Conspiracy Theory Thursday: I Want to Beliebe

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I Want To Beliebe

Though largely overshadowed by such moments as Nicki Minaj’s callout of Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift being Taylor Swift, and Cyrus’s batsh*t, trippy performance with Wayne Coyne, Justin Bieber’s live medley of “Where Are Ü/What Do You Mean?” brought out the “wow” when he apparently broke down crying following his set. It was yet another noteworthy moment at Sunday’s MTV VMAs. I have to admit, “Where Are Ü” is pretty catchy, but he lost me at “What Do You Mean?”

Mind you, the bridge in the song is a spoken word piece of sophomoric philosophizing, which I have transcribed below and made into an inspirational quote you’d see on Pinterest because it has all the emotional depth of a kumquat. (Actually, now that I really think about it, maybe that whole spoken word thing is perfectly in line with the name of the song.)

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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber Retires? Or He Doesn't. What?

Among a heavy campaign promoting his new album and movie this week, Justin Bieber came out with the announcement of his retirement. Can it be? As I discussed yesterday, probably not, but with so much happening this week it's a good way to get into another news cycle. Never underestimate the effect of a bit of decent marketing. Meanwhile, the film, which documents Bieber's most recent Believe Tour, has opened to mixed reviews.

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Justin Bieber Calls It Quits? Yeah Right

So it looks like Justin Bieber wasn't just kidding when he supposedly joked around in an interview last week about retiring. It's actually happened, according to a Tweet that Biebs sent out on Christmas Eve:

However, as I've stated on this blog before, there's not really such a thing as retirement from the music industry (right, Cher?). Whether they get bored or into financial difficulties, artists usually seem to come back in some way or another before long. So, too, will it be the case with Bieber.

In fact, later tweets seem to be in contradiction to the retirement announcement:

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The Biebs is Retiring

Could it be? Is Justin Bieber quitting music for good? ... No, no he's not. But that didn't stop him from joking around during an interview with Power 106 FM in Los Angeles. When asked his plans for his next album, he said he would be "retiring" from music. Naturally, this news upset a lot of Beliebers. How could the Biebs just up and leave? However, his manager cleared the air by saying Bieber was "just kidding." Even in the full version of the interview, Bieber himself says he's joking, but hasty conclusions are more fun.

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A few weeks ago I covered just a few of the instances where an artist's behavior ruined a concert for their fans. Of course, terrible concerts tend to be few and far between. Most go off without a hitch and people have a good time. Occasionally, though, the artist or band does something that makes the show extra special, either for a specific fan or the audience as a whole.

Dave Matthews

File this one under "good things come to those who help others," especially when your assistance goes to the guy you're driving to see. Last month singer Dave Matthews was out riding before a concert in Hershey, PA, without a cell phone when the bike developed a flat tire. Emily Kaus, a Dave Matthews Band fan who was heading to the very same concert, and her boyfriend, stopped to help and discovered the subject of their rescue was none other than Matthews himself. So Matthews hitched a ride to the venue with Kaus and boyfriend. The two ended up having dinner with Matthews, and received a backstage visit and front-row seats at the show.

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