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Justin Bieber: The Fever!

Justin Bieber: The Fever!

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by Marc Shapiro

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Justin Bieber is the world's hottest new pop star and every music fan's favorite heartthrob! After being discovered on YouTube, Justin's singles have taken the music world by storm! Since then his career has continued to heat up with an appearance as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live and features on the covers of People and Billboard. Fans


Justin Bieber is the world's hottest new pop star and every music fan's favorite heartthrob! After being discovered on YouTube, Justin's singles have taken the music world by storm! Since then his career has continued to heat up with an appearance as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live and features on the covers of People and Billboard. Fans around the world can't get enough of him, and this book will answer all of their burning questions, including:

--What was Justin's childhood like growing up with a single mother?
--How has his life changed since becoming a pop superstar?
--What are the latest details on his next album?
--How did he teach himself to play so many instruments?
--Who are some of Justin's celebrity crushes?
--What are Justin's possible plans for the future?
--And much more!

With 16 pages of full-color photos, details of his wild 16th birthday party, his early dating experiences and crushes, and info on his hit singles, this biography is a must-have for every fan and the perfect gift! Get to know the real Justin Bieber, as never before!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Marc Shapiro ... gives you an unprecedented sneak peak into[Justin Bieber's]childhood, friendships with fellow teen sensations and stories from the road. This new bio is exactly what the loyal JB fan is looking for!” —CosmoGirl

“...a very interesting read and a great success story that is very inspiring.” —The Fringe Magazine

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St. Martin's Press
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5.38(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Justin was looking forward to doing all the things a sixteen-year-old can do. First of all, he would be able to get his driver’s license and, he hoped, a car. But easily more important to the teenager was that he would now be allowed to date.

“My mother told me I could not date until I was sixteen,” he said in a People magazine interview. “She thought I wasn’t ready yet because I was too immature. But she said I would have her permission when I turned sixteen.”

Justin knew that after working really hard for nearly two years, he was ready to blow off steam and make his sixteenth birthday a memorable one. He talked to his mother about it first. Pattie had to admit that her son’s ideas for his party were extreme. But she also had to admit that he was in a position to make all his dreams possible.  And who was she to deny him? Justin had come to

recognize pop stardom as a privilege and was always appreciative of what fame had done for him. He also gradually realized that, as long as he was not being totally unreasonable in his demands, he could pretty much get what ever he wanted, whenever he wanted it, just by asking.

His requests had never been what one would consider outrageous and so, with his birthday in sight, his big dreams suddenly took flight.

How big those dreams were became known on the Internet and other media outlets in mid-February, when the particulars of Justin’s party invitations, sent out to old friends, new friends, and important people in the music industry, were made public. What was planned as a three day party held at a private Malibu estate, would begin with the arrival of guests and a lavish birthday dinner on

February 27. February 28 would feature a private movie screening of The Book of Eli. March 1 would be the actual birthday bash, which would include a backyard pool-side barbecue, karaoke, sumo wrestling, laser tag, basketball, and air hockey, among other activities. The event would also offer guests such luxuries as an on-call chef, a gym, the use of a tennis court, and any number of video games.

With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the invitation included a waiver and release for those under the age of eighteen, stating that participation in this party may involve serious injury or death. But the reality of Justin’s party was that it was going to be kid-friendly: no alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs allowed. Needless to say, word of the party spread like wildfire with fans trying to crash it at any

cost. However, security was tight and only those with an invitation and proper ID made it in.

Pictures from the party quickly leaked out and what they showed was a happy Justin turning sixteen and showing signs of shedding his preteen image. He was all smiles by the pool, often surrounded by young girls in sexy two-piece swimsuits. The shyness had dissolved and his smiling face was a sure sign that he was getting older and more worldly.

Easily one of the high points of Justin’s three-day party was the arrival of Usher, who brought down the house with his birthday gift, a brand-new Range Rover.  Justin was beside himself with excitement. He was now old enough to drive, and he was old enough to date. Now, if he only had the time to do any of that.

Following his Malibu party, Justin flew to Toronto for a more intimate birthday party with his family and longtime friends. It was a different kind of affair. Nearly everybody there had known him before he had become famous and so the attitude was more relaxed and laid-back.

Despite his notoriety, nearly everyone had memories of what Justin had been like growing up, the things he liked to do, and where he hung out. Justin appreciated having this kind of grounding, a connection to the time before the whole world knew his name.  But just as quickly, it was back to the new world that had become his world.

In keeping with the way the My World songs were released, the first cut from My World 2.0, “Never Let You Go,” was released to iTunes on March 2 to the expected  positive reviews and a tidal wave of hits.  The Boston Herald said, “The promises of forever will undoubtedly delight the young girls who dream of spending eternity with pop’s newest heartthrob.” Rolling Stone reported, “The ballad is fully realized, mixing love struck lyrics with big, lovable choruses.”

For Justin, it was then back on yet another red-eye flight for another promotional jaunt on the other side of the world.

The first stop was Berlin, for The Dome 53 radio program on March 5. Justin was more than a little jetlagged but his spirits were raised when he was informed that back home he had been nominated in three diff erent categories in the annual Canadian equivalent of the Grammys, the Junos. He was in the running for Album of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, and New Artist of the Year.

Then it was over to London, where he appeared on the top-rated talk show Alan Carr: Chatty Man. And it was shortly after leaving that show that Justin, who as a pop star was already a hero, suddenly found himself a hero in a much more real sense.

When Justin left the studio, he was immediately confronted with a familiar sight— a wall of screaming girls pushing hard against a barricade and security attempting to protect him. He was fine with that until he happened to look down and spot a young child, perhaps no more than three, who had somehow managed to wriggle to the front of the crowd. The child looked confused and a bit frightened. Suddenly the crowd pushed particularly hard and the child fell down. The crowd was looming over the

child and would most certainly trample it. Justin did not have to think about what he did next. He reached dow and lifted the child up into his arms just as the crowd surged in, saving it from injury or much worse.

The next day he was off to the pop u lar morning talk show GMTV. During the interview he was asked whether or not he would ever consider dating a fan. Until now, that question was irrelevant, since he was not allowed to date, period. But since he had turned sixteen and his mother had given her son the okay, it was now a question worth contemplating.

“I don’t know,” he said on the show. “I think that it justdepends on what the situation is. I’m not going to limit myself.”

Justin was again highly visible on the charity front early in March, when he returned to Canada to help out Haiti. As Canadian singer- songwriter K’naan had already had a hit single with the song “Wavin’ Flag,” it was suggested that a cover, with the proceeds going to Haiti relief, would be a good idea. Canadian stars rallied around the concept. Under the banner Young Artists for Haiti, Justin, along with such celebrity stalwarts as Nelly Furtado, Drake, and Avril Lavigne, among others, recorded the song

during a quick session and happily watched as the song raised an incredible amount of money for Haiti relief.

Justin returned to the States and then, apparently more as a lark than anything else, appeared on the QVC Shopping Channel show Q Sessions to sing a few songs and do an awkward interview in an attempt to drum up presale orders for My World 2.0. That it came across to many as a total embarrassment did not seem to bother Justin or his handlers.

The QVC appearance was just another way of getting the word out that the release of My World 2.0 was a mere three days away. Not that any reminder seemed necessary at that point. The Internet had been abuzz for some weeks in anticipation of the album’s release. Some Web sites were literally counting down the weeks, days, and hours.

The second iTunes release, “U Smile,” was made available March 16, three days before the album’s release. Most critics seemed to understand the song’s old-school sentiments but Entertainment Weekly summed it up best when their critic called the song “a shimmery slice of blue-eyed soul.”

The album was unveiled with much hype and hoopla on March 19. Fans again lined up hours in advance for the chance to be one of the first to buy it. Copies were flying out of the stores. Insiders were not surprised. It would have been a colossal disappointment if the CD had not been successful. Once the dust settled, it became evident that the album was a smash-hit.

My World 2.0 debuted at 1 on the Billboard charts, selling 283,000 copies in its first week. That mark made Justin the youngest solo male act to top the charts since 1963, when a twelve-year-old Stevie Wonder accomplished the feat. When the album sold more copies in its second week than it did in the first, it made Justin the first artist since the Beatles to debut at number 1 and then sell

more copies the following week.

Like before, reviews were mixed, but the overwhelming majority seemed to get what Justin was all about.  People magazine said that the album was a combination of “yummy rhythm-and-blues-flavored pop and a sweet soulful voice.” US magazine said the album offered “hard to resist rhythm-and-blues-flavored pop and uniquely grown-up vocal trills.” Entertainment Weekly praised Bieber’s “rhythm-and-blues swagger which reminded [the writer] of the early days of Usher and Justin Timberlake.”

Needless to say, everybody connected with Def Jam was thrilled at how quickly and how well the album had performed. The record label’s head honcho, L.A. Reid, had long championed Justin and would take every opportunity to praise his client. In a press release from the time of My World 2.0’s release, Reid exclaimed, “Justin is nothing short of a phenomenon. It’s so rare to find any artist

this young with such pure star quality, such a dynamic presence, and such musical gifts.”

Justin wanted to celebrate the release of My World 2.0, and rather than have the typical music industry party, he preferred to have some old-fashioned fun. Strings were pulled and soon Justin and a close circle of friends were celebrating at the Lucky Strike Lanes bowling alley in New York City. Things were going along fine until the inevitable crowd of fans showed up and overran the bowling

alley. Everything was still more or less under control, but Justin’s security, having gone through the chaos of a Justin appearance too many times to count, decided to pull the plug on the event early. Justin had always stated that all he wanted was to be a regular kid. But on nights like this, he knew those days were gone forever.

Justin continued to be active through the remainder of March, appearing in concert at a Houston rodeo with Selena Gomez. Despite the already strong support for Justin in Texas, there was some question as to how young fans in a state known for being conservative would react to the flash of his performance. There was no reason to worry. As soon as Justin swaggered onstage, waved to the

crowd, and started to sing, the power of his performance instantly cut through any preconceived notions. Justin had easily taken Houston.

In a surprising bit of irony, Justin accepted an invitation to perform at American Idol’s annual charity show, Idol Gives Back— the irony being that he had now reached the age when he could have auditioned to be on the show. But he did not have to because his career had exceeded even the wildest dreams of American Idol contestants. Justin also discovered that he was now a media darling

at a major- league level. Top network shows, including ABC’s Nightline and CBS Evening News, featured lengthy interview segments with him. It was amusing to watch veteran journalists such as Katie Couric, who were more familiar with interviewing politicians and European royalty, try in vain to approach Justin from a fresh angle or ask a probing question. Although fun to watch, it was largely

a futile effort because the story had long been out there, and the likes of Tiger Beat, Bop, and Teen Vogue had covered it pretty well.

The View was particularly captivated by Justin, so much so that they had him on two back- to- back shows. Viewers could watch the all-women panel laugh their way through asking the typical teen-fan kind of questions. It might have been a tad condescending but Justin didn’t mind. Although he was young, he knew the score. The View was a show that was hurting in the ratings and figured that Justin’s appearances would goose said ratings for a couple of days. Barbara Walters was an old pro and knew the score. She would not say it publicly but she needed Justin more than Justin needed The View.

Elsewhere, there was some serious talking going on. Justin had already shown his ability on the concert stage countless times. The people guiding his career felt it was time for him to take the next step, which meant a mammoth headlining tour. It was easier said than done. A lot went into putting together that kind of tour. So while Justin continued on as before, the ins and outs of his concert tour debut were in motion.

And then there were those driving lessons.  It was something that had been kept under wraps. But

sometime before turning sixteen, Justin began pestering his parents, as well as every adult in his entourage, to teach him how to drive. At first, his request was laughed off , buteventually he had to be taken seriously. Pattie did not have the stomach for the task and so the job of teaching Justin how to drive fell to his father, Jeremy.

As Justin’s new life dictated, Jeremy would occasionally go on the road with his son. An already close relationship was made even closer as Jeremy got to experience firsthand the excitement surrounding his son’s celebrity.

When it was suggested that Jeremy should be the one to teach Justin to drive, he was all for it. On those rare occasions when there was some down time on the road, or when Justin could slip back to Canada for a day or two, Jeremy and Justin would fi nd a secluded spot and Justin would get behind the wheel.

How those driving lessons went have been kept secret but what is known is that Jeremy is a patient man and Justin, while anxious, took the lessons seriously. What is also known is that by the time Usher presented Justin with the Range Rover, Justin was reportedly more than capable of driving it. Now only one thing remained.

Finding the time to take his driver’s test.

Meet the Author

Marc Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of J.K. Rowling: The Wizard behind Harry Potter, and many other bestselling celebrity biographies. He has been a freelance entertainment journalist for more than twenty-five years, covering film, television and music for a number of national and international newspapers and magazines.

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Justin Bieber: The Fever! 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 423 reviews.
Christina Giordano More than 1 year ago
what a fantastic book i couldnt put it down its so worth buying his life is just so engaging OMG
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes it is hard for people to forgive. You should just say sorry and then give her time to think about. Don't worry, JESUS LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
Shannon White More than 1 year ago
Hmm???? Well what im saying is that, Justin Bieber is a great kid except' one problem, he has so many fans.... Thats not really a PROBLEM its just,,, that some people focus more on Justin Bieber then school, church, and more activity.... Im not saying dont focus on justin bieber, just also focus on school and stuff, before justin.. Thats my opinoin please keep posting on jbs file... but remember the advice... and hatters if u hate justin just dont get on here... dont ruein it for other people just saying....... Get the book if u want ppl i dont got it ... but looks interresting... oops spelled that wrong i think???????? NOT SURE??????? LOL!!!!!!!! Thank u God bless
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't really have a problem with Justin, i like some of his songs but i don' get why he's such a big deal, he's just a person who sings, my opinion
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate you jb
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey sorry i never responded to you. :( i had to go get my nook fixed. Im still up for nook s.e.x. ;) if ur still up for it responded to me asap. I hope were still together. I love you -trace
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE JB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greatest book ever i love justin bieber
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sux the life out if u Justin Bieber is sooooooooooo grosssss!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi its Newz Flash some of you have seen my review's. So i just wanted to ask everyone a question. Who is your favorite celebrity? Justin Bieber Selena Gomez Cody Simpson Miley Cyrus Zendaya Demi Lovato Please pick one of these 6 people for your favorite celebrity choice. Thank You!
Anonymous 6 months ago
I hate Justin now it just wired to find out stuff you never wanted to know about people you know or that are on tv
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Justin beiber is no homosexual.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Y do u peple come on here trying to find a relationship do that on facebook plz not here
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you interested? Anyone?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister will like to meet Justin Bieber. My sister is a huge fan of him. He makes my sister smile when she is down after school. Me and my sister went to see Justin Bieber sing. Justin Bieber is always cute. I am always there for my sister when the other kids bully her.Me my sister Raelynn and my niece Tamya went to see Justin Bieber he makes me my sister and my niece smile.we had so much fun at the concert we ate dinner there then we drop my niece off at her house then me and my sister went home we enjoy the concert
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this crush and her name is april but she knows. she likes guys that play sports and i play soccer, basketball, football, and baseball. One more thing she also likes a guy that does not lie to her and i never told a lie in my life.Reply back to cam d. 13 by the way my name is david
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He. Is. A. Freaking. Messed-up. Gay. Idiot.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is actually not gay and he does not do that. I think he would agree with me that the stuff your saying is not true. So please dont spread false information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would love it if you came to Calvery Chapel Fort Lauderdale!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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This is alexa aand do you stil wanna chat?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Happy birthday Justin Bieber!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago