"As humanity continues its migration onto the digital plane, we’re still learning how to process instant access to breaking world news, the entirety of recorded human history and 24-hour surveillance of our favorite pop singers. In order to become a belieber, I would need to adapt. So at the stroke of noon, I closed all of the usual windows on my computer screen and began waterboarding myself with Bieber-related content. And nothing else."
— our pop music critic Chris Richards, who wants to belieb. Read on.
"While it’s difficult to imagine any of the songs on ‘Believe’ defining an era, squinting into the future feels like energy wasted. Scores of young fans love Justin Bieber right this minute, even if they don’t know who he really is. So long as he remains a blank slate, his fate isn’t sealed. And that’s the perverse triumph of ‘Believe.’ A superstar’s future has never felt blanker."
— Chris Richards on Justin Bieber’s new album.
"We celebrate the arrival of a miracle child worshipped by millions around the world … Justin Bieber."
— Conan O’Brien, before hosting “Christmas in Washington” yesterday.