Tomorrow belongs to him
J USTIN Bieber is 19 today. So, happy birthday, Biebs. There will be a giant card in the Broadmarsh tomorrow for Beliebers to sign, which will be passed on to him before he appears at the Capital FM Arena.
Whether he gets it or not is another question but the possibility that the 19-year-old pop phenomenon may read the words of his Nottingham fans will be enough to prompt a stampede along Listergate. So be careful because they are enthusiastic-bordering-on-hysterical about him.
We've been deluged with e-mails from fans telling us why they are Nottingham's No. 1 Justin Bieber fan.
It's because this is Bieber Week in the Post. Along with the incredibly popular Golden Ticket meet-and-greet competition, we had tickets to win, fan photos and stories and even a cardboard cutout of JB touring the city. And you can win a meal for two at Wimpy in Broadmarsh with it. This is not a joke. Find the Nottingham Post on Facebook for details of that.
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We also had a story from the Capital FM Arena's Kate Osborne, who met the star on his last visit two years ago. It included seeing him finishing his soundcheck in the afternoon and being carried by a minder, in a fireman's lift, across the arena.
More bizarre have been this week's photos of him shopping in London wearing a gas mask.
If it was an attempt to avoid being recognised... well, there are better ways of blending into the crowd. It was suggested that he was maybe trying to protect his vocal cords from pollution.
He posted a photo of himself wearing it on his Instagram account with the message: ""Mi eht test" (no idea).
This week he's also been seen with a possible new girlfriend, a 17-year-old singer from Norfolk who he took to a Justin Timberlake concert.
There's been "excitement" that he has a new "X" tattoo on his arm.
And the press even felt the need to report that he had a problem with his shoe while on stage in Birmingham, when one of the white trainers flew off during a dance routine. When Bieber is in town, anything goes.
One tabloid alleged that he'd requested £15,000 to attend a club in London, was refused and went along anyway.
And it was reported this week that he could become the first artist to perform in space.
After he tweeted "I wanna do a concert in space" last weekend, Nasa got in touch, saying: "Maybe we can help you with that."
So who is this teenager with 50 million Facebook fans and 32 million Twitter followers?
Where did he come from? Well, Canada.
At the age of just 13 he posted videos of himself singing the songs of Usher, Ne-Yo and Stevie Wonder and racked up more than ten million views on YouTube purely from word of mouth.
R&B star Usher caught on to the buzz and signed him to Island/DefJam.
His debut single, One Time, was released in 2010 and it's been bedlam ever since.
The single and six other songs from his debut album, My World, featured in the US chart, the Billboard Hot 100, in the same week.
Since then he's released two updated versions of the album, My World 2.0 and My Worlds – The Collection.
He's doing much the same with second album, Believe, earlier this year releasing Believe Acoustic. And the tour sold out in 45 minutes.
If you are going along tomorrow then you can expect all the key hits: All Around The World, Take You, Catching Feelings, One Time, You Don't Like The Lights, Boyfriend and Believe – but two reviews from his Birmingham shows this week suggest he was miming.
Will the Beliebers care? I doubt they'll even notice.
There is strictly no queuing at the venue before 9am tomorrow.
After 9am, standing ticket holders will be asked to queue on Lower Parliament Street.
Seated ticket holders will be asked to queue on Bolero Square.
Queues will be monitored by stewards and people will be able to have toilet breaks where necessary. Refreshments will be available to purchase from the queue.
Under-14s will not be allowed on the standing floor unless accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over.
People who have seated tickets should not turn up before doors open at 6.30pm. You already have a seat so there's no need to arrive early.
Official Justin Bieber merchandise will be available to buy from the venue tonight between 6.30pm and 10.30pm.
No signs are allowed in the venue. They may be confiscated.
No birthday gifts for Justin Bieber can be left at the arena or given to staff to pass on.
The post show meeting point for parents is in T & D's café.