an artist releases a single it’s from their most recent one. In this case, we were expecting something from his album Believe Acoustic. But anyway, enjoy listening to the song as you watch the lyric video below.
There’s no doubt that Justin Bieber really felt bad about being snubbed at the Grammys, and just like anyone who has just been in an embarrassing situation, the last thing you need is someone to rub it in your face with a clever remark, pretty much like what Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney did after the band took home a couple of Grammys (Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance) on Sunday.
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Carney made the remark on Monday after he was confronted by TMZ’s camera crew as he was leaving Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont. He was asked about what he thinks of the 18-year-old pop singer being snubbed by the award-giving body. “I dunno. He’s rich, right?” Carney responded. “Grammys are for like music, not for money… and he’s making a lot of money. He should be happy,” he added.
The following day (Tuesday), Bieber tweeted, “the black keys drummer should be slapped around haha”
the black keys drummer should be slapped around haha
I guess he added the “haha” at the end probably to make it sound like he’s just joking and not look like he was really affected by what the BK drummer said but we what’s really up, don’t we, JB? After being shut out of the Grammys and failing to conduct a live video stream with his fans on the same night, we couldn’t blame you for feeling stingy.
Justin goes shirtless in a short apology video and unleashes a new song called You Want Me in exchange for his unsuccessful Ustream broadcast.
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Fans were unhappy for not being able to chat with their idol, as he had promised on Sunday, February 10. Interestingly, the young pop superstar scheduled a live stream on the same night as the 2013 Grammy Awards was set to unfold. JB decided not to go to the Grammys after he was excluded from the event as a nominee.
Apparently, the live stream crashed from too many viewers. Justin posted on his Twitter:
Bieber then posted a video on Telly, where he announced that he would release a new song:
“So um I’m sorry that my UStream didn’t work or my live stream didn’t work, but I’m going to do a video right now so that I can play you guys some of my new music and maybe get my little brother and sister out here because they’re with me right now. I’m on vacation, that’s one of the reasons I have really slow Internet and I wish that I could have fast internet so that I could be on Live Stream, but it’s just not working and my fans are just over populating the sites and I just don’t think it’s going to work, so I’m going to make a video of my playing new music.”
In addition, the young singer released a video of himself without a shirt on wearing only a backwards-on cap in what looked like a home theatre set-up. He explained that he was on vacation with a bad internet connection. JB admitted, “It’s just not working. My fans are just overpopulating the sites and I just don’t think it’s going to work. So I’m just going to make a video and play some new music.”
Watch the shirtless Justin Bieber sorry and You Want Me video:
One of Justin Bieber’s newest tracks is causing quite a bit of a stir among his fans since it was leaked online late Wednesday. The song, entitled Yellow Raincoat, got the 18-year-old popstar’s fans intrigued as to whether it was meant as an ode to his relationship with now ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez.
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Now since I’m not that much of a good analyst when it comes to discovering encrypted messages in a song, I’ll just relay to all of you what the “experts” over at Hollywood Life have said about the Bieb’s supposedly leaked single.
The line from the song which says, “Cause the fame, and the money, and the girl will drive you crazy,” is said to hint the listener about Justin’s relationship with Selena, whereas the song’s title, Yellow Raincoat, pertains to the one reportedly worn by the 20-year-old singer/actress on the Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios theme park on Dec. 28.
It still sounds a bit general to me. I mean, anyone could be wearing a yellows raincoat. But then again, such messages aren’t made to be obvious after all.
Anyway, as for how the song sounded, I found it to be pretty good that I could hardly believe that I was actually listening to the very same person who sung that annoying Baby song. Also, I have to say, if that was indeed Justin’s voice in the leaked video, then man, has his voice matured quite a lot.