If you need a sign that teen idol Justin Bieber’s career is on the decline, you need only listen to the 18-year-old’s latest musical offering, entitled “Die In Your Arms”.
The single would be a complete travesty if it weren’t for the Michael Jackson sample.
Justin’s track dropped yesterday to much fanfare from one of MTV’s numerous Twitter accounts. One in particular, which is probably updated by a 12-year-old, said the single was “EVERYTHING,” and strongly suggested that we take a listen.
I had much hope for Justin as I heard the opening chords backed with the easily recognizable Jackson 5 vocal harmonies: “Uh huh, yeah yeah, alright.”
I had every Jackson 5 album and every Michael Jackson solo album when I was a kid. So I quickly recognized the sample of Michael Jackson’s “We’ve Got A Good Thing Going” as one that was in heavy rotation on my cheap record player back in the 1970s.
So, like I said, I had high hopes for the Beibster as the room filled with Uh huh’s, Yeah yeah‘s, and Alright‘s…. then Justin started singing.
LISTEN: Justin Bieber – Die In Your Arms
LISTEN: Michael Jackson – We’ve Got A Good Thing Going
I’m not a big Justin fan, but this song is easily one of the worst he has ever recorded.
Clearly, Justin has not made the necessary transition from child singer to mature vocalist the way his mentor, Usher Raymond — or even the young Michael Jackson did.
Justin’s golden voice laid an egg all over this Michael Jackson sample. Instead of taking out his frustrations on the paparazzi, maybe he should invest in a some vocal lessons.
I don’t see Justin winning any more Grammys or American Music Awards in the near future. And if he does, they were bought and paid for by the record label.
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