Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Bad News Bieber: Album Sales Drop 79%, Feud with Grammy Winner, Low “SNL” Ratings


It’s a bad week for lil’ Justin Bieber. The 18 year old tween pop star wasn’t nominated for any Grammys or invited to the show. So he took a gig hosting and performing on “Saturday Night Live.” And the result: some low ratings for the show, which had been on a ratings roll of late. Ratings were down 4% from the previous episode.

Bieber was so stressed for attention on Sunday night during the Grammys that he posted a shirtless picture of himself on Instagram to appear “sexy,” offered his Twitter followers a bite of a new song, and wailed most of the night about being “frustrated.” No one was watching him!

On top of that, after debuting at number 1 on the charts with 212,000 copies, Bieber’s “Believe (Acoustic)” dropped 79% in its second week, selling just 44,000 copies. Maybe some of the people who bought it realized they already had all those songs on “Believe,” the original album, and told their friends on the playground.

But it’s the feud with Grammy award winning Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney that’s heating up the internet. After Carney said in an interview on the Grammy red carpet that Bieber should be happy with all the money he’s made–because the Grammys are about music and not money–Bieber imploded. He Tweeted that someone should slap the Black Keys drummer around. Of course, that would be someone else, not Bieber. He will send a bodyguard to do the job.

All of this begs the question of where this Justin Bieber story will end one day. He’s on TMZ nearly every day being pulled over in some $100,000 car that he can’t drive. He’s had numerous embarrassing moments of being snapped while smoking pot– a no no for role models for 13 year olds, his main audience.

Meantime, to add insult to injury–Bieber’s ex-girlfriend showed up at a show put on by a better Bieber, the original Justin, Timberlake, on Sunday night after the Grammys. I spoke to her for a few minutes. She was very nice. But she also seemed a little interested in country singer Hunter Hayes–who’d actually been on the Grammys to represent the teen audience. Yikes.




Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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