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Hit for Hit: Justin Bieber vs. Shawn Mendes

Collaboration coming soon? Who can say. But here's a definitive battle between the Canadian Pop Kings.

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Just up North, there's a pseudo-Utopia, where the money smells of maple syrup, the residents are famed for their niceness, and there's the promise of Universal Healthcare that has US residents threatening to pack their winter coats in escape.

Though their leadership has its own problematic past (it's Blackface), one thing they might do better than us is producing pretty boy pop stars.

Some of the biggest pop music stars are Canadian expats. There's Drake, the sadboy King himself; The Weeknd, posterchild of Aquarius toxicity; relative R&B newcomer and singer-songwriter, Daniel Caesar; and newly minted pop darling Lennon Stella of Nashville fame.

But arguably, two of today's biggest Canadian pop kings are Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes.

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber {Object} arrives for the Premiere Of YouTube Originals'"Justin Bieber: Seasons" on January 27, 2020 in Westwood, CA

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Justin Bieber's musical career and public image have become inseparable.

Earlier this year, the Canadian pop star released Changes, a shallow collection of sex-tinged R&B songs that served as the singer's first album in five years. The album was explicitly dedicated to his wife, Hailey Bieber, which was perhaps the only interesting thing about it since the duo's tumultuous relationship was already established as an inescapable part of pop culture.

The Biebers' 2019 Vogue cover story illuminated what the publication called an "All-In" romance; it was filled with bizarre anecdotes, including that the couple married quickly to break their year-long celibacy. Bieber–an openly devout Christian whose close ties to the controversial Hillsong United Church have remained problematic throughout his career–had seemingly reentered the public eye as a changed married man of God who sang exclusively about making love to his wife.

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Did Hailey Baldwin Just Vow to Kill Selena Gomez?

Thank God Selena got out while she could.

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Selena Gomez has released a new song called "Lose You to Love Me," which many fans think is a final goodbye to her famous ex Justin Bieber.

For anyone needing a refresher on the Baldwin-Bieber-Gomez love triangle, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber famously dated on-and-off from the time they were teens. They broke up for the last time in March 2018; Bieber started dating Baldwin in June, and the pair got engaged in July.

After Bieber and Baldwin celebrated their wedding, fans watched Gomez's moves with bated breath. A sleepy, sad-faced selfie Gomez garnered over 8 million likes.

The social media drama has continued. Precisely four minutes after the star posted "Lose You To Love Me," a glittery piano ballad that erupts into a lush chorus, Hailey Bieber posted a screenshot of the song "I'll Kill You" by Summer Walker, a song that is mostly about a woman warning another woman to stay away from her man. Gomez's many devoted fans have criticized Mrs. Bieber, comparing each of their reactions in a series of scintillating Tweets. Many have pointed out that Gomez's song in no way seems to imply that she wants JBiebs back; instead, it seems to praise the end of a toxic relationship.

Bieber also posted something after Gomez's song dropped, though it's slightly more cryptic: An extremely high-definition image of a very annoyed-looking cheetah.

Personally, I'm happy for Selena. She's a complex, talented, strong woman and she shouldn't have to deal with somebody as obviously needy as Justin Bieber. In so many of the interviews with Bieber and Baldwin, Bieber seems to describe Baldwin as the steady, stable contrast to his heavily tattooed chaos, but really, it just seems like Bieber's looking for someone to take care of him. Thank god Selena got out of there when she could.

Still, maybe we shouldn't all be so quick to attack Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber. They're probably fighting like hell right now to preserve their marriage in the name of Jesus Christ, while Selena Gomez just released the best song of her career—which isn't saying all that much, but still. Anyone who watched them fall for each other in 2009 knows why this is so important.

Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber - bad guy

Justin Bieber has remixed Billie Eilish's hit "Bad Guy," adding his disorientingly high-pitched vocals to the 17-year-old's slightly terrifying bop.

This seems like a clear attempt on Eilish's part to skyrocket her most popular song to the top of the charts, and it just may work. Unfortunately, Bieber's voice is sexy, even though you kind of wish he had stopped singing around 2012 because watching his innocence fade slowly over time felt like a crushing blow on top of our own coming-of-age angst; also, the fact that Eilish was a superfan and now they're collaborating is pretty satisfying for any former Belieber. This version is actually better than the original, maybe because you can feel both singers' egos leaking through the sound, saturating you with a creepy, glossy feeling that reeks of money and child-star nihilism.

In many ways, "Bad Guy" is the perfect song for Bieber right now. He's been the subject of a great deal of criticism for being, well, a bad guy—from collaborating with abuser Chr*s Br**n to defending Scooter Braun against Taylor Swift's tearful accusations to being slammed by Emma Portner, a former choreographer who argued that he was a sexist asshole who paid his staff next to nothing. This song feels like Bieber throwing up his arms and shouting, "Well, f**k it, I guess I am a terrible person, but you're still going to buy my music and listen to my songs, because part of you also feels like you're a terrible person, and there's something cathartic about listening to someone else fully own their sh**tiness." Well, maybe not the last part—he may well also be thinking, "This is all in the name of Jesus."

Still, in this world where climate change is literally preparing to decimate us all and most of us are doing nothing, it's not hard to feel like a terrible person. At least when New York City goes under, we'll have Billie Eilish and Justin Bieber to bop along to until the waves go over our heads.

Billie Eilish - bad guy (with Justin Bieber) [Audio]

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Justin Bieber challenged Tom Cruise to a fight in the UFC Octagon (the big cage thing they fight in) this morning, and no one cares. While Cruise has yet to respond to the brash challenge, most have already decided the fight's outcome.

Many immediately sided with the 60-year-old Mission Impossible actor, but most of the internet just doesn't give a shit, and it's hilarious.

Connor McGregor continued to fan the flames, adding further nonsense to what's already the sloppiest PR stunt of the summer. Once again, no one cared.


Then, McGregor took the biggest stick he could find and beat the dead horse to bits, challenging Mark Wahlberg to a similar fight.

There is something entertaining about the idea of celebrities fighting, but at the end of the day, the memes reign triumphant as the real champs.

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It’s Official! Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are Married

Engaged in July, the Couple Got Hitched at the Courthouse

Popdust recently shared the news that 'pop prince' Justin Bieber, 24, asked model-of-the-moment, 21-year-old Hailey Baldwin to be his bride. Well, these two didn't waste any time, as Us Weekly can confirm that they got married at a NYC courthouse on Thursday, July 13. Lucky #13 will be the young lovers' special day, as they spend the rest of their lives as husband and wife. Well, at least the bride is old enough to sip a glass of champagne to celebrate!

The two were on-again/off-again for a while, but they landed on the "on-again" as the last petal of the "she loves me, she loves me not" flower hit the ground. And now one of the celeb world's youngest "power couples" have made it official as they signed the doc to go with Baldwin's rock.

Surely, the courthouse won't be the final place "The Biebs" and Baldwin will celebrate their marriage. Celebs of their caliber know how to throw a pricey party, and with the slew of famous family members and fabulous friends the duo has, their wedding shindig is sure to be quite the show. Picture the beautiful Baldwin in a sexy-sweet designer gown and the groom looking gorgeous in something more stylish than a sweatshirt and shorts. Paparazzi will hound the venue like predators and gossip rags and sites will strive to be the first to snag pics of their first dance.

As per Us Weekly, "Bieber's mom, Pattie Mallette, seemingly hinted at their nuptials in a tweet on Friday, September 14. 'Love is unconditional,' she wrote." That it is, but let's hope the sort of "love" this young couple shares lasts longer than the average celeb marriage.

We all know that Bieber was with singer/actress Selena Gomez for a long time. Many fans thought they'd reconcile, but Biebs set his sites on Baldwin. "Justin is really in love with Hailey. He loves that she is super chill and down to do anything. Hailey has calmed Justin down a lot, and she has changed him as a man," an insider told Us Weekly. She certainly changed him alright…from "player" to "partner!"

Let's wish this ridiculously good-looking couple lots of love, luck, and longevity for a marriage that stands the test of time (and that of being in a celebrity marriage). The courthouse may not be chic, but this couple knows how to turn the everyday into something extraordinary!

Congrats Justin and Hailey!

Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G,, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.

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