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Justin Bieber My World 2.0

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If you’re a Justin Bieber fan you’ll know that his new album, My World 2.0, comes out in a few days.  Some of the songs have already been released on iTunes, but the track listing for My World 2.0 is as follows:

1. Baby feat. Ludacris
2. Somebody to Love
3. Stuck in the Moment
4. U Smile
5. Runanaway Luv
6. Never Let You Go
7. Overboard
8. Eenie Meeniei feat. Sean Kingston
9. Up
10. That Should Be Me

So far, we’ve heard Baby, Never Let You Go and Eenie Meenie.  Justin also performed That Should Be Me and Smile on QVC 2 nights ago.  Smile is apparently going to be released on iTunes next week (once again presumably only for US fans…)

Why am I telling you this?  Well something is bugging me…

There appear to be several songs that are floating around the internet that aren’t on this album…  What happened to them?  First of all there was Pick Me, which was supposedly leaked onto YouTube (you can probably still find it if you do a search), and was a pretty awesome song.  When the tracklist was posted everyone wondered if “That Should Be Me” was just “Pick Me” with a different name, but Justin’s moving performance of the James Luke cover last night quelled those thoughts.  So why is Pick Me not on My World 2.0?

Also, Justin posted on Twitter about a song he was doing with Sean Kingston, and again if you search on YouTube you’ll find the video of them in the studio recording a song together.  The song sounds really good too.  So when I saw Eenie Meenie feat. Sean Kingston I thought to myself “that’s the one we saw on YouTube.”

Wrong.

This is a totally different song.  So where’s the song that we saw Justin recording with Sean Kingston last month?

Another thing that’s bugging me is why are there so many versions of My World to buy?  I’m in the UK and I bought the UK version of My World.  Now on iTunes, I can pre-order Justin’s new album, but it’s not My World 2.0, it’s My Worlds.  So I have to buy an album that has tracks I’ve already paid for.  Thing is, I already pre-ordered the US version of My World 2.0 so I could be in the fan mosaic.  And then I get an email saying if I pre-order it from the UK Justin Bieber website I can get an exclusive hoodie!  And then finally, QVC are releasing a version with an exclusive DVD that you can’t get anywhere else.

I want to be on the fan mosaic.  I want the Justin Bieber hoodie.  I want the exclusive QVC DVD.  But how do I get all of those things?

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Something is finally starting to click…

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Yesterday was my 12th driving lesson, and I think I’ve finally got the hang of parallel parking and reversing round corners.  For the last few lessons I’ve really struggled to do them on my own (without my ADI telling me which way to turn the steering wheel!), especially on my night lesson (driving in the dark was scary and awesome!).

But I think something has finally clicked because I did 2 parallel parks perfectly yesterday, and I reversed round 2 different corners with no problem!  The curb was in my side mirror the whole time which is a first, so I’m feeling pretty good right now, I feel like I could take the test tomorrow!  But I’ve got another 2 weeks yet, and loads more lessons so I’ll be totally ready.

Next driving post will be on Thursday after my next lesson.  That’s when I’ll find out if yesterday was just a fluke and I actually still suck and driving backwards…

3 Year Old Crying Over Justin Bieber – Well Orchestrated Plot or Pure Innocence Itself?

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If you’re a fan of Justin Bieber you’ve no doubt seen the following video:

Click here to view the video, YouTube won’t let me embed it into this post

The little girl in the video is 3 year old Cody. She has 2 older sisters who are clearly huge Justin Bieber fans. So obviously seeing how much her sisters love him she has decided, at 3 years of age, that she loves him too. And she loves him so much, that it makes her cry and listening to his songs makes her sad because she can’t see him every day and she wants him to be part of her family. And when asked why she loves him she says “because I know he loves me back.”

Before I go any further, let me just stress, that I am in no way suggesting that Cody was put up to this. I’m sure those were real tears, and she wasn’t prompted in any way to say the things she said. She’s obviously a very cute and very emotional little girl, and I have nothing against her. What I do have a problem with is the fact that this little episode was recorded and posted on YouTube.

What’s up with that? Why were they filming her in the first place? She ran into her room crying. Who’s first thought was “oh Cody’s crying, let’s get the camera out!” Her older sister who is also featured in the video clearly knows what she’s doing. She has her arm around Cody, being a loving big sister, and she carefully spends very little time looking into the camera. And then when Cody claims she’s seen her sisters crying over Justin Bieber she gets very defensive.

Then, when her mum asks if listening to his songs would make her feel better, Cody replies no it would make her cry again. So what does her sister do? Starts singing Justin Bieber songs to her. Clearly keeping her sister crying is key to her right now.

Then comes the strange bit. The mum says she’s going to turn the camera off. What does Cody say? No! She wants her mum to continue recording her while she’s crying. Doesn’t that seem weird to anybody else?

Finally comes the classic moment when the phone rings and Cody stops crying and says “I bet that’s Justin Bieber” causing laughs all round. Listen closely. The mum says “I got it” and the sister says “were you still recording?”

I can’t put my finger on it but something just isn’t right about this whole video.  Maybe it’s the fact that her sister says “I swear, if he sees this and he comes, then she will be my favourite sister forever.”  Clearly it was posted in at attempt to get some publicity in the hopes that Justin would see it and they would get to meet him. After all, if Justin was to see this video, how could he not go to see his number one fan? Well, they got their wish. Check this out:

So because Cody didn’t have her nap, and she was crying over Justin Bieber, and her parents had the forethought to film her crying and stick in on the Internet, their 3 daughters got to meet Justin Bieber and be on TV. You think that’s fair? Neither do I.

And before you say it, I’m not jealous. I’m 24 for crying out loud, I don’t want to marry Justin Bieber, I don’t cry about him because I didn’t have my nap and I don’t want him to be in my family. But what message is this little story sending out? Does Cody now think that whenever she wants something all she has to do is cry and she’ll have everything she wants? Every Justin Bieber fan out there with a little sister is thinking “darn why didn’t I think of this?” And Justin Bieber may well be thinking “uh oh what have I started here?”

Should Justin go and visit every fan that posts a video of themselves crying on YouTube? Is there an age limit? What else would get Justin’s attention? I’m just worried how far this is going to go.

What do you guys think about the video? Do you think it was planned, or orchestrated, or that Cody was encouraged in some way? I think she’s cute, and I’m happy that she got to meet Justin. I just seriously hope that her parents have explained to her that this is not how the real world works.

We Are the World vs Somos El Mundo

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Unless today is your first time on a computer, you will probably have seen this video:

It’s a 25th Anniversary remake of We Are the World which was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and originally featured singers such as Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Diana Ross and Bob Dylan. This updated version which is to raise money for Haiti features classics like Barbara Streisand, Tony Bennett, Janet Jackson, and even includes footage of Michael Jackson from the original version. There are also lots of younger performers in this version, including Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. Sadly, “singers” such as Lil Wayne and Akon were also allowed to be a part of this one. But I’ll get to that later.

Overall, I like this new version. The voices blend well together, there’s a good mix of young and old, and they haven’t changed it too much, at least not until they start inserting auto-tuning and rapping towards the end. In my opinion Wyclef Jean steals the show and gives a fantastic display of vocals in honor of his home country. Akon and Lil Wayne basically embarrass themselves by even showing up and attempting to give the impression of possessing the talent to sing.

But it’s for a good cause, and even the slightly out of place rap segment can be overlooked, when you actually listen to the words and their uplifting message. So I give the song and its video 2 thumbs up.

Then I saw this.

For some reason, this video made me kind of mad. I couldn’t put my finger on it at first, but the more I watched it, I realised what it was. The performers in this video (most of whom I admittedly have never seen before) all seem to be more preoccupied in showing off their vocal talents than actually focusing on the cause that they’re singing for. In We Are the World, I could find hardly any instances of the artists looking at the camera, but in Somos El Mundo, each performer seems to think they’re in their own personal music video. A lot of the singing was quite over the top with lots of unnecessary warbling. It gave me the impression that they were all thinking “ooh, charity single? What a great excuse to show everyone what great singers and performers we are.”

Am I being too harsh? Would I feel differently if I knew these singers better? I have to admit, of the performers I was familiar with (David Archuleta, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and Shakira) I didn’t find them to be so over-the-top. Am I just being a bit judgmental towards people who I haven’t seen before? I’m not saying that I didn’t think they were talented. I thought they all have great voices, I just think they all seemed to be trying too hard, as if it was all about them.

So what do you think? Take a look at both videos and tell me if I’m crazy or if what I’ve said makes even the tiniest bit of sense. I’m not prejudiced against Spanish people. I speak Spanish, I love Spain, and I like Oreja de Van Gogh (a Spanish pop group) so I don’t want to give the impression that I don’t like this version because it’s Spanish. That’s not it. And now I feel like I’m digging myself into a big hole so I’m going to shut up and ask you for your opinions.