Following Justin Bieber’s Twitter heads up yesterday the video for “All Around the World” has arrived much to the delight of his still millions strong fans.
Released on the Canadian singer’s YouTube Vevo account, the 4:15 minute clip does what it says on the tin and arcs a sizeable chunk of the countries the 19-year-old’s Believe tour has traveled to since kicking off in Glendale, Arizona on September 29, 2012.
The “All Around The World” video features scenes of Bieber’s winged arrival on stage intercut with landmark sights from each country.
These include; London’s Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Rio de Janeiro’s Christ The Redeemer, Sydney’s Opera House, India’s Taj Mahal, Rome’s Colosseum, much fan interaction and 2012 footage of the singer being pursued by frenzied girls in Norway’s streets and waterways.
Throughout the fast paced edits, Bieber showcases his “swag” dance moves and evolving stage persona and a winking behind the scenes spot from the singer at the end. It’s a million miles from his My Worlds tour and all the better for it.
Transitioning from child star, adolescent to relevant adult superstar is no easy task, and in recent weeks that attempt has come under heavy fire due to the teen’s notable missteps on his Believe tourand the resolutely damning media coverage that followed.
Despite Bieber’s recent bad press, however, shows on the 125-date Believe tour have continued (mostly) to sell out, proving the truism that female audiences have a markedly different reaction to the pop star’s penchant for shirtlessness than the mainstream media’s.
The only leaden point in “All Around the World’s” hyper-kinetic appeal came at precisely 2:46 with Ludacris’ — aka Christopher Brian Bridges — feature. The Illinois rapper fails dramatically to inject originality and interest in a dull rap that is at least mercifully short.
While Bieber has yet to claim his pet capuchin monkey “Mally” from the Munich animal shelter he is quarantined at and battery allegations still hang over him, on the musical front he is doing rather well.
His feature on will.i.am’s #thatPOWER single — a cut off the rapper’s upcoming #willpower album — vaulted onto Billboard’s Hot 100 chart at number 7 and debuted at number 9 on the Hot Digital Songs chart with 108,000 downloads and counting. It has since charted around the world.
Bieber also came first in the fan voted category for “Best Celebrity” in the fifth annual Shorty Awards which honors entertainers, artists and organizations et al across the board for their social media presence.
The teen star will also be performing at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday May 19 where he has been nominated for the Milestone Award.
The Believe tour heads to Arnhem’s GelreDome on Saturday before playing in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Russia (Federation) and South Africa, then returns to the US for June 22.
All around the world indeed.