Teenagers crazy for Justin Bieber
FORGET Beatle-mania, try worldwide Bieber fever.
You may not have heard of him, but millions of young girls know him and yesterday teen sensation Justin Bieber hit Sydney with police forced to stop his show before it even started.
Bieber has spread his star-web globally after his music clips were posted by his mother on YouTube and launched the 16-year-old into the stratosphere in a giant wave of online Twitter adulation that has also left young girls on the Northern Rivers falling for his boyish charm.
Ballina girl Melissa Blanch was not in Sydney for the mini-concert, which was cancelled by police, but after watching the singer on television made a quick dash to her Sanity music store and grabbed his album.
“I first heard about him a couple of months ago and his music is played on the radio,” she said.
“He was on Sunrise and I went, ‘man, I’ve got to get that CD, no matter what’.
“His voice is just amazing. The voice of an angel. For a 16-year-old it’s unreal.”
Melissa said she would be saving her money to attend one of his Australian concerts when announced.
One Lismore music store employee confirmed there are ‘a few raving fans’ out therein the immediate neighbourhood, and Ballina Sanity manager Margie Smith said the publicity over Bieber’s Australian visit had brought more teenage girls into the store to buy his CDs.
Sydney police stomped on the dreams of 4000 girls at 6am yesterday when the pint-sized Canadian’s one-off mini-Aussie gig was cancelled because of safety fears after some of the screaming girls were crushed in the pack outside the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay, where the lad was due to perform.
Some of the teenage girls in the crowd had flown in from across Australia to see the singer, also known for his foppish hairdo, dubbed the Bieb, and his hit song Baby, but were caught up instead in the mad overnight crowd crush of Bieber fever.
Stuck in Lismore away from the Sydney mayhem, Bieber fan Chloe Samuels was nonplussed over missing the action.
Chloe, 14, of Goonellabah, said she first found out about the singer when her friends became fans and introduced her to his music and film clips on the internet.
“I like his voice and he is cute,” she said.
“My friends were big fans first. He was on YouTube.”
Chloe said she would like to see him in concert and would consider going to Sydney to see him perform.
The Seven Network, which was promoting yesterday’s gig, defended its security arrangements and stated it had not foreseen the sheer number of fans who turned up overnight.
Bieber made a fast visit to the Seven studio, where he sang one song on its morning show, watched by thousands of girls outside who walked up from Circular Quay.