Justin Bieber Compares His Career to Justin Timberlake's
Justin Bieber put himself in some pretty serious company during a recent interview with BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw on Oct. 27, telling the DJ he believes that his career is mirroring fellow teen idol-turned-grown-up pop star Justin Timberlake.
"He was in NSYNC and of course they had an amazing sound but it was also, it was young. It was for teenagers," Bieber said. "And I feel when he transitioned and started making ‘SexyBack’ and stuff, he really found something that was unique to what he was feeling and what he wanted to do. So I think it takes time as an artist to develop your style and develop what you like and what you don’t like."
Is Justin Timberlake no longer the biggest Justin in town? Only time will tell –
Does Justin Bieber consider himself the new Justin Timberlake? Looks like it! The ‘Sorry’ singer sat down with UK radio host Nick Grimshaw to talk about his new album and how his career trajectory is not all that different from JT’s. Are you buying it?
Justin Bieber, 21, has made quite the musical comeback recently, transitioning from teen heartthrob to all out pop superstar in seemingly no time at all. But according to the Biebs himself, that transformation was inevitable, using Justin Timberlake’s, 34, career as a perfect example to explain how it all happened. To hear more about Justin Bieber, head over to iTunes and download the latest HollywoodLife podcast for free!
The “Sorry” singer stopped by BBC Radio 1 on October 27, where he chatted a bit with host Nick Grimshaw about his new album, and how his sound has matured over the years. During their conversation, Nick pointed out that Justin’s single “What Do You Mean” seemed to change a lot of people’s opinions about him to which Justin agreed, crediting the fact that he’s now more in control of his creative process. To further explain his point, Justin likened his transition to that of Justin Timberlake’s and the release of his first solo album FutureSex/LoveSounds.
“Look at Justin Timberlake. You know, he was in NSYNC and of course they had an amazing sound but it was also, it was young. It was for teenagers,” Justin explained. “And I feel when he transitioned and started making ‘Sexy Back’ and stuff, he really found something that was unique to what he was feeling and what he wanted to do. So I think it takes time as an artist to develop your style and develop what you like and what you don’t like.”
Of course, this is hardy the first time the Biebs has compared himself to the great JT. Back in 2012, Justin told MTV News that he’s always admired the former boy bander, despite the fact that their comparisons aren’t totally on point. “He was young, and he did it and he was really amazing and had such amazing music,” Justin said when asked if Timberlake had influenced his music. “I can’t say I would be upset when someone compares me to him — I just feel like my music is going a completely different route. But definitely, hat goes off to him.”
'The Voice' Recap: Rihanna Continues to Push Artists to New Heights
The Knockouts continued on The Voice tonight, with more artists advancing to the Live Playoffs as the coaches struggled with who to cut and who to keep. There to help the artists evolve and discover their potential was Rihanna, and once again, she didn’t miss a beat in rehearsals.
First up, Gwen Stefani paired her young artists Korin Bukowski and Summer Schappell. Bukowski decided to sing “All I Want” by Kodaline, hoping to show off her range to Stefani. Rihanna encouraged her to just lean into her weird side and be herself instead of holding back. It was her personal best performance so far in the competition. Schappell, Team Gwen’s resident country artist, chose to sing “Little White Church” by Little Big Town, which Rihanna said was one of her favorite country songs.
Schappell gave the more dynamic performance, but they both sounded great. The coaches described Schappell as a firecracker, but Stefani surprised by choosing Bukowski as the winner. No one opted to steal Schappell, and Adam Levine assured Stefani that she made the right choice.
Next, Levine paired Keith Semple and Dustin Christensen, whom he stole from Blake Shelton in the Battle Round. Christensen decided to sing “Free” by Zac Brown Band. He gave a solid performance, but it wasn’t a particularly exciting one. Semple chose Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is,” and Rihanna helped him figure out how to handle the hook without straining his voice too much. Semple’s vocals were strong, but more than just that, he very clearly incorporated the feedback he received during rehearsal and showed growth. Levine chose Keith as the winner, which was definitely the right choice. Christensen was not stolen, so his The Voice journey came to an end.
For the final battle of the night, Pharrell paired Darius Scott and Morgan Frazier, whom Pharrell stole from Shelton in the Battle Round. Scott chose to sing “On Broadway” by George Benson, which was definitely the perfect song to showcase his control over really intricate runs. In his Knockout, Scott had command over the vocals and the stage. Scott has a throwback sound that makes him a very interesting contender in the competition. But Frazier is also a very strong asset to team Pharrell.
She sang Eli Young Band’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” and Pharrell pushed her in the rehearsal to really connect with the emotional side of the performance. She was so moved by Pharrell and Rihanna’s encouragement that she was actually moved to tears in rehearsal. But she remained strong in her performance, finally letting loose. She worked hard and showed real improvement, leaving Pharrell with a tough choice. He went with Scott, who is definitely the better fit on Team Pharrell. But it wasn’t the end of the road for Frazier, who was stolen back by Shelton, bringing Frazier back to Team Blake where she belongs.
Next week, it’s more Knockouts! Rihanna continues to help the artists be the best they can be, and the coaches make their final decisions before the Live Playoffs. Which team is your favorite at this stage of the competition?
This article originally appeared in THR.com.
Adele Reveals Who ‘Hello’ is About
Let's give a big, warm hello to the newly candid Adele!
The 27-year-old singer has famously kept her private life under wraps. But in her first in-depth interview in nearly three years, the "Hello" artist is opening up about music, motherhood and her favorite musicians.
In a 90-minute conversation with i-D magazine, Adele confessed that she doesn't have a Facebook and she's not on Netflix. However, she's a huge fan of Teen Mom, The Walking Dead and American Horror Story.
As for singing around the house, she tries to keep it to a minimum. The proud mom admits, however, that her son loves "Row Row Row Your Boat."
Lucky for us, this was only the beginning of a wide-ranging interview fans will appreciate greatly. Take a look at five must-read tidbits we just couldn't get enough of.
"Hello's" True Meaning: As soon as Adele's new single premiered last week, people couldn't help but speculate about real meaning of those hurts-so-good lyrics.
One thing is for sure: It's not an apology to a guy she used to date. "Oh, god no. That's over and done with, thank f--k. That's been over and done with for f--king years," she shared. "No, it's not about anyone specifically. It's about friends, ex-boyfriends, it's about myself, it's about my family. It's also about my fans as well. I feel like everyone thinks I'm so far away and I'm not. Everyone thinks I live in f--king America, I don't."
She continued, "The song is about hurting someone's feelings but it's also about trying to stay in touch with myself, which sometimes can be a little bit hard to do. It's about a yearning for the other side of me. When I'm away, I really, really miss my life at home. The way that I feel when I'm not in England, is desperation. I can't breathe anywhere else."
Always Remembering Amy Winehouse: One of Adele's favorite artists was the late "Rehab" crooner. She recalls watching the recent documentary Amy and having strong emotions following the film. "I loved her and I went through my own massive grieving process as her fan. I'd finally got to a place where I felt really great about the impact she'd had on my life, in every way," she revealed. "I felt really, really fond of it all. But then I read this review of [the film] and that made me go and see it."
So what did she think of it?
"I love watching her, but I kind of wish I hadn't seen it," she confessed. "But you know, I love Amy. I always have, I always will. Do you know what makes me super sad? That I'm never going to hear her voice again, other than how I've heard it."
Taylor Swift Celebrates '1989' Birthday With Live 'Out of the Woods' Video
On 1989’s birthday, Taylor Swift has a special gift for all of us.
The pop superstar offered her own anniversary present in the form of an intimate acoustic performance of the 1989 track “Out of the Woods,” from an appearance at her record-breaking exhibit at the Grammy Museum on Sept. 30.
In the clip, Swift introduces “Woods,” which she co-wrote with Jack Antonoff, with a bit of backstory, revealing that the inspiration for the song stemmed from an uneasy yet significant relationship.
“The number one feeling I felt in the whole relationship was anxiety,” she told the audience in the Clive Davis Theater. “It felt very fragile, it felt very tentative. And it always felt like, ‘OK, what’s the next roadblock?’ What’s the next thing that’s gonna deter this? What’s -- how long do we have before this turns into an awful mess and we break up? Is it a month, is it three days?'"
She continued by noting that although the romance wasn't ideal, it still was an important experience. "I think a lot of relationships can be very solid. That’s what you hope for – solid and healthy, but that’s not always what you get. And it doesn’t mean that it’s not special, and extraordinary just to have a relationship that’s fragile and somehow meaningful in that fragility.”
After her opening, Swift drifts into a soft, tender rendition of the track, complete with self-accompaniment on the piano. The stripped-down take heightens its emotional appeal, as Swift’s vulnerability still captures listeners’ attention, even without the heavy production of its studio recording.
Since Swift first unveiled “Woods” as a promotional release last October, it’s been a monumental year for the Grammy-winner. This week, her 1989 became only one of five albums to spend its first year in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, sparking three No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 along the way. Her success led to a sweep of eight Billboard Music Awards in May, including top artist, top Billboard 200 artist and top Hot 100 artist.