Monday, April 15, 2024

Bieber Fever: Hundreds of Kids Post Videos for Born to Be Somebody


Hey kids: famed songwriter Diane Warren is really happy that hundreds of you have posted You Tube videos for her song “Born to Be Somebody.” Diane was beaming over the weekend showing me all the different versions–1200 to 1500–that kids have posted–boys, girls, children–from all over the place. Diane wrote the song for Justin Bieber to sing in his “Never Say Never” movie. The song has touched a nerve, and now everyone’s doing it. I’ve put four of the amateur You Tube creations in the video box below, and we’ll change them a couple of times to get some more in. They aren’t professional; this isn’t “American Idol.” But it reminds me of the old days when kids were trying to learn songs like Joni Mitchell’s “The Circle Game” or anything by James Taylor or Neil Young. Songs become anthems for generations, and something tells me Warren has written a timeless one. Do I hear a Grammy nomination for Best Song, 2012? Maybe! If you have more suggestions of amateur videos for this song, send them to me.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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