Child prodigy or pop’s big­gest brat? What­ever you think of Justin Bieber, you can’t deny his star power or catchy tunes – and he’s bring­ing both to Dubai this month

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All about Justin Beiber, who per­forms in the UAE this month

Back in 2007, Cana­dian singer song­writer Justin Bieber was just a geeky 13-year-old with a bad bowl hair­cut and an acous­tic gui­tar, when a tal­ent man­ager spot­ted him play­ing cover songs on YouTube. A week later, he was singing for Usher. A year af­ter that, he re­leased the plat­inum sell­ing de­but EP My

World, fol­lowed by the triple plat­inum al­bum My World 2.0. And now, ten years later, he’s get­ting ready for the only UAE show of his Pur­pose World Tour, when he ar­rives at Dubai’s Autism Rocks Arena on May 6.

Bieber has come a long way from singing R&B cov­ers on the in­ter­net, shed­ding his sickly sweet, boy­band-like im­age (that bowl hair­cut, for one), and re­plac­ing lovey dovey bal­lads of ear­lier al­bums like Be­lieve with some se­ri­ous club bangers. His makeover is largely thanks to big name EDM pro­duc­ers Skrillex and Diplo, who pro­duced fourth stu­dio al­bum Pur­pose. It’s that plat­inum-sell­ing record that his world tour is cel­e­brat­ing, set to cover six con­ti­nents and pre­dicted to make Dhs800 mil­lion world­wide.

Love him or hate him, you can’t deny the Sorry singer’s suc­cess. He’s one of the big­gest sell­ing artists of all time, scoop­ing up Grammy Awards, smash­ing world records (he’s had more num­ber one sin­gles than The Bea­tles on the Bill­board Hot 100 chart) and break­ing hearts, thanks to a ra­bidly loyal fan­base who call them­selves Beliebers. But de­spite im­pres­sive numbers, and the fact that even our hippest mu­sic- lov­ing friends will qui­etly ad­mit to hav­ing a Bieber song or two on their playlists ( Where Are U Now, any­one?), con­tro­versy fol­lows the hit-maker wher­ever he goes. Only time will tell whether Dubai’s Beliebers will get the best or the worst of their hero. May 6 a Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai-Al Ain Road, Dubai, Sat 4pm, Dhs335. Tel: (04) 4237980. Taxi: Dubai Out­let Mall.

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