Justin Bieber Debuts Platinum Hair While Performing on Today—Watch Now!

10 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

5 Times Justin Bieber Crashed The Party – And Surprised Fans By Turning Up Uninvited.

This isn’t the first time the singer has gone platinum blond, having also bleached his hair in late 2014. Justin Bieber spent his Thursday morning on the rain-soaked stages outside Rockefellar Center for the final installment of the Today show’s summer concert series, where he performed hits like 2010’s “As Long As You Love Me” and the recently released No. 1 single “What Do You Mean?” Bieber’s performance came just a few days after he became the youngest male artist to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, an achievement Guinness World Records recognized him for during his appearance on the Today show.Songwriter Jason Boyd, better known as Poo Bear, has seen Justin Bieber through the entirety of his fourth studio album, out November 13 — an LP he assures is the pop superstar’s best.“Child pop star goes bad” is so engrained in the modern day pop narrative that it’s ability to shock has lessened with each head shaving, each poorly drawn tattoo and each bleary-eyed mugshot.

His fans, though, seemed more interested in Bieber’s mere presence: The poncho-clad crowd frequently broke into chants of “Bieber is back” in between songs, including an acoustic version of “Baby” and an NSYNC-style rendition of “Boyfriend.” (The crowd also went wild for his new blonde hair.) Boyd, a longtime collaborator, was there for Bieber in the days when the world loved to hate him, working with him on 2013’s Journals. “It was a trying time but we made it through, and he definitely matured, which leads us to this new album,” Boyd says. “It’s incredible. Showing off his amazing drumming talent, Justin tried to go undercover when he visited The Venue in Angola, Indiana this week – but it wasn’t long before people in the crowd recognized their superstar performer. There was a definite sense of inevitability about Bieber’s fall from grace in 2013, and, let’s be honest, a not so quiet sense of smugness when it happened. Justin was apparently at the bar playing an arcade game but couldn’t resist getting on stage with local band Bonafide who were performing on the night.

He also said that he’s been emotional during his recent stage performances, such as crying at the MTV VMAs, because “it just feels so great to feel the acceptance.” So when the sleeve tattoos were followed by altercations with paparazzi, turning up late for concerts and speeding around in a Ferrari, the foundations were laid for a TMZ-fuelled meltdown. When the crowd realised exactly who was on drums, chaos ensued – and Heidi Herber of Bonafide told local TV station WANE that the bar had to call in extra security, “It was a social media frenzy.

A songwriter of 20-plus years, 36-year-old Boyd wrote R&B hits like 112’s “Peaches and Cream” and won a Grammy for Usher’s “Caught Up.” But the pop star soon had him on the road while touring for Believe. Then things got really weird; in July 2013 Bieber urinated in a bucket before swearing at a picture of Bill Clinton (he later called to apologise); brought a pet monkey, apparently illegally, and then left it “frightened and alone” in Germany; supposedly visited a Brazilian brothel; egged his neighbour’s house after a dispute which then led to the police raiding Bieber’s house and finding drugs; and finally, getting arrested in January 2014 for allegedly drunk driving and drag racing. What started as messing around, like flipping the acoustic guitar loop in Craig David’s “Fill Me In” for kicks, turned into sessions where they wrote the majority of the digital download-only, Eighties- and Nineties-R&B-inspired Journals. “There would be times where I would bring up, like ‘Hey, can we do some EDM, a little electronica with a hint of R&B?'” says Boyd. “He’d be like, ‘No, I want to sing R&B.’ In the back of my mind I’m like, ‘Man. I’m working with the biggest pop star in the world, and we’re doing R&B.’ I love R&B because it got me to where I am today, but at the same time R&B just doesn’t sell.” Based on the small team of producers they formed, Bieber’s fourth album may strike a balance in the sounds that Boyd was craving.

While Bieber’s litany of misdemeanours reads like a particularly far-fetched season of Entourage, they ultimately seem to have only helped with his transition from child star to adult. For female pop stars – Britney, Miley, Ariana – the focus is often salacious, centring on the idea of a virginal star growing up and expressing her sexuality. As a result, Boyd says, Bieber’s new music can be instructive. “We recorded a lot of songs, 103 songs, over the past couple of years,” he says, “just making sure that everything is in the direction we want to stay in, which is uplifting music, real-world music. From adding sex appeal to the mix – that Calvin Klein underwear advert – to apparent genuine contrition (appearing on Ellen’s chatshow, American TV’s confession booth), Bieber has done everything to either distance himself from what happened or knowingly poke fun at it. This is so the world can understand: ‘If you’re going through what I went through, this is what I did to get through my problems.’ Justin always wanted to be that light, that example.

After an appearance in early 2015 on Ellen to apologise came across as nervy he posted a Facebook video explaining why. “I didn’t want to come off arrogant or conceited, or basically how I’ve been acting the past year, year and a half,” he said. “Although what’s happened in the past has happened, I just want to … be kind and loving and gentle and soft.” He also ramped up the family-orientated Instagram posts, while a a goofy appearance in Carly Rae Jepsen’s I Really Like You video showcased that previously well-disguised sense of humour. This album is so inspirational.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Early rumours surfaced that his forthcoming third album would be executive-produced by Kanye West and Rick Rubin, giving it a stamp of credibility, while recent top 10 hit Where Are Ü Now – a collaboration with the equally well-respected Diplo and Skrillex – seems to have taken people by surprise with its brilliance.

In fact, that song’s plaintive lyrics (“Where are you now that I need you?”) also feeds into the narrative; enabling him the execute perfect switch from arrogant perpetrator to lonely victim in the eyes of his fans. He’s essentially saying “If you’re there for the good times then you have to be there for the bad, if not I’ll egg your house.” The fact that What Do You Mean? mirrors that song’s pensive banger qualities is hardly surprising – it’s Bieber mining current dance pop’s shift to a more tropical-infused, minimal sound.

Perhaps his slightly muddled journey from teen pin-up to confused bad boy to rehabilitated megastar can act as a template for future male pop star transitions, most notably Zayn Malik who has so far used his post-One Direction freedom to fight with most of Twitter and then dump his fiancee, apparently via text message.

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