The new year means that some of the hottest ... we mean our favorite ... male musicians will be busy once more after the ball drops on New Year's Eve and everything gets back to normal.
As 2011 comes to a close, MTV Newsroom is looking ahead and rounding up what some of the studliest fellas in the music biz have planned for the coming months. What will the Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Drake, Foster The People and even Justin Timberlake be up to in the next twelve months? Well, you asked and we got the answers!
Holy traffic violations, Batman! TMZ reports that Justin Bieber got pulled over in L.A. on Wednesday. What terrible offense did the 17-year-old get in trouble for? Was he speeding? Running away from the scene of a crime? Doing wheelies in the parking lot at the Beverly Center?
Nope! It turns out that the teen star was stopped by police for making "an unsafe left turn" at an intersection in the City of Angels. Yep, that’s it everyone. He turned too fast. He was pulled over for that. And, the offense was so minor that the LAPD officer only gave the pop star a warning. But, in case you think Bieber isn’t all that baaaaad, think again. This marks the second time the teen has been pulled over in his pimped out ride. He previously cut an officer off back in October. At the time, he also only got a slap on the wrist.
We don’t know what Bieber could have been in a rush to get too (although he has been tweeting about school and recording sessions), but we’re sure whatever it was Bieber should have been following the rules of the road. Next time, he may not get away with just a warning.
Perhaps Mariah Yeater read our rundown of the legal actions she could face from falsely accusing Justin Bieber of fathering her newborn child, because the 20-year-old has dropped her paternity suit against the "Mistletoe" singer.
Prior to Yeater's decision to drop the suit, Bieber's camp promised to pursue legal action against the California woman. "I can confirm that the team has proactively made arrangements for Justin to be tested upon his return and we're going to hold everyone who is involved responsible," Bieber spokesperson Matthew Hiltzik said in a statement. "It's sad that someone would fabricate malicious, defamatory and demonstrably false claims. We'll vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to protect Justin and to hold those involved with bringing this suit accountable for their actions."
Whether that accountability will still include legal action remains unclear. However, according to family law attorney Vicki Ziegler, even though the suit has been dropped, Bieber still has options. "He can still sue for defamation [because] for weeks his reputation was tarnished, but he must prove actual damages. That may be a bit difficult though, i.e. sales drops of his music, receiving hate email, less appearances."
Yeater's lawyers, Lance Rogers and Matt Pare, have also reportedly dropped her as a client and will not represent her in any further legal action. Read More...
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that a 20-year-old Mariah Yeater filed suit in San Diego on Halloween claiming she had a sexual encounter with Justin Bieber following his Oct. 25, 2010, concert at Los Angeles' Staples Center that resulted in her becoming pregnant with his child. Bieber vehemently denies that Yeater's 3-month-old son is his (or that he has ever even met her) and has agreed to take a paternity test in the case.
"We are encouraged that Justin Bieber will voluntarily take the paternity test," Yeater's attorneys Lance Rogers and Matt Pare told TMZ earlier this week. For her part, Yeater is busily making the interview rounds, most recently talking about her alleged affair with Bieber to "The Insider."
Bieber's lawyer has said he will "vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to defend and protect Justin against these allegations." But what exactly does that entail? Beyond disproving his paternity in the case, what other legal options are available to Bieber should he decide to pursue them in hopes of warning others that making allegations like these, if they are false, is not a smart move?
According to family law attorney Vikki Ziegler, whose new book " The Premarital Planner: Your Complete Legal Guide to a Perfect Marriage" hits stores in January, if Yeater's accusation that the "Mistletoe" singer fathered her child is proven false, there could be potential legal repercussions for Yeater should Bieber chose to pursue them. Read More...
Justin Bieber announced that he is giving up his pet boa constrictor Johnson to charity, perhaps because he's too busy working on world domination.
A disclaimer on the auction site warns: "Keeping a pet snake is a long-term responsibility. Before making any decision about keeping one, please ensure you have the money, space, knowledge, time, resources and enthusiasm required to properly care for the species you intend to keep, for the duration of its life."
That warning isn't wrong and hints at why a star as busy as Bieber had to part ways with the boa. Pet-Snakes.com says that it takes a certain kind of person to handle a snake. Responsibilities include:
Overall health of the snake. It’s something you should pay attention to each and every day.
Feeding. Knowing what to feed, when to feed, and how to feed.
Environment. Keeping the snakes home at the right temperature and right humidity can be a lot of work.
Handling. Your snake should be handled on a daily basis in most instances. You shouldn’t handle it for 24-48 hours after eating and at least 5-7 days after you bring it home.
Cleanliness. Because snakes don’t relieve themselves on a daily basis it can be easy to forget about cleaning their tanks, but you have to keep up with it.
Circumstances, by their very nature, are rarely the same twice. I realize that. Yet, this morning, after watching Justin Bieber deftly and appropriately address the recent paternity suit filed against him, live on the "Today" show, with hundreds of fans surrounding him and millions more watching at home, I couldn't help but think about Chris Brown. And how, hopefully, he was taking notes.
You probably remember earlier this year, when Brown stopped by another morning show — in this case, ABC's "Good Morning America" — to promote his just-released F.A.M.E. album, and got (depending on your opinion of him) understandably or irrationally angered by host Robin Roberts' repeated questions about his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna. And you probably remember everything that happened after that appearance, especially the parts where Brown allegedly broke a window in a dressing room and exited the "GMA" studios shirtless (and then played a pickup basketball game on West 4th Street). Needless to say, it wasn't a good look for Brown, a guy who has sort of turned the phrase into an art form. Read More...
Justin Bieber, Twitter
In between addressing salacious headlines about his personal life, Justin Bieber has work to do. And that includes updating fans on the progress of his many in-the-works music videos.
This week he shot clips with Mariah Carey for "All I Want For Christmas" as well as Boyz II Men for "Fa La La" and on November 23 his video for "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" will hit the streets. It'll play as a preamble to the animated holiday flick "Arthur Christmas: The Movie" (about the youngest son of Papa Christmas himself).
While we're not completely sure what the "Santa Claus" music video will end up looking like, it does seem to take place in a bit of a steampunk-inspired Santa's workshop, complete with old-timey clothes (with futuristic detailing, OBVS), elves and Bieber's new spiky hair. It also seems to include a lady mannequin-type figure also wearing garb associated with anything and everything steampunk.
This morning on the "Today" show, Justin Bieber addressed the paternity suit filed by a 20-year-old woman claiming she gave birth to Bieber's child three months ago. In a hand-signed affidavit, sworn under the penalty of perjury, Mariah Yeater states that she had unprotected sex with the singer backstage at his October 25, 2010, concert at Los Angeles' Staples Center and that she became pregnant as a result.
Of the accusations, Bieber said, "I'd just like to say basically that none of those allegations are true. I know I'm going to be a target, but I'm never going to be a victim." He also denied having ever even met Yeater, explaining, "I think it's crazy because every night after the show, I've gone right from the stage right to my car. So it's crazy that some people want to make up some false allegations, but to set the record straight, none of it is true. Never met the woman."
Of course, Bieber's notoriously devoted fan base has been on his side all along. After the story broke, we reached out to some of the top Beliebers on Twitter to get their thoughts on the accusations.
Read on to see what they had to say. Read More...
If all those paternity claim rumors are getting Justin Bieber down, he might want to check out this video of Jimmy Fallon. Donning his best Bieber garb, Fallon managing to make light of the whole situation on his late night show Wednesday night.
Set to the tune of Bieber's aptly titled hit, "Baby," Fallon has this message for anyone claiming the teen pop star gave them a baby: "You said we did it and I'm a dad / My lawyer's tripping 'cause this looks bad / You only said this to get my cash / Now Selena Gomez is going to kick my ass."
Oh, and the performance art piece even had props – in the form of condoms that Fallon/Bieber whipped out mid-song. And those claims that the experience was short-lived? Well, he's got this message: It wasn't 30 seconds, it was 45 seconds. Ok? Ok!
Check the clip out after the jump. Read More...
Though his camp has categorically denied it, Justin Bieber is in the midst of one of those music industry rites of passage that just about every young male star goes through at some point.
No, not the voice change. No, not the fake death story and not the obligatory moving violation in a pimped-out Batmobile.
The singer is currently battling allegations that he fathered a child with a fan, courtesy of a 20-year-old California woman who has filed suit and demanded a paternity test and support for her three-month-old child. Bieber, of course, is not the first star to face this kind of (alleged) baby mama drama. It's happened to such old schoolers as Mick Jagger, James Brown, Sammy Hagar, Tom Jones and Screamin' Jay Hawkins and comedian/singer Eddie Murphy (who admitted to fathering a secret child with former Spice Girl Mel B).
But who has been under the paternity microscope recently? Read More...