Wpisy użytkownika JustinDrewBieber z dnia 13 lipca 2012

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On a Thursday afternoon in a secret West London location – it has to be or his screaming fans would be everywhere – Justin Bieber is talking about his penis. “They made up a name for it. Jerry. Which is just so awkward.” The world’s biggest pop star doesn’t look awkward at all, twirling on a swivel chair, fiddling with his iPhone. He grins as he speaks like a sinister boy-clown, his words as passionate as a robot on a reduced power setting. Don’t tell your neice but we’re in Trevor Horn’s Sarm Studios. The poster of The Pogues’ Rum, Sodomy & The Lash down the corridor feels somewhat incongruous. Two of Bieber’s huge heaving entourage sit attentively just around the corner. Do you feel your penis is a Jerry or not, Justin? “They’ve already named it, so why not just keep it?” The 18-year-old bats back his lines like a professional. “I love my fans.”

Justin Bieber wants to be treated like a man, we are told. After all, his imminent third album, Believe, is somewhat racier than 2011’s saccharine-spangled Under The Mistletoe. Its first single, Boyfriend, also had a slightly raunchy v

ideo, although when Bieber sang he “could be your Buzz Lightyear” in the second verse, it slightly harshed the buzz. It’s also hard to grow up when your handlers tell you off when you try to reveal your tattoos during the Q photoshoot (“it’s not time yet, Justin). Or given how you first became famous as a baby-faced 14-year-old whose voice hadn’t broken yet.

Bieber’s rise to fame is a particularly modern pop fable: he was born to a single mother in Ontario, Canada, who uploaded videos of her son busking and singing at home to YouTube; US talent scout Scooter Braun then found on by accident; soon after, Usher and Justin Timberlake were battling to sing him. Ever since Usher won, Bieber’s music has toed a strange line. It marries dewy teeny bop cliché (his first big hit was called Baby, his latest, Turn To You, was dedicated to his mom) and semi-respectable R&B (Believe features Timbaland, Drake and Kanye West). He also has 22 million Twitter followers, and followers 123,000 of them back.

He’s tweeting as we begin. “I’ve just tweeted ‘Swaggy’”. What’s swaggy? “You know, stylish.” He spins. He looks us in the eye. Then he gurns.
This clean-living, Bible-reading boy has faced controversy too, although he (and his people) have handled each incident beautifully. Last year, Rolling Stone quoted him saying that “everything happens for a reason” when he was asked about women made pregnant through rape; when it emerged that his full response had been edited, the magazine had to make a public, embarrassing apology. And when a Californian fan claimed he was the father of her baby, Bieber took a paternity test to prove it wasn’t - even after she dropped her lawsuit.

So you’re used to difficult questions, then Justin? “Oh yeah,” he yawns, his fingers still dashing across his phone screen. Put that away, young man. “OK,” he shrugs. “Let’s swag.” Who doesn’t follow you on Twitter that you wish would follow you? Anna John, Edinburgh “Beyoncé. She’s so sexy. I’m in love with everything about her. But I do love Jay-Z, so I can’t do anything about it [laughs]. I’ve had a crush on her for a long time. But I wouldn’t come between them – I would never do that” [Winks] But I’m going to make her follow me just by keeping talking about it.”

What’s the most scared you’ve been of one of your fans? Sam Neame, Leicester “All of them, when I was 16. We were on tour, and I thought it would be fun to run outside and see my fans without security. I was on my Segway, and I thought I was just going to roll away from them, but the Segway broke. The fans all surrounded me and I was by myself – there were like 100 of them, soon to be 1000. I ran as fast as I could to Kenny [Hamilton, his bodyguard]. But it was good. [Grins] My shirt was ripped and everything.”

You’re 18 now. Tried any good pubs since you’ve been in London? Joe Dart, Essex
“Not yet. I went to this spot yesterday, but it was full of old people – I can’t remember what it was called. I think it was a club. I mean, these were people, like, over 30. I’d like to go to a pub, though. [Looks over to entourage] Not that I drink yet.”

Have you studied the careers of other child stars to see what they did? Andy Brown, York
“Not really, to be honest. Because a lot of teen stars didn’t really work, did they? So I’m doing my own thing. The only person I look at for guidance is Michael Jackson. I definitely look at his career when he was young and growing up in the spotlight. [Q mentions that Jackson’s career didn’t work out too well] What do you mean his career didn’t work out? [Q reminds Bieber that he died] Oh, yeah, because he had some issues. But career-wise, I would say he’s the biggest artist ever.”

My eight-year-old daughter says she’d love to kiss you on the cheek. My nine-year-old son says he’d like to punch you on the nose. Why do you divide the sexes so? Julie Emanuel, Cambridge
“If you were to just say to any random person, whatever their age, There’s this 14-year-old kid, he’s got long hair and he’s like a singer, you’re going to be, Oh yeah? I don’t want to listen to him. I don’t know about younger kids. Older guys are basically mad because their girlfriends want me. That’s what it is. Do I mind? No!”

Do you find it disturbing when younger fan start sexual trends about you on Twitter? Lauren Wainwright, London
“Yeah. I mean, I don’t really agree with 12-year-olds talking about those inappropriate things. I just think the younger people are, the closer the parents should watch out over the kids. [Thinks] But once they turn 13, it’s easier because they’re going to learn that stuff anyway.”

Tyler, The Creator – esteemed composer of Bitch Suck Dick – wants to work with you. Would you work with him? Rob Saul, Swindon
“I don’t know if I really agree with all the music that he does. And he knows that – he’s my boy. [Nods] He’s a friend of mine. I don’t get the whole, you know, demonic thing. If I did do something, he’d have to do clean. I’m not going to do a dirty song with him!”

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve been sent by a fan? Rachel Gruber, Cardiff
“I’ve got a plastic golf club from a fan that was like signed by their whole family. I was like, Why’s it signed by your family, are you guys famous or something? No, we just wanted to sign a golf club for you. That’s kind of strange. And a cereal box, with cereal in it; Here you go, I got you this cereal. Hope you like it. Weird.”

Ian Anderson of British rock band Jethro Tull once said “a lot of pop music is about stealing pocket money off children”. Defend yourself. Glyn Smith, Surrey
“I think that is an accurate statement to a certain degree, but it’s what pop music technically is. Like, I think some pop music is definitely a scam, because it’s just like someone putting together a hot song. But I think when there’s an artist that’s really, truly talented, and they have music to show for it, that’s when you can talk.”

You were recently on an ad during the Super Bowl break with Ozzy Osborne. Any advice from the Prince of Darkness? Jane Playdon, London
“He…[Laughs] not really. Usher’s given me advice. He said to have fun with what I’m doing, and always don’t take myself to seriously and Drake told me to make sure I behave. But Ozzy was a nice guy. He’s settled down a lot over the years [smiles]. But I like Black Sabbath, you know, some of the stuff. I like – what is it – School’s Out For Summer? [Q points out that it’s not by Black Sabbath] He did that song! [Q says it’s by Alice Cooper] No, he did that song! I like rock music, man. I like Guns N’Roses and Metallica. The Beatles. I like [Metallica’s] Fade To Black, and One. It’s edgy and emotional with those instruments and electric guitars and stuff.”

You played in The White House in 2009. Did you try and steal a toilet roll? Samantha Barrington, Leeds
“No! There were people with guns all around! But I actually got to go in the Oval Office. No one really gets to go in there. Barack Obama was in there; we kind of took this little tour into it. He was cool.”

You became known on YouTube for your singing voice, but it sounds like you use Auto-Tune on all your records. Do you? If so, why? Chris O’Reilly, Glasgow
“I don’t use Auto-Tune. They tune my vocals – they use [pitch corrector] Melodyne. But every artist uses Melodyne. Not every artist, but 99 per cent of artists. I like the sound, the perfectness of tuning in the record. No one has completely perfect pitch.”

What do you think is Canada’s greatest export? Lesli Ellen, Toronto
“Maple syrup! You go anywhere and you get maple syrup but it’s just not as good as Canadian. Musically? Er…[spins] Avril Lavigne’s Canadian. Céline Dion. Shania Twain. Who’s that girl that sings Ironic? She’s Canadian. So we’ve got a lot of like cool artists, [Q asks if he knows Leonard Cohen] No. Is he Canadian? [Q mentions he sings about women a lot] That’s cool.” Why don’t you act and dress like an 18-year-old a bit more? Phil Doherty, Brighton “I like the way I look. I’m not in a hurry to grow up! [Smiles] I use Proactiv.”

What are your favourite potato chips/crisps? Rónán Ó Conker, @blogaboutcrisps
“I like Doritos, because they’re cheesy and good.”

On Twitter on 21 April, you made fun of the woman who said you were the father of her child by posting a clip from Borat – he says, “you will never get this”. If she walked into the room right now, what would you say to her? Mira Begum, London “Um, I wouldn’t really say anything to her. I don’t really have anything to tell her. You know, people, she came out trying to ruin my life. Who does that? Who says nasty things and makes up such false accusations? I thought it was really mean, because there’s no other reason to do that than to try and hurt me.”

Are you a boob man or a bum man? If you know what those words mean… Tom Andrew, Plymouth
“[Raises eyebrows, tuts] I know what those words mean. I think I’m a butt guy. I just like butts. I’m attracted to them. Do I have any favourites? Nicki Minaj has got a nice one.”

Who would win in a fight, you or One Direction? And what would be your special move? Carla Accardo, Bristol
“There’s five of them, so I’d get my ass kicked. But one-on-one, I’d take them. I’d try a spin-kick. To the face. Oh, Harry? [Spins on chairs, lashes out a leg] Here’s your spin-kick!”

You claim you were misquoted in Rolling Stone about your comments about women and rape. How would you clarify what you said now? Sara Ama, Newcastle
“Yeah. [Settles down] They misquoted me completely. I never said any of the things that they said that I said. You know, I just think that it’s such a touchy subject. They were asking me such weird questions, before the time I was 17 – I think those are pretty deep questions. I think that, you know, as far as the questions they asked, I don’t think that anybody deserves to…[looks over to his people] I think we should just stay away from that.” [Q contacted Rolling Stone for a response and received the following statement: “We love and respect Justin Bieber, but he was indeed quoted correctly in our March 2011 cover story; the article was fact-checked and we stand by our reporting.”]

You are a Bible-reading good guy who flashes your naked torso at your fans. Are you a hypocrite? Or is there a dark side to you? Nick Kerr, Harlow
“I’m not perfect. There’s a dark side of me, though. [Shouts around the corner to his entourage] What is the dark side of me, Mike? Everything? Alison, what can I tell her that’s dark? [She says his evil sense of humour] Oh yeah, I made Taylor Swift cry once – I Punk’d [MTV’s hidden-camera reality show in which celebrities get pranked] her. She thought she was coming to record with me. I had these fireworks, and she lit one off. It shot off and lit this whole boat on fire. Everyone had to jump off and swim to shore; it was a wedding so she thought the whole wedding was ruined. But it was all fake [laughs]. I’m a prankster.”

Are you screaming inside? Jude McArdle, London
“ Sometimes, definitely. You know, you’ve always got to keep your composure, especially when you’re in the spotlight. You have to always have a smile on your face. I think everybody wants to scream sometimes, just let it all out. Scream in the pillow.”

If you could say one thing to the people who wished you’d fuck off, what would that be? Dan Ford, Dublin
“[Smiles] I would say to my haters: I love you. Thank you for supporting me by hating me. When they write messages on my YouTube page, I get money for that. So they’re just giving me money to hate on me. And I would say: Believe,” Justin Bieber’s Believe is out now on Island.









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Justin Bieber Interview with Rollercoaster Magazine 2012…
Justin Bieber may be a global star of gargantuan proportions, but as Rollacoaster finds out, he’s still as excited about his music career now as he was when he burst onto the scene as a 14-year-old four years ago.

The true measure of a pop idol can be judged by the commitment of their fans – and it seems no fans are more dedicated than those of Justin Bieber. “Every place I have been on this promo trip has been crazy. Girls have been outside the hotel,” I’m told by the singer, record producer and undoubtedly the biggest teen music star this decade has produced.

It’s no wonder then that my date to meet this deity is filled with apprehension; there is absolutely no way I am going to tweet this rendezvous in advance. Hell, his fans – The Beliebers – are not the doe-eyed girls who passed out when The Beatles sang “I Want to Hold Your Hand”. Nor are they the slightly more streetwise girls of the 80s who cunningly traced every step of Duran Duran. And their burning desire even excels the diehard Brossettes, who camped out in Maida Vale, London, to catch a glimpse of the 90s trio. The Beliebers send death threats to anyone who gets close to their Hero. Eeeek.

It is a Saturday lunchtime when I arrive at our designated meeting point. I’ve been instructed to call Mike on arrival, which I do. “Hi Mike, I know I’m at the right place because I’ve seen all the fans,” I say. I know that may sound quite cringe, but I want to make sure that things start out OK with Mike. Not that I know who Mike is, but I assume he is quite important.  

I am told to go to the hotel reception and wait. As my car pulls up to the main entrance of the hotel, I felt a definite childish smugness towards the hoards of female fans (and the one token gay boy) that are standing outside in the rain singing Bieber songs I’d only heard when preparing for the interview. At this point I really don’t know what to expect, and I am left pondering that thought for half an hour, while I wait in the hotel reception – until a kindly record agency girl scoops me up and takes me upstairs to a heavily bodyguarded area of the hotel. We chat for half an hour before Bieber – who arrived late on a flight the previous night from Hamburg – makes an appearance.

He heads straight for the fridge, and he choose a popular American fizzy drink, which I won’t specify, but I can hint in saying it is a major sponsor of a certain upcoming sporting event in London. Upon introduction, I’m given a hug, much like the awkward-limbed one my friend’s teenage son allows me – which makes me warm to him immediately. “Is this the hotel we were in before?” he asks Mike. “Um don’t you remember travelling last night?” Mike jokes. Obviously Bieber means the last time they were in London, but the crazy schedule they have becomes apparent.

The diminutive pop star is in London for a Capital Radio event, and will fly to New York the following morning. The thing he is most excited about is seeing the Rollacoaster pictures which were taken in LA a few weeks before. “Do you have the pictures?” he asks. “I do have one,” I say, referring to a shot I have on my iPhone of Bieber topless in a pair of DSquared2 trousers. “Oh yeah,” he says, showing it to his management. “Do you think I look buff in it?” he answers, seeming very proud of his toned torso.

So, the Biebs has certainly grown up since first appearing in the public eye as a 14-year-old on YouTube in 2008, and has just released his fourth album, Believe. Does he feel that he has crossed that boy-to-man milestone? “Yes, I am growing up, I am now 18 and my fans are growing up with me. I’m getting older and I want to reflect that in my album – it is just more mature and reflecting the age that I am.”

On the point of meeting I say how his single “Boyfriend” has broken all YouTube records. “Oh really?” he replies, sounding excited. Yes, it received eight million first day views and has over 100 million to date, I tell him. I ask how it feels breaking records and ask if he is just used to it by now? “No, each time I break a record I’m always happy. With my YouTube stuff, “Baby” has more views than any other video – ever. So my next goal is to reach one billion views on a video.”

That is a massive goal, and, even though he has an insanely huge fanbase, I wonder whether he still gets a little anxious about how new releases will be received? “I get anxious definitely. This is one of the biggest projects I’ve put out, so I feel like my music is where I want it, and I feel definitely comfortable with every song on the album.”

Believe features a host of hot talent – and Bieber definitely seemed to have a blast making it. “It was great working with the likes of Kanye and Drake and Lil Chris and Taylor Swift – I just got to work with so many people… that helped construct the album and to make it as good as it can be. I’m thankful for them.” His favourite song, he says, is “Catching Feelings”. “It was written by Babyface and me, and it just has that old R’n’B feel, and that’s why I think I like it.”

Along with his coming of age has come a change in haircut. The Bieber hairstyle may even have outdone the “Hoxton fin” in overkill – both firm favourites with teenage boys from British home countries. Isn’t it bloody annoying when everyone copied you to death, I ask, “No, it’s always flattering to have people want to look like you and want to do things that you do, so that was good. I never thought: ‘Oh that person’s copying me!’ It was always a good thing.”

But what if his trademark hair thinned prematurely – surely with one of this trademarks being his that would be a worry? As someone who has achieved so much success, I ask if he can give me any hints of people to look out for. “Musicians that I know about that you should be looking at in the future… well, there is a musician called John Mayer.” Then he starts laughing – Mayer is a hugely successful recording artist, so he is having a little joke with me here.

That caper leads me nicely on to the night before, when I saw him on the Alan Carr show. He looked a little out of his depth, as you would expect of an 18-year-old Canadian appearing as a guest on a camp, spekkie British comic’s show, I suppose. “He was cool, it was a fun show, and we had a lot of fun.” But did he get a better grip on the British sense of humour? “No! I didn’t really get the comedy. It was kind of all over the place, but he is a funny guy.” He says, attempting to do an impression of Alan Carr’s squeaky laugh.

When someone has such a wholesome public persona, I guess what we really want to know it a bit of nitty-gritty. Like, what is the most extravagant thing he has done? “The most extravagant thing… I bought my friend a Mustang for his birthday.” Did you wrap it up, I ask. “Yeah, yeah, I bought it and drove it up – he was really excited, he didn’t really expect it.” Wow!

But what does Justin Bieber do when he is just being Justin Bieber? “When I’m not working I like to do regular teen stuff, like hanging out with my friends, going to the movies, bowling, playing sports like basketball.” And his favourite meal is spaghetti with bolognese sauce, he informs me, making his life sound as normal as can be.

So Justin Bieber, who breaks and swivels the world on a sixpence, just imagine what you would be doing now, if things turned out differently. “If I hadn’t been discovered, I’d be at school, just finishing high school and trying to find a job.” You can’t knock him for not knowing his luck.

Just before I leave, I quiz the superstar about something more trivial: his preference between dogs and cats. Bieber tells me he is a canine kind of guy. “I have a dog and his name is Sam [A Papillion]. He’s living with my grandparents right now because I’m on tour. That’s the only pet I have,” he says “I had a snake but I auctioned it off for charity” rightly or wrongly. I’m loving the idea of someone bidding for Justin Bieber’s snake at auction…

1.  Taylor Swift: 57 milionów dolarów

*2.  Justin Bieber: 55 milionów dolarów*

3.  Rihanna: 53 milionów dolarów

4.  Lady Gaga: 52 milionów dolarów

5.  Katy Perry: 45.000.000 dolarów

6.  Adele: 35 milionów dolarów

7.  Kristen Stewart: 34,5 milionów

8.  Lil Wayne: 27000000 dolary

9.  Taylor Lautner: 26.500.000 dolarów

10.  Robert Pattinson: 26.500.000 dolarów
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