Justin Bieber Returns to NBC’s TODAY for Final Concert of the Summer

10 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Justin Bieber Braves The Pouring Rain To Perform His Hits On The ‘Today’ Show.

Not only is the song Bieber’s first-ever No. 1 single, but he is also the youngest male artist ever to ever have a song debut at the top of the charts. 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. 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.” 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. What’s often exciting and surprising about this transitional phase is the difficult rehabilitation part and, with his new single What Do You Mean? at No 1 on both sides of the Atlantic, 21-year-old Justin Bieber’s spectacular return from the brink of the pop abyss has been swift and stealthy.

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. 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. 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.

When Justin hit the VMAs on August 30, people were all about his shaggy “swooped” hair — kinda reminiscent of the Flock of Seagulls hairstyle of the ’80s — but he’s already ditched that for a totally bleached ‘do. 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. A lot of people tend to change up their hair after a bad breakup, and we know that the Biebs has been suffering from a broken heart after he spoke about it during an interview. In his awesome performances of “What Do You Mean?” and “Where Are Ü Now,” Justin highlighted his new bleached hair by dancing and singing under hot pink lights.

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. And we really hit it with this album. “You’ll get to hear him really get intimate with things that he went through in his life in the last couple of years, so that people can understand him, kind of like with ‘Human Nature,’ says Boyd. “Big, powerful records that everyone can listen to. 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.

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. Zayn should hold on to the fact that, as long as the songs are good, there’s still hope for a perpetually doe-eyed pretend bad boy with too many tattoos.

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