Justin Bieber’s Purpose Tour is coming to the UK and we have a pair of tickets to give away. Whether you’ve always Beliebed or have recently been converted, there’s no question that Justin has made an impressive turnaround in 2015. Yes, the Ellen DeGeneres haircut shows signs that the Canadian star has had a tough few years but his No.1 album ‘Purpose’ has caused widespread Bieber Fever to the point of an epidemic.
Initially a baby-faced, clean-teen pop sensation, Bieber began to rebel against this image and clashed with police, paperazzi and even his own fans. Under the media’s ever-watchful eye, it seemed as though Justin was going to become another child-star-gone-bad, crumbling under the pressure of fame and hitting the self-destruct button on his career.
However, a combination of indisputable chart hits and Bieber’s new found ability to not take himself too seriously (pay attention, Zayn), has seen the 21 year-old dominate 2015. ‘Purpose’ features a host of credible collaborators including Ed Sheeran, Skrillex, Jason ‘Poo Bear’ Boyd and Blood Diamonds. ‘What Do You Mean?’, ‘Sorry’ and ‘Love Yourself’ gave Justin 3 consecutive UK No.1’s and, at one point, the singles sat at numbers 1, 2 and 4 respectively. There’s a sophistication to the cold minimalism of ‘Purpose’ and a self-awareness that alluded the Disney-style pop with which Bieber began his career and its made him a whole lot more popular.
In March, he faced a Comedy Central Roast, can be seen singing along to his own hits with James Corden here and here, as well as popping up on the comedy carousel of Vine. These flashes of personality at least distances the singer from his unappealing past and paved the way for ‘Purpose’.
It can’t be easy to make the transition from teen-star to serious artist and you can’t do it alone. Miley Cyrus is having a tougher time of it, but Bieber has obviously accomplished the leap and shaken off the bratty middle stage. The mega-star continues to break chart records, going from strength to strength as a maturing, genre-infusing chart-topper.
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