How to stay grounded after going from Ontario tween to platinum-selling idol pretty much overnight? As Justin Bieber tells Guy Dixon, ‘You just gotta be humble’.
For the benefit of millions of screaming young fans, not to mention their ecstatic moms, let’s cut to the chase: What’s Justin Bieber really like?
The Stratford, Ont.-raised teen idol, with his meticulously forward-combed hair, is on the telephone from Atlanta. With the rasp of a typical 15-year-old, he is as polite as in his myriad TV appearances on everything from MuchMusic to The Ellen DeGeneres Show. There’s a constant rustle in the background; others in the room are distracting him. He apologizes and moves closer to the speakerphone.
Bieber is clearly still in the eager-to-please phase of his young career. If he has hit the wall of teen cynicism, it doesn’t show. There seems to be no brewing hubris, despite the fact that his debut album of tween-targeted pop, My World, recorded under the wing of his mentor and business partner, R&B singer Usher, has already gone platinum in the United States (a million copies sold) and Canada (100,000 copies) since its November release.
“Being famous was never in my mind,” he says. “Also, like, Stratford, Ontario … a little town of 30,000 in the middle of nowhere? It was something I didn’t think was possible. I owe everything to my fans and YouTube.”
Justin Bieber gives Rihanna a kiss on the cheek backstage at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards Backstage at The GRAMMYs Day 2 in LA on Friday. Justin tweeted: Thanks for refreshing the lipstick mark @rihanna.
Justin will be one of the many presenters at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards this Sunday. He is featured in the new issue of VMAN Magazine. He was photographed with red lipstick kiss mark on his cheek, which he arrived with. Who was the kiss from…Rihanna. Read the full interview HERE. Check out a video from the photoshoot HERE.
Justin also just finished filming his music video for his single “Baby”, featuring Ludacris. The song will be on My World Part 2, which is set for a March release.
This year is gonna be all about Justin Bieber. He’s already become this phenomenon and it’s only gonna get bigger and bigger and bigger. It’s Bieber fever in 2010.
Perez Hilton said.
-Author, celebrity blogger and budding music executive Perez Hilton, talking to MTV News about some of his predictions for the music world in 2010. The 15-year-old Bieber certainly has the potential to have a colossal 2010, as he wrapped up his 2009 on an incredible run. Starting in September, he appeared at the MTV Video Music Awards, debuted his breakthrough single “One Time,” dropped his debut album My World, headlined a bunch of radio festivals, opened a pair of high-profile shows for Taylor Swift in the U.K., hung out with everybody from Jordin Sparks to Celine Dion and even got to sing for the President of the United States on Christmas. Not a bad run for a kid who got his start posting videos online.
Bieber already has big plans for the beginning of the year. His follow-up album My World Part II comes out in March, his new single “Baby” (which features a guest rap from Ludacris) is tearing up the airwaves and he already has one video in the can and another on the way. As far as his success is concerned, the sky is the limit, and it isn’t just Hilton who thinks so. “Justin Bieber’s definitely about to take the world by storm if he hasn’t already,” Nick Cannon explained told MTV News. “He’s filling a void that hasn’t been filled since the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSYNC and all of that stuff.”
Justin Bieber reveals his deepest love confessions in the March issue of M Magazine.
About his best dates: “The first date I ever had was actually very good. I was 13 and I took the girl out to eat. She was really nice.”
About girls who make him feel shy: “Yeah! If I really like a girl, I get nervous. There have been a few dates I’ve gone on that I was totally anxious about. I try to just stay calm and remember to be myself.”
About his most nerve-wracking date ever: “Well once I took a girl out for a first date to an Italian restaurant. During the meal I spilled spaghetti all over her! It was terrible and embarrassing. I never went out with her again. So I would suggest not going out for Italian on a first date because it can be messy! I’ll never make that mistake again.’ Continue reading