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My World 2.0
Teen Island star Justin Bieber's newest single, "Baby" featuring Ludacris is the newest single from his forthcoming album, MY WORLD 2.0. Justin just appeared at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards telecast on CBS-TV and joined... more »
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Teen Island star Justin Bieber's newest single, "Baby" featuring Ludacris is the newest single from his forthcoming album, MY WORLD 2.0. Justin just appeared at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards telecast on CBS-TV and joined fellow Def Jam artist Rihanna and an all-star cast of NFL players at the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam LIVE concert in South Beach televised on VH1. MY WORLD (released November 17th) crossed the RIAA platinum plateau in just seven weeks, for U.S. sales in excess of 1 million units. The album contains his premiere quartet of Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits, "One Time" (certified RIAA platinum), "One Less Lonely Girl," "Love Me," and "Favorite Girl." Justin is the first solo artist in history to send four songs from a debut album into the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 prior to his album's release. Now plans call for MY WORLD 2.0 to be issued on March 23rd. "Baby" is the first new track to be released from that upcoming CD. Meanwhile, Justin has surpassed 100 million YouTube.com video views (the first 50 million of them as an amateur starting in 2007, posting renditions of his favorite hip-hop and R&B songs). Born in Stratford, Ontario, Justin Bieber is a multi-talented pop/soul singer, and a self-taught musician on drums, guitar, piano, and trumpet. His manager Scooter Braun intro¬duced Justin to the music industry in Atlanta two years ago. There he met multi-platinum superstar Usher, who signed the 13 year-old to his first professional deal and formed the RBMG joint-venture label with Braun and Antonio `L.A.' Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group.
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1 Star? Really?
E. Washington | Los Angeles, CA | 04/11/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Some of you are judging this kid like he's an ADULT. Of COURSE his lyrics are going to be immature, his target audience is 8-16 year old GIRLS! And not to mention he's only a child himself! First some of you worry that kids today are growing up too fast, singing about sex, and when the ONE child pop star sings about things he's supposed to, you STILL judge him. I thought the album was very good. I'm 20 years old and I think Justin Bieber's music is very age appropriate for the audience that the music is being sold to. Some of you really need to get a grip."
Justin Bieber - My World 2.0 5/10
Rudolph Klapper | Los Angeles / Orlando | 03/24/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The first step to accepting Justin Bieber is getting past his age. It's everywhere on this record, impossible to ignore, and, frankly, if Bieber was simply a twenty-something white boy with an R&B fetish, My World 2.0 would be easy to acknowledge as a disposable adult contemporary record in the vein of latter-day Backstreet Boys. But Bieber is just following in the proud tradition of plenty of vapid pop stars before him, from the Mickey Mouse club to Miley Cyrus, and although his voice stubbornly refuses to conjure up images of anyone older than thirteen, it would be shortsighted and irresponsible to write off Bieber as a flash in the pan novelty.
The problems at the heart of My World 2.0, actually, have little to do with Bieber's talent. For the most part, his production team, featuring ubiquitous and fairly anonymous hitmakers like The-Dream and The Stereotypes, do him little favors here. Too often Bieber is saddled with the kind of bland, by-the-numbers ballads like "Overboard" and "Up" that come off as duplicates of every other R&B slow jam out there, except sung by someone who can't have much experience in what he's singing about. Of course, therein lies the other major problem that undermines much of My World 2.0 - I'll be damned if Bieber is an expert in heartbreak, love, or any other of the sentiments he expresses in either his teenage lothario role ("Baby," "Runaway Love," "Stuck In The Moment,") or his grief-stricken dumpee role (uh, "That Should Be Me" - Bieber's a pretty optimistic guy, for the most part, making that particular song a contrived disaster). It's hard to take the majority of the lyrics seriously, so when Bieber croons "so give me the night / to show you, hold you" shortly followed by a chorus that goes "shorty is an eenie meenie miney mo lover," it's not only disturbing, but unintentionally hilarious. There's not much to say about the kind of producer who thinks the use of the term "shorty" with an elementary school gimmick is a good idea.
Nearly every song requires some sort of suspension of belief thanks to the lyrics, but if one ignores just what bull**** Bieber is spewing at any given time, My World 2.0 reveals itself as a largely unobjectionable slice of harmless pop music. In fact, Bieber's voice is the least offensive thing here; dude can sing. His decision to be more "edgy," what with the more R&B bent compared to his debut and Ludacris and Sean Kingston guest spots, occasionally pays some worthwhile dividends, particularly the bumping "Somebody To Love" and the surprisingly enjoyable piano-based rhythm of "Never Let You Go." It's noteworthy that the tracks that suffer the most rarely fail due on account of Bieber - even on the sappiest, cheesiest ballad, Bieber is genuinely pleasant to listen to, although the waves of hackneyed production and banal lyrics will turn off all but the most dedicated pop fan.
Despite Bieber's rather poor reputation outside of his prepubescent teenage girl demographic and the commercial stench the album gives off (Bieber on why he's released his debut in two parts: "people do not want to wait over a year and a half for new music;" surely the record company had no say in this), My World 2.0 is effective and innocent Top 40 material, if not terribly inventive. It won't do much to quiet the haters, but if Bieber gets some quality material and reaches that inevitable "I'm coming out as a mature artist"-stage, he might establish himself as an enduring pop star. If not, I'm sure there's a lucrative future in bat mitzvah gigs for the Bieb."
The 1 star reviews are just silly
Melanie M. Cox | Covington, GA USA | 04/10/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Certainly no one will argue that this is "great music", but it is what it is. He is 16 - his audience is the 8-15 year old female, what can't people get through their heads? If you like punk or grunge or alternative, this is certainly not the CD for you and I would have to question why you have even listened to the CD in the first place in order to review it. Are these people just defensive because they secretly like Justin? I'm a 37 year old mom and all I know is the kid is cute, his music isn't offensive and my two oldest daughters (13 and 11) think he is awesome (posters everywhere). They have really enjoyed this CD and that is where my 5 star rating comes from. I have to admit that even I have walked around at work humming "Baby". I don't get why there always has to be that group of nay- sayers who want to criticize that which is not to their taste. If you don't like the kid, just don't listen to him."