Esperanza has a few things in common with Biebs
February 18th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

Esperanza has a few things in common with Biebs

Maybe this will soothe the wrath of the Beliebers: Esperanza Spalding says that she and teen idol Justin Bieber have more in common than you think.

The 26-year-old jazz singer, who raised the ire of Bieber fans when she beat him out for the best new artist Grammy, tells Billboard magazine that much like the 16-year-old Canada native, she has very humble beginnings.

"He has sort of a similar story to mine, coming from a single-parent family, low income, sort of having this stellar ascension in making his success through music," explains the Portland, Oregon, native. "I can really relate to that."

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Bieber crashes Johnny Depp's press conference
February 14th, 2011
06:41 PM ET

Bieber crashes Johnny Depp's press conference

We're not sure what Johnny Depp has to say about Esperanza Spalding, but we do know he's definitely a Justin Bieber fan.

The actor revealed his fondness for the teen idol when Bieber crashed Depp's movie junket this weekend, reports Deadline.com.

In a video on the site, Depp and his "Rango" co-stars are seen promoting their film at a press event at the Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday when Bieber suddenly appears at the back of the room and begins flashing the peace sign.

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February 8th, 2011
06:22 PM ET

Justin Bieber wants a funny girl with a nice smile

Millions of Justin Bieber fans want to be the teen idol's "Favorite Girl," but just what does it take to win his heart?

“I look for a girl who’s funny and who I can talk to, because if I can’t talk to them and have a good conversation, then, you know, it’s not gonna be really fun," Bieber tells CNN.

Oh, and two more things: "You have to have a nice smile and nice eyes," he adds.

Despite being a worldwide phenomenon with hit records, famous friends, and even a doll made in his likeness, the singer insists he's no different from any other 16-year-old and hopes his new 3-D movie, "Never Say Never," will show fans that.

"I’m a regular person like everyone else," Bieber tells CNN. "I have to clean my room like my grandma said… just do regular things. I want people to see that I’m not just some machine and I’m not just some robot that goes out there and sings 'Baby, Baby, Baby.' I’m actually a regular person."

"Never Say Never" hits theaters February 11.

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Willow Smith loves dad's 'Parents Just Don't Understand'
February 7th, 2011
06:19 PM ET

Willow Smith loves dad's 'Parents Just Don't Understand'

Ten-year-old Willow Smith has gained a devoted fan following with her hit "Whip My Hair." And when it comes to her own taste in music, she counts dad Will Smith among her favorites — especially his 1988 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince hit "Parents Just Don't Understand."

"Because," she tells Teen Vogue, "sometimes they just don't."

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Smith, however, says dad Will and mom Jada are pretty easygoing. "They aren't strict. They won't be like, 'Willow, clean up your room!' They'll be like, 'Willow, will you please clean up your room?'" she says. "And I'll be like, 'OK,' and do it."

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'Glee' star reveals which Bieber songs they'll sing
January 18th, 2011
11:56 PM ET

'Glee' star reveals which Bieber songs they'll sing

The "Glee" gang are determined to make you true Beliebers when they belt out songs by teen idol Justin Bieber in an upcoming episode.

As Marquee previously reported, the McKinley High crew are set to perform Bieber tunes in the February 15 episode. Now, series star Amber Riley is revealing which songs they'll sing.

"There's gonna be two Bieber songs, and I think 'Baby' is one," 24-year-old Riley, who plays powerhouse-piped Mercedes Jones, tells MTV, adding that "Somebody to Love" is also in the mix. "I think ... those are the two songs," she says.

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Justin Bieber returning to 'CSI'
January 13th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Justin Bieber returning to 'CSI'

Cue the bloodcurdling screams: Justin Bieber is heading back to "CSI."

The teen idol, who appeared on the September 23 season premiere of the popular CBS crime series, is set to reprise his role as bad boy Jason McCann.

In his first appearance on the show, Bieber's character participated in an anti-government rally, and was later jailed for his involvement in a bombing.

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