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Finding a cure for Bieber Fever

(Cloud Gamble)

He currently stands at about 5 foot 7, with music that make girls’ hearts throb, and a mop of hair and smile that makes girls swoon. Did I mention he’s only 16 years old?

This teen heartthrob is better known as Justin Bieber. He is the cause of the worldwide phenomenon known as Bieber Fever: an obsession with his baby-face looks, soft eyes, girl-like voice, and everything else about him.

Excuse me, ladies, can’t you find a real man? Because I know I can.

As popular as his music is, according to, none of Bieber’s songs have made it to number one, though his album “My World 2.0” made it to number one on April 10, 2010.

I truly don’t understand what makes girls love Bieber. As the protégé of Usher, he has some big shoes to fill. At the Grammys, the two collaborated in a performance that was rather impressive, but Usher still stole the show with his dance moves.

Bieber is just another teen sensation, part of the trend towards younger and younger performers trying to make it big.

Bieber collaborated with Jaden Smith on one of his most recent songs, “Never Say Never.” Smith is only 12 years old.

The biggest difference between Bieber and Smith is that Smith had the stardom of his parents, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, to help him jump-start his career. Bieber relied on YouTube.

Bieber’s upcoming documentary “Never Say Never” and his recently published memoir “First Step 2 Forever” are about his journey to stardom in his short 16 years of existence. But really, what is there to say? Perhaps the moment that changed his life forever and brought him under the wing of Usher, and maybe about the intense work that goes into producing a show, but really, those are nothing.

Is this something that we are going to continue to see? Will the industry continue showcase younger and younger entertainers?

Usher wasn’t discovered until 1994 — at the age Bieber is now — after being on “Star Search.” His first album helped him onto the scene, but he didn’t achieve superstardom until years later.

Unlike Usher, Bieber had the happy help of the Internet to make it big.

Wannabe pop stars are searchable on YouTube, and they either become a pop-culture sensation or total jokes. Bieber’s case is obviously the former.

His YouTube page boasts millions of views, and his Facebook page over 20 million fans, and both numbers are still climbing.

I’m happy to say that I am not one of the millions of girls who have fallen prey to this Bieber Fever phenomenon.

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