Bieber fever shocked Sydney a year ago when thousands of hysterical tweens and teens unexpectedly arrived at the Overseas Passenger Terminal for a television appearance and later caused mayhem at Sunrise‘s Martin Place studios where police cancelled a show for safety reasons.
Since then, armed with a debut record My World 2.0 Bieber has become as much a social media star as he has a chart-topper – his fans have downloaded more than 24 million singles and his YouTube videos have been viewed at least 1.5 billion times.
Like Lady Gaga, he is rewriting the pop rule book and knows a few daily Twitter or Facebook updates have more power to keep the fan fires burning than radio playing his breakthrough hit Baby three times a day.
“AUSTRALIA … we are coming … and there might be some surprises,” he posted at the weekend with a link to his song Next 2 You featuring Chris Brown, also touring Australia.
JUSTIN BIEBERBieber knows what to give his teenage audience. Picture: Adam Smith / The Courier-MailSource: The Courier-Mail
Some fans have even coerced their parents into spruiking for hotel rooms to get closer to Bieber as well as for tickets which range from $95 to $285 for the Bieber Fever Ultimate VIP package.
Dylan fans also paid $95 for their Sydney Entertainment Centre cheap seats, with the front rows costing just $175 to see a living legend perform classics including Like A Rolling Stone, A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall and Tangled Up In Blue.
Of course their extras for the evening will include dinner and drinks. The Beliebers will buy T-shirts, iPod skins, dog tags, towels, bracelets, tracksuit pants and a teddy bear.
JUSTIN BIEBERBieber fans swoon at their idol’s every move. You won’t see this kind of behaviour at a Dylan concert/ Picture: Adam Smith / The Courier-MailSource: The Courier-Mail
Baby face v Baby boomer
- AGE: 17
- ALBUMS: One studio album, two remix collections and one compilation
- CAREER: Signed to Island records in 2008 after discovered on YouTube
- SIGNIFICANT OTHER: Disney “It girl” Selena Gomez
- Named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People 2011
- MENTOR: Usher
- SOCIAL MEDIA: 9,141,770 Twitter followers; 25,986,403 people like him on Facebook
- AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES: Seven concerts
- AGE: 69
- ALBUMS: 34 studio albums plus live and compilation recordings
- CAREER: Signed to Columbia Records in 1961
- SIGNIFICANT OTHERS: Two ex-wives and six children
- Named one of Time’s 100 Most Important People of the Century
- MENTOR: Woody Guthrie
- SOCIAL MEDIA: 42,275 Twitter followers; 2,376,779 people like him on Facebook
- AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES: Nine concerts
Posted by: Jackie