Hey Sir! What’s up? 🙂 I hope your wearing your beautiful smile before reading this. Uhmm, how was your trip going back to your country? I hope you had a nice trip and I bet you made new friends back out there. We missed you already. I missed your face, your laugh and your presence in our school. 🙂 But first of all, I wanna thank you for being a good, nice and a loving volunteer teacher. *big hug for you*. :)) It’s such a big honor for us when you volunteer as a teacher here in our school. Honestly Sir, this is the first time in my life to have a foreigner teacher and I’m so glad that I’ve experienced it with you. Thank you, thank you Sir Mark! 🙂 Anyway, I heard you’ll come back here on our graduation day. Is that true? Well, hope you make it though. And Advance Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Sir! You’re the best teacher that I’ve ever had! God Bless Sir. See you soon. :)))
When Justin Bieber met Usher at age 14, it was a lucky break for both parties. Four years later, what’s in the cards for each of them? On the eve of their respective new releases, Billboard sat down with iconic mentor and superstar protégé, each of whom will perform at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.
“Ustin!” Usher and Justin Bieber are hanging out in a quiet corner of Milk Studios in West Hollywood on a break from a Billboard cover shoot when a stylist enters and utters the SNL-worthy gaffe above. A silence falls over the room and a look of mock horror registers on the stars’ faces—before laughter breaks out.
It’s an understandable slip, as the pair are linked in the public’s mind for good reason: the famed R&B icon took the then-14-year-old Canadian budding singer under his wing, mentoring him into becoming one of the world’s most recognizable superstars. Usher and Bieber also collaborate creatively, having joined forces on a number of hit songs. Their most recent duet, “The Christmas Song,” on Bieber’s holiday album, Under the Mistletoe, helped propel sales of the album to 1.2 million in the US—qualifying Bieber as a finalist for Billboard’s Top Male Artist this year. And both of their hotly anticipated forthcoming new albums are said to contain new collaborations with each other.
Seeing the two interact in the same room, their vibe proves playful but protective. Usher still embodies the role of big bro—a lighthearted question about Bieber’s rapping skills elicits a word of caution: “Easy”—and he clearly gets a kick out of Bieber’s mugging for the camera. Born entertainers, neither can stop himself from dancing on set and singing along to whatever comes blasting out of the speakers, from Michael Jackson hits to Usher’s own songs.
The world has seen both Usher and Bieber grow from boys to men onstage—during different eras, of course. Now 18, Bieber’s facial features have sharpened, and his famous forward-brushed swoop of hair has been restyled (in a move that’s said to be the costliest cut—dolls with Bieber’s old hair had to be recalled, to the tune of $100,000). The teen idol’s music has also gotten tougher now: the debut single off his forthcoming album, Believe, works an urban beat and reveals a bolder hip-hop MC side. At age 33, meanwhile, Usher is branching out as well. His upcoming Looking For Myself CD, his seventh, boasts a mix of R&B and elecro-soul that he calls “revolutionary pop,” and delves deeply into club grooves on tunes such as the roof-raising “Scream.” The album’s first salvo, “Climax,” produced by hitmaker Diplo (M.I.A., Beyoncé), takes the sexy tenor into unexpected sonic territory, his soaring falsetto layered over simmering beats.
The finest clothing made is a person’s skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.
If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies…. It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.