Justin Bieber, noted pop star and standard bearer of Canadian exceptionalism, was arrested early this morning in Miami for drag racing his rented yellow Lamborghini (classy), while intoxicated (smart), in a residential neighborhood of Miami Beach (responsible), with an expired driver’s license (really?). Oh, also, resisting arrest.
Furthermore, he had two SUVs blocking off traffic on side streets so that the race could take place. Bieber was apparently racing an associate who was driving a Ferrari. Also while intoxicated.
And finally, it’s coming to light that the singer’s entourage had a police escort, prior to this incident, as he traveled from strip club to strip club. This is also being investigated, with city officials saying this was not approved and would be considered highly unorthodox.
I’m sure we can expect prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. When he gets off with probation, we can be secure in the knowledge that that is exactly the same punishment any of us would receive for racing a sports car while drunk and high in someone’s neighborhood without a driver’s license before fighting with the police.
Here’s a combination you might not expect: Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne. Released as part of Bieber’s Journals collection this past Monday, the singer revealed the R&B laced track, “Backpack,” with guest vocals from Lil Wayne. It’s weird and seemingly about aliens, yet it has that classic Bieber vibe that Beliebers go mental over. Also appearing on Journals are tracks featuring Future and Big Sean. Check out the track below. (more…)
We do a lot to promote up and coming talent here on OurStage, but sometime we feel it’s also important to comment on the artists who are dominating radio waves worldwide. In that arena of entertainment, few names are more notable than the canadian crooner known as Justin Bieber, and this morning the twenty-year-old superstar released a brand new single for fans to enjoy.
Marking the fourth week of his #MusicMondays series, Bieber took to the Internet overnight to release a new single titled “Recovery.” The song continues Bieber’s recent streak of R&B-inspired songs with a minimal, bass-and-acoustic heavy track dealing with the tough topic of lovers torn asunder. You can stream the song at the end of this post.
It may not be a popular opinion, but I think Bieber is starting to revive an area of pop music has been on the downslide in recent years. He may not be the singer you thought would bring R&B back to radio, but if he’s willing to carry the torch and deliver songs that are swag-free, I say more power to him. Do you agree? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.
After teasing a big single release the majority of 2013 up to this point, Justin Bieber finally blessed the Internet with his new song, “Heartbreaker,” early this morning. The track is the first to surface from Bieber since his 2012 studio album, and in keeping with his desire to constantly reinvent his sound, the track showcases a side of the young Canadian rarely heard up to this point. You can stream the single at the end of this post.
So, what has changed in the world of Justin Bieber since he was singing about all he’d do for you as long as you love him? First and foremost, his influences. Bieber has become more and more immersed in the urban community over the last year, and “Heartbreaker” is drenched in RnB sensibilities from the late ’90s. Secondly, his lyrical approach continues to evolve as he grows up. The cockiness of “Boyfriend” is still there, but he’s addressing women now, rather than “girls,” and it gives the whole affair a decidedly more mature tone.
Bieber has yet to reveal or even mention plans to release a new album, but we believe the release of “Heartbreaker” is the beginning of a bigger promotional push that will be revealed as the fall carries on. For now, comment below and let us know your thoughts on Justin’s latest. (more…)
The first new material to surface directly from Bieber in months, “Wait For A Minute” is essentially a club song with minimalist production. The teen sensation croons about his love, the club, and setting the mood right while Young Money member Tyga adds a verse about his worth to breathe a shot of energy into an otherwise subdued jam. You can stream the track at the end of this post.
“Wait For A Minute” is the kind of song you check out because of the names and repeat because of the production. While Bieber’s efforts to evolve are admirable, there is little worth remembering about his new material. The deep bass and synth that drives the melody, however, is bound to inspire countless remixes and freestyles in the months ahead. Comment below and let us know your thoughts. (more…)
According to a new article released by Billboard, this month Rihanna surpassed Justin Bieber to become the most viewed artist of all time on YouTube. As of today, the total views on her official VEVO channel containing 77 videos have surpassed 3.784 billion beating out the total view count of the 79 videos on Justin Bieber’s official VEVO channel by about two million views. RiRi also has 8.73 million subscribers on YouTube, 3.7 million more than Bieber’s 4.9 million.
Don’t for a second think this accolade is going to slow Riri’s continued push toward total pop domination. Though she’s still recovering from a spring filled with touring, the latest we’ve been told is that new material is already in the works. Stay tuned for updates in the weeks ahead.
Unless he’s built a rocket as part of a covert marketing operation, Justin Bieber proved last night he’s officially put his brand on every desirable location possible outside the moon (and he’s barely an “adult”).
Last night, Bieber made his animated debut on the long-running Fox animated series, The Simpsons. Written and recording back in August 2012, Bieber played himself in an episode called “The Fabulous Faker Boy.” The story followed Marge pushing Bart to be more creative, and during a sequence involve a talent competition you momentarily see Bieber alongside real-life manager Scooter Braun.
Fox has not released the footage from the episode just yet, but we do have a still image from the show. Click below to see what the Bieber of Springfield looks like. (more…)
Forgetting for a moment just how ludicrous song and album titles with hashtags are, the clip for “#ThatPOWER” is sufficiently entertaining. Will.i.am has been known more and more for his interest in futuristic imagery and technology in recent years, and that interest is on full display in the video. You can view the clip at the end of this post.
#WillPower hit stores on Tuesday. We probably won’t review it, but if anything else interesting surfaces we’ll be sure to bring it to your attention. (more…)
Hello, everyone! It’s a cool Sunday afternoon here in Boston, but the headlines keep on rolling. After a few days away, we thought it best to take a couple minutes and recap everything major that happened in the industry while you were out enjoying the weekend. We’ll return with regular article tomorrow, but for now…
- New Jersey rock act My Chemical Romance have broken up.
- Fall Out Boy are reportedly planning to release a new music video this week. Also, the tracklist for their forthcoming album has leaked.
- Meek Mill released his video for “Believe It.”
- Katy Perry and Justin Bieber were among those who took home Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards.
- Daft Punk have all but confirmed a new album. Check out this teaser commercial that aired during SNL.
- The debut album from *NSYNC turned 15 this weekend. Editor James Shotwell shared a memory he connects with the release to mark the occasion.
- Rumor has it Justin Timberlake’s new album will sell upwards of 900,000 in its first week.