JB is Trying to Become the Next JT, And I Don’t Hate it One Bit

For those of you that live under a rock you may not have heard, but Biebz just released his newest album today, and it is very very good. I listened all the way through and was surprised how well it flowed from top to bottom. All the hits are on there; “Sorry”, “What do You Mean”, “I’ll Show You” and “Where Are U Now” but there are so many others that are just as good. For example, the song “We Are” with Nas is such a different track than what were used to hearing from him. Also if you’re getting Nas to do a song with you, you have to be doing something pretty much everything right. One of the greatest ever.

The album is great and I don’t need to tell you to listen because you’ll do that on your own because it’s Justin Bieber and because white girls. This blog is about where young JB is headed in his career, and I think it’s going in the direction of the one and only Justin Timberlake….

First of all, I’m not saying that Justin Bieber is or will ever be as good as Justin Timberlake, cause frankly I don’t know if that’s possible. I’m just pointing out a few similarities between the two that I think make these two closer than most will realize. Let’s just take it one step at a time….

JT’s Childhood

Both of these guys got extremely early starts to their performing careers. Justin Timberlake started in the Mickey Mouse Club in 1993 when he was 12 with other no names Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and JC Chasez (100% had to look up the spelling there). Speaking of Justin and Britney….

Hilarious to see Britney and Timberlake as kids doing a duet on stage, not even knowing what was going to happen next.

This might actually be the greatest picture in all time. Where the hell do you get a denim cowboy hat? Who told them they should actually wear this out in public? RIP the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Also RIP hot Britney (yea she got kinda hot again but it just wasn’t the same)

Bieber’s Childhood

On to Bieber’s emergence…..He was pretty much the same age when Usher first caught a glimpse of his viral YouTube videos where he just belts A Cappella versions of pop hits like “So Sick” by Ne-Yo

That video was uploaded in 2007, when he was 13. You can see the raw talent he has and the presence he makes in the room with his powerful voice. It was pretty obvious to everyone around these two that they were special.

Timberlake’s Early Career

We all know Timberlake started his career with the ever so popular N’Sync, who formed in 1996 but didn’t release their self-titled first album until 1998. That’s when they really rose to superstar status, especially Timberlake as he was known as the front man of the group. They had tons of success over the next 4 years until they went into a hiatus in 2002 and JT went on to start his eventually very successful solo career. N’Sync was nothing without Timberlake, but you could argue he wouldn’t be anybody without them either….

Bieber’s Early Career

Bieber started his career with his hit single “One Time” in 2009 (still before his balls dropped) and it opened at number 12. It was all over the radio and everyone’s first reaction was, “This girl’s voice is incredible” and they were right…at least about the incredible voice part. JB rattled off numerous hits after that and wound up being one of the most popular people on the planet at the age of 18. Then everyone kinda started to hate him….and you can see why

Timberlake’s Career Since

Since his solo career started Justin has done OK for himself. And by OK I mean out of his 4 studio albums he’s made the worst that any of them have done is platinum. Yes you read that right. As in the other three went 2x, 3x, and 4x platinum. Ho hum. Just another day in the office I guess. Oh, and who does he go home to every day after he’s done at the office…

Ok so he has a couple things going for him…no big deal. He also produces his music and if you forgot he’s actually a pretty solid actor. Friends with Benefits is laugh out loud funny and I thought he was an awesome Sean Parker in The Social Network. Acting is why JB will never be Timberlake. But he can still come close…

Bieber’s Modern Career

This album is hopefully the start of something that’s here to stay. And aside from similar career paths, I actually think this new album has a Timberlake feel to it with the lyrics and production style. Love Yourself is an absolute jam

We’ll see if this continues for Bieber and if he can keep it going for another three albums like Timberlake has. Time will tell. But for now, Timberlake is King of the Castle.