The number of cases of Bieber fever just rose around the continent. Justin is back this fall on a North American tour, and he's heading all the way to the dirty south to wrap things up on January 26, 2013 at the American Airlines Arena.
Lately, the Biebs has been treated like he's hot shit, and not just by housewives and 12-year olds, but by legitimate, mostly hip-hop artists. Sure, Drake is up his bum -- they're both Canadian and Bieber could definitely boost his listenability. But like even Raekwon, of Wu-Tang Clan, got with the baby boy and Kanye to make "Runaway Love." For Believe, Biebs release slated to drop on June 18, he worked with Nicki Minaj, Luda, Big Sean, and even had Usher produce it for him. All we can assess is that these musicians have money signs in their eyes. Sure Biebs has a sweet, almost girlish voice, but what the Biebs does best is sell. God bless capitalism (sort of) for causing such odd musical pairings.
We were thinking about it, and came up with ten other living artists that Justin B. should work with musically. Be prepared to think too much.
10. Bjork Bjork is obviously and actually too otherworldly
to combine musical forces with this young pop star, but the idea of a BieBjork album is just too wonderful not to mention. How 'bout the
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9. 98 Degrees 98 Degrees was one of the more manly of the late '90s boy bands. For the most part (minus that one with the Golden Girls haircut), they were even cuter than their colleagues, like Nick Lachey -- come on, true hottie for real. Bieber could head up these dudes, he'd be the baby face to their chest muscles. Bonus: The ad that comes on before this classic 98 Degrees tune is for guess who?!
8. Bette Midler
Could you imagine Bette onstage with this one? She'd crush him with her mere presence. But the harmonizing they'd do in the studio on "Wind Beneath My Wings" would be like serious Grammy winning stuff.
7. Michael McDonald
In similar fashion, Michael McDonald's manly booming voice might step right on Bieber's. Maybe they can duet "On My Own." JB is doing Patti LaBelle's part, obvs.
6. Odd Future Justin needs a few cool points with kids in his age group. This needs to happen before Tyler the Creator starts a fued with Bieber to which Justin will respond with maple leaf tears. So, like tomorrow.
5. Insane Clown Posse
Bieber would definitely do well onstage at a Gathering. Besides, he'd be the cutest nightmare-making clown face around.
4. Celine Dion
Just like Drake, the Biebs and Celine are both uninterestingly Canadian. According to last year's interview with Rolling Stone, Biebs thinks that America is "evil." This is a grrreat idea for a song, guys...
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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.