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As can be expected fans are going wild over the Bieb’s new album. He’s sold over 373,000 units during its first week of release, which in this age of digital piracy is considered damn good. The problem….we all thought it would do much better. Music industry insiders thought he would do somewhere in the 410,000 to 420,000 range.
I mean come on he’s got 24 million twitter followers. He released snippets and sneak peaks of this album forever. He was on “the Voice” , “Letterman” and every show you can think of. He even went the gangsta route and knocked down a photog for some additional street cred. His boyfriend video on youtube has 88 million views,. So what gives?
What gives is the fact that he’s not a kid anymore. He’s not the cute cuddly thing that everyone has to have. Although Usher is his mentor, The Bieb has not turned into the “Sexy Bieb”. If you don’t make that transition, and clearly he hasn’t, then you will be stuck being a Teen Idol which means you will be replaced by someone who is actually a Teen.
So what am I saying??
I’m saying that Justin Bieber’s days as a Teen Phenom are numbered. Digital sales is why most musicians get into other forms of performing such as Television and movies. Bieb’s CD is being offered on Amazon for $4.99. The real thing is $16 but I haven’t personally seen anyone unwrapping a physical CD since Bieb was in footie pajamas.
Let’s not get to worried too quick. The boy is not dumb or at least surrounds himself with very smart people. He’s very well invested and can still market just about anything he wants.
Bieber is branching out and will be around for a while especially in the internet space. He’s got a ton of investments going, including a stake in Spotify. The list also includes
- Stamped (an app that allows you to rate stuff from restaurants to music)
- WeTopia (a Facebook based Farmvillesque game where money can be won and donated to charity)
- Sojo Studios (a gaming outfit)
That’s just to name a few. He also still has 43 million facebook followers, he has sold 1 million bottles of his nail polish. Yep – it’s called “One Less Lonely Girl”, and his perfume entitled “Someday” has earned $60 million in sales in just 6 months.
Despite not meeting expectations, he’s exceeding them in just about everything else, not to mention I think he’s got about 2 or 3 more good albums in him. This isn’t a matter of Bieber failing to meet expectations, it’s expectations not being set right.Read more...
Jimmie Walker’s Memoirs Reveal How Leno Stole Jokes and Turned his Back on those that Helped him To Success
Jimmie Walker has released a memoir and during an interview with the NY Post he preceded to fire shots at Jay Leno giving a small taste of what is in his book. Walker basically believes that once Jay Leno made it big, he forgot about all the little people that got him there. There is a whole chapter in his memoir dedicated to “the Leno” situation.
Walker said that he is stunned and hurt at Leno’s behavior, even stating that Leno stole jokes and drove a fellow comedy writer to suicide. Walker said that Leno segregated comedy,
“Because of Jay Leno, we have changed and segregated comedy. In his however many years on the air, he has not broken one comic.”
During another interview with the Washington Post, Walker was asked if he missed his relationship with Leno. His response was,
I am extremely happy for his success. I believed in Jay Leno. I believe that Jay Leno, at one time, was one of the best comics, if not the best in America. And I made no bones about that when I would talk to Norman Lear or talk to anybody from the networks.
But his image has always been of this outgoing, great guy. Now his friends are Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks, these kinds of guys, but they weren’t with him when we were driving to Claremont or San Diego — five people in a car going to do a comedy club — they weren’t there. So it’s very disappointing that he has kind of shunned us. I don’t think he even knows our names now.
(I can’t help but read the quotes in the JJ voice).
At one time believe it or not, Jay Leno actually worked for Jimmie Walker. He was one of Walker’s joke writers earning $150 per week and even guest appeared on an episode of Good Times.
Walker’s Book: Dyn-o-Mite, The good times, Bad Times, Our Times, is available on Amazon. The most interesting thing about the memoir that Jimmie Walker was 25 Years old when he was cast to play the high aged JJ Evans making him over 30 during the airing of the final episode.
Here is Leno back in the 70′s on Good times.Read more...
The Avengers have set an incredible pace for super hero movies and Spider Man and the Dark Knight have their work cut out for them. Using social media Columbia Pictures decided to give the fans a thrill by releasing a 4 minute trailer which they call a “super preview”. The major difference between this and the other previously released trailers is that you get to see the talked about bridge scene in more detail. It is riveting to say the least, as he rescues a child from a flaming car that is dangling from the bridge. Wow!
In this reboot, Tobey McGuire is replaced by Andrew Garfield and the love interest Mary Jane, is now Gwen Stacy and played by Emma stone who is Andrew Garfield’s real life girlfriend. The story line focuses more on the genesis of Spiderman centered around Peter Parker, his parents and his home life.
The film is set to release over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Here is the 4 minute trailer.