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Review: Justin Bieber Employs Style Over Substance At Madison Square Garden Show — But Who Cares?

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If anyone in New York City was still unaware of how real Bieber Fever is, they were fully educated by the end of Tuesday night’s (August 31) concert at Madison Square Garden starring 16-year-old Canadian sensation Justin Bieber.

The sold-out show in one of the world’s most famous arenas was part of Bieber’s My World tour, his first headlining tour built around  his two albums, My World and My World 2.0, both released less than a year ago.

It was a slick and stylish show filled with high-flying antics, pyro, and enough sticky and sweet bubblegum pop songs to share with an entire sixth grade class. But style was not just employed to make the concert visually appealing; it was also used to hide flaws in Bieber’s still-maturing artistry, like how his voice was an utter strained mess on most of the ballads (to be fair, he was getting over an illness that forced the cancellation of a performance only a couple days prior), and that his swagger isn’t really natural, but a clever mimic of stars he looks up to (his mentor, R&B star Usher, for one).

But none of that mattered to the crowd of young girls — most with parents in tow — who came to see the Biebs sing, dance, and, oh yes, flip his hair. The parents can appreciate that he also played guitar, drums, and piano during his set.

“Welcome to my world…I got a lot of surprises,” Bieber said after starting the show with first album cuts “Love Me” and “Bigger.” “You know I have the greatest fans in the world right? And I would do anything to make them smile, because when you smile, I smile.” Cue his new single, “U Smile,” which he performed with three background singers lined up behind him, giving the song an almost Boyz II Men-like soulfulness. Wait — that really IS Boyz II Men! Surprise numeral uno!

And the surprises didn’t stop there. Between flying over the crowd in a gigantic metal heart for “Never Let You Go” and “Favorite Girl,” which he mixed with Kanye West‘s “Heartless” (West didn’t come out for the remix of “Runaway Love” like we had hoped) and showing sappy home videos that elicited just as many teen screams as live and in person JB did, Bieber brought out Usher for “Somebody To Love,” Miley Cyrus, who was dressed like a cheap Las Vegas cocktail waitress, for a duet of “Overboard,” Will Smith‘s adorable pint-sized rapping son, Jaden Smith, for “Never Say Never” (he should probably follow his dad’s example and stick to acting), opening act Sean Kingston for “Eenie Meenie,” and closed the show with his biggest single, “Baby,” with its featured guest, Ludacris, coming out for one more sweet treat.

VIDEO: Justin Bieber Rocks Madison Square Garden With Miley Cyrus, Usher, Ludacris, More

Adults can pick apart the show if they’d like, but JB had the overwhelming approval of  his target audience. Overheard: “Oh my God, Mom, that was the best show ever….and he’s SO cute!” Well, there you have it.

Justin Bieber’s Madison Square Garden show also doubled as the setting for his 3D concert movie, hitting theaters at the end of the year.

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  1. I LOVE YOU KISS JUSTIN BIEBER

  2. i love u and always will and done thts wkd u drank.a pint of milk in 26.3 secs

  3. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE U BABE UR VOICE.MAKES ME SCREAM ND UR FACE MAKES ME HAPPY UR FUNNI U TREAT GIRLS WID RESPECT I LOVE EVERYBONE ON UR BODY :-) IM UR GIRL TRUST ME

  4. i love justin BEBER

  5. i love you i got yur poster and songs

  6. love i love you i love you justin bieber hey justin bieber my name is madeline

  7. hi….
    your is my brother…

  8. i rilly love you j b

  9. i want your nunber j

  10. MRS. Bieber says:

    I DON’T KNOW WHT U R TALKING BAD ABOUT JUSTIN BIEBER…, AND U SHOULD STOP……. CUZ GUESS WHAT U R WRONG…. AND. WHO EVER WROTE THIS… …,ARTICLE IS A HATER

    • what are you talking about? =/ he was *completely* unbiased. he wrote what he’d write about any celebrity’s performance’s pros and cons. he offered criticism AND praise. what, do you think a “good” author is supposed to just slobber all over himself about how “hot he is” or how “amazing his hair is”. i actually thought what he wrote showed Bieber in a positive light, but that doesn’t mean he should ignore the flaws just to make the few fan girls who are as immature as yourself happy

  11. I LOVE UR SONG VERY MUCH!!!

  12. i love u i dream of u

  13. zhang daoming says:

    HI ,, baby,, i do love you beibei… i like all your actiona..!Cambodian boys…!

  14. hello come to albania.you look nice .you songs arent in mt heart

  15. Great review!!

  16. i THINK U ARE SO HOT I KNOW I’M TO YONG FOR U BUT I STILL LOVE U HOTTIE
    PANTS.

  17. i love you so much by the way my friend emma hates you i do not know why i love you

  18. i love your song love me you are the cutest tenn on the planet
    j b

  19. Heyy @justinbieber!!! (; Plz go follow me on twitter! (; Myy twitter account is @bieberluvercom! Thxx! I LOVVEE U! (;

  20. wooooooooooooooooooooow

  21. i hate you your songs are teribel!

  22. Megamileyfan1 says:

    l’m a huge fan,of miley’s & always will be.So it upsets me,when ppl like you tj,take a cheap shot at miley.To me,miley is the most beautiful girl,to ever walk this earth.Miley is super Talented.She looked nothing like a cocktail waitress.lf you ever read this miles,l think ur wonderful,no matter what this idiot TJ thinks.Ur very special to me.Godbless you miles,ur awesome.Thnx for just being you.B U 2 FULL.
    Keith (Megamileyfan1)uk

  23. This comment section makes me wanna throw up.

  24. Julia Bieber says:

    OMG!!! Justin bieber is sooo hot and sexy..!!!! LOVE YOU JUSTIN!!!!!!!! <3 <3

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