Justin Bieber is being sued for over $9 million by an Oregon woman who claims to have suffered permanent hearing damage at a 2010 concert. It wasn’t the music that allegedly caused the damage, but the thousands of screaming fans. The woman claims Bieber “enticed the crowd” with arm movements and theatrics. Perhaps the woman thought Bieber would stand perfectly still while thousands of tweens sat in silence. Seems like a pretty legitimate court case.
Bieber prides himself on being a positive role model. He’s religious, he doesn’t do drugs and he doesn’t “make love.” On the other hand, he’s barely 18 years old and this isn’t the first time he’s been in trouble with the law.
Misunderstood lyrics are an art form in and of themselves. Head on over to YouTube and you’ll find countless collections of songs with their phonetically deduced words flashing across the clips. Sometimes we blame ourselves for these mondegreens, but what can you do if a singer chooses to come up with some new way of pronouncing a word?
Case in point: “umbrella, ella, ella, ella, ayayay.” Hey Rihanna, umbrella is only three syllables! That said, there is such a thing as musical licence. Just as a sculptor is free to create with their medium, so too does a singer get to make a word as malleable as a chunk of clay.
To say that the late Donna Summer was a hit-maker is a gross understatement.