As a die-hard Arch Angel, I must confess: I used to be really jealous of Justin Bieber, or at least, just jealous of the “Beliebers.” I mean, here we were – having bought into the “American Idol turns ordinary folks into superstars” memo of the show, as so many people promised us of David when he came to our attention during Season 7. Folks were salivating to sign him on – from Disney to David Foster – and Jive eventually gave us a hit song with “Crush.”
I think, after David didn’t eventually win the coveted crown, we had to cling to some other hope, some other narrative about David making it anyway! David will be a star no matter what!
And, as things turned out, that didn’t happen. Not only did it not happen, but other, less than stellar artists got the superstar treatment instead!
How about that time, in 2010, when Justin Bieber got the coveted opening lines of Lionel Richie’s part in the remake of “We Are the World?” And contrast that to David being relegated to a Spanish-language version instead (just as awesome, mind you, and David’s solo part really rings out – that’s just how pure and powerful his vocals are). Or how about the Bieb getting black/hip-hop endorsement through Usher and a Ludacris feature on his hit song “Baby”? I freely admit it: my head was spinning with envy. I thought Justin was getting the “teen stardom” treatment that our man so deserved.
But lately, when I think of the Bieb’s disgusting behavior (walking off stage, spray-painting questionable graffiti, being filmed by possible prostitutes while in bed, etc.) since touring South America (the same continent where our David is currently carrying out his religious mission), I’m now kind of appreciating the path David is taking.
Maybe a slow-burn to stardom is the way for a truly talented artist like David to go instead of the meteoric rise that a Bieber took. I can only imagine the insane pressure it must be to transition from teen star to adult star (which Biebs is doing so very awkwardly and not very attractively either, I might add).
Now I just think: I’d hate to be a Belieber. Still proud to be an Archie. Because, no matter what growing pains David is facing right now, at least only a select few of us who have stuck it out to follow him under the radar, will witness the awkwardness (with no TMZ cameras in tow). Of course, even outside the public’s glare, I don’t see David taking a wrong step (unless folks consider his religious mission as such).
I guess what I’m saying is this: Pop stardom sure doesn’t seem to be all that it’s cracked up to be. Maybe life under the radar is what David needs. As long as he’s got a mic and a way for his die-hard fans to hear him, do we really need the rest of the world to listen in?