Is Justin Bieber a Fad or Trend?

Justin Bieber is the newest teen singing sensation to hit the pop charts. Just when you thought all the pre-teen girls had made up their minds and dedicated their lives to the Jonas Brothers, a new star comes into the limelight to snatch their hearts. He's young, he can sing, he's soft spoken, and he dresses well. All the things that can turn a normal rationally thinking girl into a screaming star-struck teenage groupie. But how long will this Bieber-Mania last? Is Justin Bieber just another fad, or is he here to stay? In order to answer that question, let's take a look at some of the other more recent fads and trends that have come and gone, and some that are still around.

Well before we can determine what type of fad or trend Justin Bieber is, we need to examine the others who came before him to establish which groups or singers he's more similar to. I personally think he's more similar to a member in a boy band, than he is to a bonafide R n' B singer like Usher or Chris Brown. While he does sing solo, he still seems to have that boy band style about him and his sound. Maybe it's because he's white or so young, but then again, I don't get the same vibe when I listen to Justin Timberlake. While Justin Timberlake was in a boy band at one time, I think he's successfully broken out of that and paved a path of his own. But will Justin Bieber evolve with his music like Timberlake did, or will he end up as a has-been fad like so many young music sensations that came before him?

When I think about Justin Bieber and the current demand for his albums, it reminds me of my time as a young teen. It takes me back to a time when I was listening to Michael Jackson and Guns n Roses, like lots of boys my age, while many girls were listening to New Kids on the Block and groups like that. This begs the question to be asked: What happened to New Kids on the Block? While the group has had reunions and even recent tours, I would never refer to them as a trend. A group like that is the epitome of a fad. They are the very definition of what it means to be a fad. I remember a brief 5-year time frame about twenty years ago, when you couldn't go anywhere in the world without seeing one of their stickers on a teenage girl's walkman, or hear their music on the radio. Now they are just an opening act for the likes of Natasha Bedingfield and Lady Gaga.

Also, who could forget Hanson? Well unfortunately for them, it seems millions already have. When was the last time you saw Hanson at the top of the charts? If you don't remember who they are, they were a 3 member boy band, composed of brothers, who had a #1 hit in the late 90's. At the time, teenage girls were lining up in shopping malls across America to get a glimpse of them and maybe get a picture autographed. Where are they now? Probably hanging out on The Block with the New Kids, talking about the good old days when they could sell out arenas and coliseums.

The Backstreet Boys, Nsync, and 98 Degrees. These 3 groups dominated the late 90's. Nobody was posing any competition to these guys when it came to album sales. Out of all three groups, only one person, Justin Timberlake, seems to have had held on to his commercial fame longer than expected. So this type of conversion, from teen heart throb to adult success, seems to be a very difficult one for most young celebrities to succeed with. So as far as Justin Bieber, it is possible for him to become on official trend and remain in the charts for a long time to come, but it's not probable. The odds are definitely against him.





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