Is it time to quit dismissing the taste of teenage girls and start appreciating Justin Bieber?

What helped out both The Beatles and Justin Timberlake is that they had the talent to keep those loyal teens around even once they left the teeny-bopper age limit and could watch their listenership expand. Isn't that exactly what acts like Justin Bieber and One Direction could foresee in their own futures?

Biebz, pop's Prodigal Son, had been discovered by Scooter Braun after the manager accidentally found the then-tween's precocious performance of Ne-Yo's "So Sick" in a local talent show.

The five boys of One Direction were placed together after individually auditioning for and making it through to the next round of Britain's The X Factor, having showcased the extent of their own ranges and vocal abilities. While still "manufactured" by Simon Cowell via the reality show, it's hard to sell performances like Liam Payne's jazzy, big band delivery of Michael Buble's "Cry Me a River" as anything short of brilliant.

Maybe it's the intensity of the fervor that feels off-putting to the less pop-inclined -- younger fans have an almost cult-like obsession with their favorite acts. They own all the products, reenact Beatlemania-level riots at all their events, and have an unprecedented breadth of knowledge thanks to blogging communities and social network sites.

It's really not that different from the level of engagement rock fans have with the bands they worship. We all know that one person who collects memorabilia emblazoned with mop-topped heads of John, Paul, George and Ringo, and we've probably had a chat or two with that other person who spends all their money on top-notch seats at multiple concerts in a singular tour for their favorite act.

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26 comments
George Abbott
George Abbott

No. Not until the talent level gets back to The Beatles.

K. Lyn Baker
K. Lyn Baker

Closer to David Cassidy than Justin Timberlake.

Michael Howell
Michael Howell

No. This has to be a trick question right? Bieber sucks. Not really a fan of Timberlake either.

David Stone
David Stone

No. Timberlake has style and a cool demeanor, Beiber is a tool.

Mark Sanders
Mark Sanders

Oh nasty. When I first read that headline I thought y'all were talking about eating girls.

Denise Ortega
Denise Ortega

If teenaged girls want to spend all their time and money on a skinny kid who can't dance and certainly can't sing, what do I care? At least they aren't spending it on drugs. Doesn't bode well for the future of music, though, when he gets referenced as an "influence" on the industry. Sad.

Sara Sylvia
Sara Sylvia

I don't think a lot of people hate him just for the sake of hating so much as we're just tired of the same old crap produced for the same audience over and over again. I have yet to meet a full grown adult in person get pumped about anything he does, it seems his main publicity comes from teenage girls and almost middle age rappers.

Vivi Sojorhn
Vivi Sojorhn

Possibly he'll have to suffer a great tragedy for us to believe he's grown up and has something to say...or sing about.

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

No. Justin timberlake is talented and can act and sing and dance. Beiber is a phony.

Madison Chelsea Watson
Madison Chelsea Watson

did you read the article? i love the part where it says "So while everyone bides their time loving them in secret or hating them for the sake of hating something, 1D and the Biebz will never be respected because everyone knows their fans -- teenage girls -- are never to be trusted with matters of taste."

Craig Hawkins
Craig Hawkins

Without autotune, half of these 'artists" would be looking for real jobs.

Tarayn Marissa
Tarayn Marissa

NO. He turned down Justin's help for Usher too btw.

Tony Soto
Tony Soto

Not even close with his fake ass singing!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Some guys like the taste of teenage girls ...

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