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Blogging from… Star 94’s Jingle Jam featuring Justin Bieber, Jordin Sparks

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Star 94 two years ago hit it the jackpot for its Jingle Jam with the Jonas Brothers. This year, it’s Atlanta’s own Justin Bieber, who is the tween/teen poster boy of choice right now. In fact, the bulk of the crowd is gals, ages 10 to 16, with a few stray parents thrown in for good measure.

Yes, I am completely out of place here. But I’m actually here for Leona Lewis and for my Idol blog, Jordin Sparks. I saw headliner the Fray two years ago so I may skip out on them.

I got here too late for Owl City (riding the top two hit “Fireflies”) but just caught Cobra Starship, who had a No. 1 hit in the fall with “Good Girls Gone Bad.” They have that Knack-lite feel. “Cobra Starship isn’t just a band but a lifestyle,” lead singer Gabe Saporta said with a straight face.

He brought Bieber up on stage to do a drum solo. Pandering? Why not? That kid’s hot!

Leading into Cobra’s latest song “Hot mess,” Saporta said it’s not just Atlanta but “Hotlanta.” He pointed out his drummer is from Atlanta, then mentioned “Hotlanta” three more times. Yes, that word rears its ugly head again. (I just heard it in the film “Up in the Air” with George Clooney last Friday, too.)

They changed the lineup, moving “X Factor” winner Leona Lewis to the No. 3 slot and giving Justin Bieber a later spot. Lewis, after two major hits off her first album (”Bleeding Love” and “Better in Time”), her song “Happy” off album No. 2 stalled out. She did finish her set with what sounds like a fun dance tune called “Outta My Head” but who knows if it will hit the public’s fancy. She did sound great, a slightly less slutty version of Mariah Carey (with slightly less impressive pipes.). The teen crowd loved to sing the chorus of “Bleeding Love” so much they almost drowned her out.

8:45 p.m.: Justin comes out and this place goes into pandemonium. “Justin! Justin!” the crowd chants. The mop-topped 15-year-old Canadian native who created a near riot at a Long Island mall a few weeks ago has lived in Atlanta the past three years under the watchful eye of Atlanta manager Scooter Braun, who discovered him off YouTube. Usher helped get Bieber a deal with L.A. Reid’s label last year Island Records.

Bieber has since generated two top 20 hits, “One Time” and the even catchier ”One Less Lonely Girl.”

Bieber’s voice still sounds like he’s 12 and he looks about that age, too. But he truly has pipes and has the stage assurance of someone twice his age. He broke his leg at a London concert in late November and is still wearing a large cast on his right leg. Nonetheless, he was moving around the stage fairly well. He did concede to reality when he asked everyone to jump up and down by hopping on his good foot.

As a conclusion, he sang a snippet of Chris Brown’s “With You,” the song on YouTube that has been seen more than 16 million times and helped get him discovered.

I stuck around for Jordin Sparks, the season six “American Idol” winner, now 19 years old. Her latest radio single “S.O.S” is her first bomb, recently peaking in the 30s. It’s a basic ripoff of Shannon’s “Let the Music Play.” I hope the label will find a better third single off her current album to release to radio.

On stage, Sparks has a more mature haircut and far better stage presence than she did during her “Idol” days. She even pulls off a few simple dance steps. Disappointingly, she dispenses with a live band for this radio tour but does have four backup singers. At the Z100 Jingle Jam earlier this week in New York, she sang the duet of her big hit “No Air” with Justin Bieber but she went solo this time. Still, the song gives me chills to this day.

She then gave us a Christmas song, opting  for a lovely a cappella version of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” before ending with her recent top 5 hit “Battlefield.”

My colleague Robb Cohen took pictures from the concert in a gallery.

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24 comments Add your comment

may

December 18th, 2009
2:53 am

Justin bieber is the best!!! =)

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Mom of teens

December 18th, 2009
9:51 am

The concert was great! It was a very “clean” and fun show appropriate for all ages. Cobra Starship rocked! The only dissapointment was that we left after 4 songs from The Fray( who were awesome!) because it was just getting so late on a school night and we had such a long ride home. Overall it was an excellent show and a great value at only $50 per ticket!

alex

December 18th, 2009
9:56 am

hey, hey, hey!
Omg i love you so much1 i love your songs! if there was 2 thing you want in this world what who it be?? Me i would want to meet you or at least talk to you! and the second thing would be to become a siger i love sing that what i do and all i want to do! i think you polling that prank on usher, was so funny! if you can you should look for me on my space! ally.hickerson@yahoo.com you can learn more about me and see what i look like! sexy and blound! blue eyes, short! lol i wish to meet you! thank-you! alex!

yamama

December 18th, 2009
11:48 am

OMG IS THIS CHICK FOR REAL?

Tamara Batko

December 18th, 2009
12:56 pm

omg hes really looking good in that pic .

Very Happy Fan

December 18th, 2009
2:34 pm

Jingle Jam was by far one of the best concerts I have seen. Like the mom wrote above, it was a perfect show for the whole family! My kids told me I was the best mom ever for taking them :) especially after they got a free pair of sunglasses from Plato’s Closet, a free combo meal from Arby’s and we parked in VIP because I’m a State Farm customer! Merry Christmas to ME!! Thanks Star94. You will always be the best station in town.

LOL

December 18th, 2009
3:04 pm

If he really wants to be black he should quit his job and go knock up a white chick! lol

Katy

December 18th, 2009
3:07 pm

Your no the bomb..lol Just Kidding!!!! LOVE YEAH

lexi

December 18th, 2009
5:27 pm

i love ur music sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much one time and one less lonley girl is my fave. songs

sparky

December 18th, 2009
7:07 pm

i like turtels

ouassima

December 20th, 2009
12:47 pm

Jinx (formerly known as woogidy)

December 20th, 2009
10:02 pm

desirae

December 21st, 2009
2:53 pm

I LOVE YOUR MIUSCI SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH I WANT TO MEET YOU SOOOOOOOOOO BEB….

desirae

December 21st, 2009
2:54 pm

Heyy How is life goin for you…. My Life will be will good if i meet you…You are my fav Fan if you no that…… I Wish i can meet you soo beb…….

Demetrius

December 21st, 2009
8:34 pm

Punk azz wigger. Yo daddy shoulda whooped dat azz.

urmusicalex

December 21st, 2009
9:32 pm

Watch Justin Bieber LIVE at MuchMusic in Toronto on December 22 answer YOUR question- What would you ask Justin Bieber if YOU had the chance?
just text JUSTIN to 4849 on your Rogers phone, and you might get your question read out loud to Justin Bieber LIVE at MuchMusic in Toronto on December 22!

What are YOU going to ask him…
& for all the true beliebers out there, head to Rogers urMusic Facebook page to download JB songs, ringbacks and ringtones!
xx urmusicalex

urmusicalex

December 24th, 2009
9:50 am

OMG Justin Bieber was so amazing on MuchMusic December 22!
Hey, don’t miss out next time!
Just fan Rogers urMusic on facebook so you’re in the loop for the next AWESOME promotion.
Happy holidays everyone!

xx urmusicalex

the read head

December 24th, 2009
11:12 pm

JR.. just wanted to say hello! I was gonna write a bunch of awful stuff that i know, but then thought….why? it’s probably tough enough to deal with who you are, and who you actually want to be. kinda sad, dude. i feel for you. you should try to be who u really wanna be, (and be with who U really wanna be with) altho, it won’t happen, u should just try and step out. Being a fraud is awful, people hate it.. they just do…and the frauds themselves hate it. Stop being a fraud. it hurts. but stop. We all know everything….WE ALL KNOW. just stop it man. Bowen sucked…and u do also…but u can MAN UP and fix it. but u have to be U!!! Tell those dicks to layoff, and do U! Dimick is a robot, but he’ll fry YOU before anyone. 2 AM Shows are on ur watch, one failed (there) and is NOT impressed by you, and your current one wants you to get thrown on a MARTA track…TREND??? um….yea. Doing her, or not…she ain’t helpin you dude!? Ain’t!!! Make your impression…its been a YEAR and STAR is worse OFF. take that dumb ass thing off your door and get to work…no , NO ONE cares about what you SAID you would do…they’re just wondering WHEN you will deliver….Will you deliver, JR??? Will you?? Only you know, ONLY U KNOW!

dre

December 26th, 2009
11:48 pm

Somone please remind him what an idiot he looks like with his backward hat and fingers pointing down, jeez.

amani

January 3rd, 2010
3:40 pm

i want to meet you

Kate

January 19th, 2010
4:42 pm

My sissy’s friend bronte taylor says u no her.By the way I LOVE U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

amanda

January 27th, 2010
4:59 pm

If I could ask him anything I would ask him if he would sign me into singing cause i have an amazing voice. I would also ask him if he would date me.

rhiannon

March 9th, 2010
9:16 am

welllllllllllllllllllllllll ellooooo there justinn ,,, ,,,
i love your music sooooo much my favee songg is babyy i apsolutely adoree itt,, ,,,
you have a good fashion of clothingg ,, stylishh ,, funkyy ,,, and gawjuss hair ,, everii thinn
suitss u ,, well i ent gnna go bit OTT like sum pple do otha u soo obsessed ,,
butt yeahh u r wurldss bestt singaa ur minee anywayss ,,,
love alwayss rhiannon xxxx