Justin Bieber illustration 2013 infographic
Illustration shows Justin Bieber.


Justin Bieber 2013

By Chris Dinsdale

October 5, 2013 - Justin Bieber embarks on a new international tour, playing dates in China, Japan, South Korea and Macao from Oct 5-12, Latin America from Oct 19-Nov 20, and New Zealand and Australia from Nov 23-Dec 8. The 19-year-old Canadian pop star has a massive following worldwide, with 41 million followers on Twitter. However, he has also attracted unwelcome publicity for a number of recent misdemeanours.

Canadian teen popstar Justin Bieber embarks on a new tour to Asia, Latin America and Australasia this year.

Bieber first sprang to fame in 2008 after a hit video featuring the musician was discovered on YouTube. In the intervening years we've been dragged kicking and screaming through "Bieber Fever", with its dedicated fanbase populated by the "Beliebers". Still in his early teens, Bieber was rapidly signed by a major label. His first studio album, My World 2.0, debuted at No.1 in numerous countries, preceded by the hugely successful single, Baby. At 19 years of age he has performed a concert tour, released two more studio albums and a 3-D film documenting his life as a pop culture phenomenon.

But in recent months we have borne witness to a familiar sight -- that of the celebrity meltdown, which sparked an inevitable media furore. Displaying a shocking lack of self awareness, the pop star was reported saying while on a visit to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam "Hopefully she would have been a Belieber". Add this to altercations with photographers and run-ins with the police for drug possession and it is not so much Bieber Fever as a Bieber backlash. Perhaps this is part of a carefully cultivated transformation of his public image. More likely Bieber is a victim of his own celebrity, joining the likes of Britney Spears and Tom Cruise.

PUBLISHED: 13/09/2013; STORY: Liam Bolton; PICTURES: Bob Hoare