Trivia / Justin Bieber

  • Career Resurrection: After spending most of 2013 and 2014 as the biggest punchline in pop music, and failing to produce any major hit singles, he reappeared in 2015 with two top-10 hits: "Where Are U Now" (with Skrillex and Diplo; which won Bieber his first Grammy) and his first #1 "What Do You Mean?" His album Purpose was a smash hit, producing two more #1 hits with "Sorry" and "Love Yourself" (the two biggest hits of 2016).
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Not only are there two movies, but there are also Bieber teddy bears, Bieber dolls (that sing!), Bieber jewellery, Bieber kits, Bieber bedsheets... you name it.
  • Channel Hop: He was transferred from Island Records to Def Jam Recordings when The Island Def Jam Music Group folded in 2014.
  • Creator Killer: There were four things that are said to be responsible for making Bieber's career decline between 2013 and 2015:
    • 1. Bieber hitting adulthood and many of his oldest fans starting to grow out of him.
    • 2. The explosive breakout of boy band One Direction, taking away almost all of Bieber's youngest fans and quite a chunk of the older ones as well.
    • 3. His attempt to retool himself as a "bad boy" to try and stay relevant.
    • 4. His hatedom continuing to grow rapidly and them doing everything in their power to wipe Bieber Fever off the face of the Earth, with even mainstream media joining in on the fight against him.
      • However, Bieber staged a massive comeback in 2015, when his album Purpose produced three #1 singles, winning back many of his former fans, and snapped One Direction's streak of #1 albums.
  • Fan Nickname: So, so many of them:
    • For starters, there's "Biebus" (since his fans think he's like Jesus).
    • "Beliebers" like having Bieber Fever, while haters dislike having the Biebonic Plague.
    • People who are into Pokémon seem to call him "Justin Bibarel".
    • And then there's "Justine Bieber" for the haters who purposely call him a girl.
    • The seemingly ubiquitous Grandpa nickname: "Jason Booby"
    • One of The Jonas Brothers called him "Bustin Jieber" on twitter and it caught on for a while.
    • Many of his haters call him Justin *Bleep*er.
    • Then there's "The Biebs."
    • And don't forget SpongBieb SquarePants.
  • Fandom Life Cycle: Came in reach of being a household name at his peak, but has since gone back to merely having a modest sized fandom of particularly dedicated fans and otherwise being a gigantic target of mockery, and thanks to his big comeback, he's firmly a household name again.
  • One of Us: He's a fan of Guns N' Roses and Metallica.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, first discovered Bieber on accident while searching for videos of a different singer. When he tracked Justin down and approached his mother about representing Justin, she nearly refused on the grounds that Braun is Jewish, not Christian. It took church elders to convince her to go with Braun.
    • Justin actually began his life as an ardent sports player and fan and spent much of his life playing hockey. His friends and family actually thought he'd go on to be a professional hockey player when he grew up.
    • He was apparently Vince McMahon's backup host for WrestleMania XXVII in the event that The Rock was unavailable.


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