The Justin Bieber Factor

Justin BieberI understand the need to partner up with fellow musicians to make beautiful music. Partnerships are almost necessary for any business to grow including musicians, yet some partnerships make me scratch my head.  Let’s take Justin Bieber for example.  Once this boy hits puberty it’ll all be over for him unless he keeps writing bubble gum pop songs for the next boy who replaces him.  Even then he won’t be in the spotlight as he is today.   Please note I’ve never been a Justin Bieber fan.  I had a friend who photographed one of his meet and greets and, boy oh boy, was there a story to tell.  Justin was late to the meet and greet and he really didn’t have a good reason. He was too busy playing video games to actually meet his fans on time.  After hearing his sorry excuse, it left a bitter taste in my mouth and I really lost a lot of respect for him.  But what do I know because the teeny boppers still love and gush all over him and that means other artists are going to try and capitalize on his loyal and crazy fan base.

This past Christmas Justin teamed up with Mariah Carey for a revised version of “All I Want for Christmas.” Granted I gave it a listen because I am a huge Mariah fan, but listening to Justin’s voice is like hearing fingernails on a chalkboard.  The music video creeped me out because there was Mariah being all sexy like Mariah is great at doing and in comes an underage boy singing “All I Want for Christmas is You.”  I want to scream jailbait!  In addition the single didn’t even place on the US Billboard charts. Fast-forward to today and the electronic/hip hop group Far East Movement collaborated with Justin on their new song “Live My Life,” and again I gave the song a try, but it isn’t anything special or even catchy.   To me it’s apparent that some of these collaborations are money grabs.  If you team up with Justin Bieber on an album it’s really jumping the shark.  Artist need to weigh the pros and cons to partnering up with Justin.  Do you really want to lose some of your coolness with your older non-Bieber fans?  Is the money generated worth losing those fans? I also nearly puked in my mouth when I heard he was endorsing a product at the Consumer Electronic Show this past January.  It’s not new to have celebrities at CES but when I heard Justin Bieber and even Snookie were making appearances, CES’ coolness rating sank in my eyes.

Is it really worth it to team up with the boy wonder that will soon fall of the face of the earth after he is replaced with someone just like him?  For me I lose more respect for the artists that are teaming up with him.  Also Tastebuds.fm conducted a survey and Justin Bieber was the second musical turnoff for both men and women, so if you are on a first date don’t talk about how cool that new Bieber song is, ok?

Paul’s Twelve Musical Christmas Wishes

Twelve Musical Christmas Wishes

Paul's Christmas List12. I wish that someone would tell Justin Bieber that he is too young to have a “beard.”

11. I wish someone would string my guitar. (The last time I put new strings on Kurt Cobain was still alive).

10. I wish Beyonce/JLo would return my calls and have those court orders… ooops.

9. I wish Motown would rebuild the snakepit and start making relevant music again.

8. I wish Jessie J. would explain those two puppets in the intro to the “Price Tag” video.

7. I wish Pitbull and T-Pain would be my wingmen for a night.

6. I wish that every day I was shufflin’.

5. I wish Paul McCartney would get a facelift. The ex-Beatle looks like an old woman.

4. I wish Billy Corgan would get dropkicked by his fans in music and in pro wrestling.

3. I wish for two 2012 shows; Tim Minchin and The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

2. I wish to sign a songwriter’s agreement – at least get some love for my lyrics.

1. I wish Elvis was still alive and all the impersonators were dead

Justin Bieber Beats Out Top Female Pop Singers in Search in 2011

Justin BieberI know this news is disturbing to some, but according to Bing.com Justin Bieber beat out the likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Jennifer Lopez for most searched artist in 2011.  I am going to guess it’s because of his crazy fans that threaten every female he walks within 2 feet of, remember the Kim Kardashian photo shoot or the threats against Selena Gomez?

Last year Lady Gaga took the top honors, but fell to number 5 this year, but I gather that’s because she doesn’t have her fans claiming she knocked them up -just a thought.  Yet Katy Perry was the top searched for female musician in 2011.  She had a big year with her wedding and her massive Teenage Dream Tour.

Other pop singers that topped the list this year are Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez. Both had comebacks this year by releasing long awaited pop albums. Britney also hit the road to support Femme Fatale. Ms. Lopez also had a heavily publicized divorce from singer Marc Anthony and another year on Idol.

For a full list of Top Searched Musicians head over to http://www.BingTrends.com for a full list of search trends from 2011.

Top Searched Musicians on Bing.com in 2010

1.       Justin Bieber

2.       Katy Perry

3.       Jennifer Lopez

4.       Britney Spears

5.       Lady Gaga

6.       Selena Gomez

7.       Nicki Minaj

8.       Rihanna

9.       Beyonce

10.   Taylor Swift

Justin Bieber Brings The Fever To Chicago

Justin Bieber
Rosemont Theatre – Rosemont, IL
March 24, 2010

 

Justin Bieber Rosemont Theatre

More photos of Justin Bieber after the jump!

JUSTIN BIEBER BREAKS BILLBOARD RECORD

JUSTIN BIEBER REIGNS SUPREME WITH THE TOP NEW ARTIST DEBUT OF 2009

ALL SEVEN SONGS FROM DEBUT CD IN THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN BILLBOARD HISTORY!

FIRST SOLO ARTIST IN BILLBOARD HOT 100 HISTORY TO SEND FOUR SONGS FROM A DEBUT ALBUM INTO THE TOP 40 PRIOR TO ALBUM’S RELEASE

JUSTIN BIEBER’S DEBUT ALBUM, MY WORLD ENTERS SOUNDSCAN AT #6 – YOUTUBE VIEWS TOP 100 MILLION!!

ALBUM FUELED BY FOUR CONSECUTIVE TOP 40 HITS: “ONE TIME,” “ONE LESS LONELY GIRL,” “LOVE ME,” AND “FAVORITE GIRL”

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Nearly a half-year of the most intense fan frenzy ever witnessed for a new artist – focusing on his premiere quartet of Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits since July, “One Time,” “One Less Lonely Girl,” “Love Me,” and “Favorite Girl” – has resulted in an explosive # 6 Soundscan debut for RBMG -Teen Island star Justin Bieber’s first album, My World (released November 17th on Island Records) on first week sales of 136,741 units. Also worth noting My World is officially the #1 album in Canada, beating John Mayer to the top spot.

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