Ah, Justin Bieber—not quite as much of a shock-and-awe soundbite treasure trove as Ke$ha, but still able to toss out some verbal zingers, nonetheless. Billboard is the latest to take a crack at analyzing the Bieber phenomenon. And below the jump, we’ve rounded up the “Eenie Meenie” pop sensation’s best quotes from the piece.
On the importance of education in his life: “School sucks.”
On having 30 friends flown to L.A. for his 16th birthday: “I’m only 16 once. I’ve got to live like it.”
On the h8terz: “There’s more people that like me than there are who hate me, so I kind of brush it off.”
On his the elephant in the room—his voice eventually changing: “People say, ‘Oh, people just like him because he’s pretty.’ Or the funniest one: ‘When he goes through puberty, he’s not going to be a good singer anymore. How does that make sense when we’ve seen people like Michael Jackson and Usher and Justin Timberlake and all these famous singers do it?”
[Note: Usher and JT's voices had already changed by the time they were having hits. As for Michael Jackson—has it ever been scientifically proven that he actually went through puberty?]
On being confident he could fill Madison Square Garden: “I just think that I have enough fans, so I could pull in the people. I don’t really get nervous anymore. I’ve already performed at Madison Square Garden, and I’ve performed for an hour before. What’s the difference?
On his inevitable foray into feature films: “I don’t want to do the Hannah Montana thing.” [Fibber!]
On his magical, life-affirming tweets: “I still [use Twitter] as much as before. People write to me and say, ‘I’m giving up, you’re not talking to me.’ I just write them a simple message like, ‘Never give up,’ you know? And it changes their life.”
You know, for somebody who hates school, he certainly is quite the wise sage. The Bieb-filled issue of Billboard is on sale now.