Around the world, metal fans are still mourning the loss of Motörhead’s frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, and they want Justin Bieber’s song to fall to number two to make Motörhead’s song, “Ace of Spades,” number one in the U.K.’s music charts.
What is strange is that Justin Bieber has defined himself as a metal fan since 2012, and it is likely this campaign to honor Motörhead has made Justin Bieber feel shamed by fellow metal heads.
Moreover, the news about Motörhead fans campaigning against him could not come to Justin Bieber at a worse time since he is finally reaching the top of the charts in the U.K. after six years of being a celebrity musician.
On September 4, 2015, Justin Bieber reached a career-long goal of having a number one hit song in the U.K. music charts with his single “What Do You Mean,” according to the BBC. But, Motörhead fans appear to care less about what Justin Bieber might want.
NME summarizes the campaign against Justin Bieber by Motörhead fans on January 4 and states that, after Lemmy Kilmister passed away on December 28, a tribute page was made on Facebook. Currently, the Motörhead website has over 31,000 likes, and their goal is to get the song “Ace of Spades” to the top of the charts in the U.K.
As Gigwise points out, Motörhead fans are trying to push Justin Bieber out of the way in the U.K. music charts for his number one song “Love Yourself” and Motörhead fans are trying to reach this feat by Thursday, January 7.
What is interesting is that Justin Bieber made metal heads on the internet mad in November just a couple of months after Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister had to cancel his first concert while on stage in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 27, 2015.
On September 2, 2015, Exclaim stated that Motörhead canceled three more shows on their tour and said that they thought that Lemmy Kilmister was suffering from altitude sickness.
Motörhead did finish their gigs in Canada around mid-September, but canceled their mid-November Paris concert because of the terrorist attack in that city. Motörhead’s December 11, 2015 concert in Berlin, Germany was their last with Lemmy Kilmister, according to Rolling Stone.
Obviously, Motörhead fans mainly want to boot Justin Bieber to get “Ace of Spades” at the top of the charts in the U.K. because they want to honor Lemmy Kilmister (and the U.K. is also Motörhead’s homeland).
On the other hand, there is a reason that Justin Bieber has had a long-standing love/hate relationship with metal heads long before the Motörhead chart race began.
That tendency for the extreme metal head hatred toward Justin Bieber re-surged when he wore a Metallica t-shirt on TV, according to a November 13, 2015, report by Vulture.
Preceding this, there was a second instance of Justin Bieber wearing a Metallica shirt that angered metal heads around June 20, 2015, according the Mirror.
Despite the fact that a lot of metal heads want to reject Justin Bieber, the truth is that he has been talking about his passion for metal music since 2012, and he is likely a Motörhead fan.
GQ interviewed Justin Bieber on May 20, 2012, and at that time, it was revealed that that Justin Bieber may in fact like a band like Motörhead because, not only did he like Metallica but he liked the “pre-Black Album Metallica” (a.k.a. “real metal” according to fans on Bangshift).
Justin Bieber went on to state that many Metallica songs from their first four albums recorded between 1983 and 1988 were his “jams.”
Returning the compliment, on October 30, 2013, Metal Injection claims that Metallica said they were fans of Justin Bieber’s music and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich stated the following about him.
“Is it possible to have respect for him without being a Belieber? I think the kid’s really talented and obviously to go through what he’s going through at that early age must be a mindf***. So the fact that he still goes out there and does it, I admire that and I think he’s super talented, so I guess I am kind of a Belieber.”
But, does an interest in Metallica mean that Justin Bieber is likely to be a Motörhead fan? While it is unclear if Justin Bieber loves Motörhead, Metallica and Motörhead are big fans of each other and have covered each other’s songs.
In fact, in 2009, MTV says that Metallica kicked off their tour in Nashville by inviting Lemmy Kilmister to play Motörhead covers with Metallica. Billboard claims that Motörhead covered Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” as the theme song for the professional wrestler, Sandman.
Yet, is Justin Bieber’s pop music even remotely related to the metal genre that Motörhead is in? Interestingly, also around 2012, Justin Bieber was declared louder than most metal music (except Metallica), according to Production Advice, and they specifically cited Motörhead as being quieter than Justin.
However, what many metal fans may not realize about Justin Bieber is that some (like the GQ interviewer in 2012) define him as a “caged animal” in the music industry, but that doesn’t mean there’s not “a glimpse of a thoughtful person in there.”
It can also be said that Justin Bieber still has not had a chance to establish himself as a metal fan of the Motörhead variety since he will only be 22-years-old on March 1, 2016.
Also, if Motörhead fans feel alienated from Justin Bieber, it might be difficult for him to be able to anything about it. After all, it could be said that Justin Bieber can hardly be held liable for his music career genre-trajectory since he started making pop music when he was still a child (and released his first album, My World, on November 17, 2009, when he was 15-years-old).
While his childhood career may have defined him to outsiders, Justin Bieber also may not have had a chance to develop his own tastes in music as an adult until recently.
Alternatively, the Daily Mail says on November 11, 2014, that liking metal can be an insight into deeper psychological issues and that metal heads like Justin Bieber (especially Metallica lovers) may have “low self-esteem,” and “a higher-than-average need for uniqueness.”
The study also said that, eventually, if Justin Bieber did spend all of his time listening to Motörhead “[t]he catharsis afforded by heavy metal may, in turn, help boost self-worth and promote positive self-evaluations among those with otherwise low self-esteem.”
Could any of these metal head personality traits apply to Justin Bieber and is he using metal music for his therapy for ails related to being a teen celebrity? Sadly, it appears that Motörhead fans should consider extending an olive branch to Justin Bieber because, as GQ concludes their article in 2012 about a then 18-year-old Bieber:
“[H]e surely knows what it’s like to be hated by people who’ve never met you… [Yet he] has something to offer the world. He wants to be a real artist. He wants respect. But the way his life is built around him is going to make that very difficult.”
While it is unclear if Justin Bieber fits the profile of a typical metal head, it appears that he might be heavily inclined to propose marriage to a woman in a Motörhead t-shirt.
Metal Injection points out on July 13, 2015, that Justin Bieber was not only pictured wearing an Iron Maiden t-shirt, but a woman he was allegedly romantic with during the summer, Hailey Baldwin, was wearing a Slayer t-shirt around the same time.
In the end, the real question Justin Bieber fans (and enemies) should be asking is whether Justin’s next album will be an homage to Motörhead.
Nevertheless, Justin Bieber should watch out because Lemmy Kilmister might not be a fan of pop musicians like the musical act Tears to Fears, and may have threatened to haunt them in the month before his death.
Worse, according to a two-part interview on YouTube that Lemmy Kilmister gave to the German media (and it may eventually be proven to be his final interview to the public), Lemmy Kilmister promised he would “haunt somewhere [and] mess up somebody else’s gig” after his passing.