Justin Bieber: Fast Facts
Where ever he goes, girls lose their minds. Crowds and rumors swarm around him like a crazed cloud of hyperactive flies. So, just who is this Justin Bieber person? If you have a tween living under your roof, you probably already know the answer to this question. It would be hard to miss the posters covering her bedroom wall, the “I’m a Belieber!” fan t-shirt, or the strains of the song “Baby” leaking out from under her bedroom door. But for the other dozen or so of us that have never heard of him, again I ask “who the heck is Justin Bieber?”
Well, for starters, he was named the third-most-powerful celebrity in the world for 2012 by Forbes Magazine behind Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Lopez. Wow, seriously?! I know of and respect Oprah and Jennifer, but what has “The Bieber” done for the world besides cause the whole tween society to become obsessed with a mop-haired 18 year old boy? He’s also the second highest paid performer under the age of 30, beaten out of the top spot by Taylor Swift by a measly $2 million. That darn Taylor anyway!
A Little Background
History will forever commemorate March 1, 1994 as the day that Justin Drew Bieber was in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. And what, pray tell, is his claim to fame? He is a singer–songwriter, actor, and a self-taught musician (he plays the piano, guitar, and the drums). In 2008, an American talent agent by the name of Scott ‘Scooter’ Braun was perusing YouTube (hopefully, searching for talented yet unknown musical artists and not watching the rejects from the game show “Wipe Out”) and came across a video of Bieber. After contacting Bieber and begging to become his manager, Braun arranged a meeting with the entertainer, Usher Raymond who competed against Justin Timberlake to represent the young YouTube star. He was signed to the Raymond Braun Media Group and then was offered a recording contract by record executive L.A. Reid of Island Records.
Justin Bieber - His Music
Bieber’s first single "One Time," became a huge, worldwide triumph and was certified Platinum in the US and Canada. “My World,” his debut album, was an international phenomenon. In 2011, he released the concert film “Never Say Never” which became an instant success. He is currently on his “Believe” worldwide concert tour. He has sold over 15 million albums since his debut in 2009.
A Parody - Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend"
Justin Bieber's Success On Social Media
As of June 2012, he has amassed a staggering 23 million Twitter followers topped only by Lady Gaga. He has 44 million Facebook fans, which is more than Mitt Romney and Barack Obama's followers combined. How about Bieber for US President? Don’t count on it. He says he never plans on becoming an American citizen because “You guys are evil. Canada's the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don't need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you're broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard's baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby's premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home.”
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So That's Who Justin Bieber is!
There you have it folks. A plausible explanation that a mass majority of tween girls the world over have lost their minds and are incapable of getting their chores or homework done. They are obsessed with a young, good looking, singing sensation, not too different than the likes of Michael Jackson, Leif Garret, Elvis Presley and Bobby Darin. Eventually, they will find their way back to normal and find a new obsession to spend your hard earned money on.