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Could recent events indicate a new version of The Biebs?

By Graziella Walker

A charming Canadian pop singer who turned  into a complete delinquent, Justin Bieber has created a whole new meaning for the word punk.  But could his upcoming album be saving his music career from negative press since his actions and behavior have already been documented as negative?

From about 2007 to 2011 we saw Bieber as a  teenage heartthrob who just wanted to express himself with his music.  A young boy who was discovered from his You Tube video where he would cover songs, his intentions seemed innocent.

Could fame and money have changed that? Did the adoration of millions of tween-and teenage girls send this pop star over the edge?

When Bieber started acting out, it was all over the press.  He had a couple altercations with paparazzi, but they were nothing abnormal for any celebrity. Then these small disputes soon turned into larger problems as Bieber was reported with illegal substances and doing illegal behaviors such as speeding in his Ferrari, drunk driving, going to a Brazilian brothel, defacing his neighbor’s property and illegally bringing his pet monkey to Germany and leaving it there.

He would also arrive to his concerts late, creating a distance between him and his fans.  His fans have stood by his side, hoping for change, knowing that many teenagers and young adults go through this rebellious phase, but when he started to neglect them as well, many of them decided to leave.  He created an image for himself that was corrupting his career.

Although throughout his teenage years, Bieber’s thoughts and intentions had been deliberately misconstrued with fame and money being given to him at a young age, it seems that he is trying to correct his past behaviors.

The new album called “Purpose”  is how Bieber hopes to regain his respect and start his music career over again.  He claims in an interview with USA Today: “I had to see the downs to appreciate the ups and know what I want.”  He explains in the interview how his actions affected his music: “It completely changes my music. I had to re-do my whole [new] album. It was done but it didn’t match up to where I am now and where my head’s at. I want to tell my story, but I also want to give people hope.”  

Yet, contradicting what he had said about wanting to change his career around to create a positive image, recently Bieber made a bad choice once again. “I’m not doing the show” Bieber said to his fans in Norway, one song into the show.  Later  on Instagram he posted “Sadly it’s been a rough week for me, long days no sleep, while having to be “on” as they would say for cameras fans etc. In no way did I mean to come across mean, but chose to end the show as the people in the front row would not listen. Hopefully people will understand where I am coming from. I don’t always handle things the right way but I’m human and I’m working on getting better at responding not reacting. Unfortunately people were affected by this as am I. For the people in the back I am so sorry and for anyone I may have disappointed I’m sorry. Sorry for wasting the tv people’s time I’ll be sure to make it up to you next time on tour. With love Justin.”

Bieber leaving the stage after one song shows his immaturity.  Leaving behind hundreds of screaming fans for the few in the front after only one song shows his naive nature.

His fans see this from a different perspective, though. They see this as Bieber taking responsibility for his actions with the apology, something he has not done in a very long time, and might not have done if this situation had come up a few years back.  They shower him with support commenting on this post with things like “We are here for you,”  and “We love you.”

It seems as if Bieber is actually changing and turning around for the better, but will this ‘new’ Beiber last? This time, it seems hopeful.

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