Get ready for an even larger outbreak of Bieber Fever.
Sure, parents, you may think you successfully inoculated the kids from swooning for 16-year-old singing sensation Justin Bieber and his baby-baby-baby-oh charms. Maybe you smartly avoided the Great Bieber Riot of 2009 at Roosevelt Field Mall. And maybe you kept his appearance at The Pop-Con at Nassau Coliseum in February under the radar.
But now? Bieber is back - and he's settling in for the long haul.
His methods of attack:
Bieber's "My World" tour, which hits Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, shows how much The Beeb has grown in stature since February. Not only is he headlining arenas by himself, he has big-time props, including a floating metal heart that suspends him above the crowd, and a gondola. His show, now super-sized to 100 minutes, still includes the bit where he sings "One Less Lonely Girl" to a young girl, but now she also gets a bouquet of flowers.
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He's on his mentor Usher's new CD with a remix of "Somebody to Love." He and Kanye West have been tweeting about a collaboration, possibly including Raekwon. He's announced his plans to work with Lil Wayne. He's been hanging out with Shaquille O'Neal and (much to Bill O'Reilly's chagrin) Kim Kardashian.
Though he's still a teen, he's already finished his memoir, "Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever - My Story," which arrives from HarperCollins in hardcover this October. It's illustrated with never-before-seen photos, natch.
Paramount Pictures has hired John Chu (of "Step Up 3-D" fame) to direct a documentary about Bieber's meteoric rise to superstar status and what his life is like off the stage. It comes out on Valentine's Day weekend 2011.
WHO Justin Bieber
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Tuesday, Madison Square Garden
INFO $29.50-$69.50; 212-465-6741. Find available Justin Bieber tickets.
What the critics say
"Midway through a fizzy, sold-out performance, 16-year-old Justin Bieber hovered over centre ice in a heart-shaped aluminum carrier, just above the out-stretched sensations of his girly fan base . . . The puppy lovers had in their midst the biggest puppy of them all, and nothing he could have done could have left them much disappointed." - Brad Wheeler, Toronto Globe and Mail
"While he certainly appears to be all of 16 - as evidenced by his gangly limbs and awkward countenance - his moves came off more like those of a winded 50-year-old than an energetic young man. As far as his personal charm goes, let's just say it suffers in comparison to his dancing." - Bob Mehr, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Here's what Bieber played at the John Labatt Centre, near his
hometown of Stratford, Ontario
"Never Let You Go"
"One Less Lonely Girl"
"Somebody to Love"
"Overboard" (with Jessica Jarrell)
"Never Say Never"
"That Should Be Me"
"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' "/"Walk This Way"
"Eenie Meenie" (with Sean Kingston)
"Down to Earth"