In less than one year’s time, Justin Bieber has gone from YouTube sensation to world wide phenomenon after Usher battled a bout of insomnia by falling deep into an internet link jumping blackhole, discovering and then signed the 15-year-old to Island Records. Not only has Justin become a fixture on the radio, but also on the bedroom walls of tween girls everywhere — one of the most essential (and toughest) demographics to crack.
Now, he’s partnered up with 1-800-Flowers in creating the One Less Lonely Girl bouquet (named after his song) just in time for Valentine’s Day. You know, back in my day, all it took was dropping a one-sided Power Rangers card into a desk-mounted “mailbox” to snag a date. Ah, how times have changed.
PopWrap: How did you get involved with 1-800-Flowers’ One Less Lonely Girl bouquet?
Justin Bieber: My manager’s the one that set it up and I thought it was great idea. I’m all for it since it’s definitely not a bad thing to bring a girl flowers.
PW: Do you have a Valentine this year?
Justin: I have one person that I’ll be sending flowers to and that’s my mom. She’s been there since the beginning and has given up a lot for me, I’m very blessed to have her. She likes roses, so I think I might send her the One Less Lonely Girl bouquet.
PW: You’re only 15 years old, so have you had a chance to really lavish a girl in presents?
Justin: I haven’t been able to be as romantic as probably I will be able to be, but I think that being a gentleman is what matters; taking them out to a nice dinner, open the doors, stuff like that. Flowers are great, but love is better – you know what I mean?
PW: Do you have any crushes right now?
Justin: I have crushes, but they’re all too old. Like Beyonce – she has a husband, I might get shot. [laughs] I went up to give Beyonce a hug at the Grammys and Jay-Z said, watch out buddy! He was kidding, but you know…
PW: Now you’re about to kick off a world tour, what can people expect?
Justin: My show is developing more and more. I started with 2 dancers and a DJ and we’ve worked our way up. I’ve got 5 dancers now and we’re trying to make it more and more exciting. But it’s all about the vocals and making the audience have a good time.
PW: You’ve had a pretty exciting couple of years yourself, can you process everything that’s happened?
Justin: Yeah, you know, it’s crazy. This whole thing has been amazing — to present at the Grammys and be a part of “We Are The World” has been crazy. And last year was even crazier. I mean, I got to perform for the president!
PW: You have a new album (“My World: Part 2”) dropping March 23, looking ahead are there any artists you’d like to collaborate with on part 3?
Justin: I would like to work with Taylor Swift. She’s an amazing writer. And, well, you know … Beyonce.