Impact: “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” became highest grossing concert movie in U.S. history.
Next: Second studio album, the holiday-themed “Under the Mistletoe,” arrives Nov. 1.
Causes: Donated $1 for every concert ticket sold on recent tour to Pencils of Promise, helping provide education for children in developing countries.
There was little avoiding Justin Bieber’s bangs or his hit song “Baby” in the past year. The 17-year-old pop singer sang on “American Idol” and at the White House Easter Egg Roll, played stadiums on a sold-out world tour and pulled in an estimated $53 million.
Even if you could somehow tune out Bieber’s music, the Canadian teen sensation — and his adept team of handlers — made sure you didn’t miss seeing his smiling face elsewhere. Bieber’s 3D hybrid biopic-concert movie, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” grossed $98 million worldwide. He also appeared on two episodes of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” boosting ratings 8% among adults 25-54 and adding 630,000 viewers from the prior week.
Bieber remained active on the music front, too, winning Artist of the Year at the 2010 MTV Music Awards, despite the fact that his latest albums — “Never Say Never: The Remixes” and “My Worlds Acoustic” — merely recycled material from his debut record. Bieber does have a second studio album on tap for next month, the holiday-themed “Under the Mistletoe.”
Meanwhile, he crisscrossed the globe, performing to tens of thousands of screaming fans in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.
“I don’t really understand it,” Bieber told Jay Leno, speaking of his fans’ manic behavior, “because I’ve never had a musician I was that into.”
Though some doubt his staying power — a recent poll found 67% of teen girls believed Bieber wouldn’t be on the charts a decade from now — Bieber seems convinced that hard work will be enough to keep him relevant for years to come.
“Doubt us … I like it that way,” Bieber wrote on his Twitter account. “Makes us work harder…just makes us want to prove you wrong. Every step we’ve been doubted. Why change now.”