In the meantime, a scandal has been brewing regarding Bieber's handlers, manager Scooter Braun and mentor, singer Usher Raymond. They are being accused of gouging Bieber's fans with inflated, rip-off ticket prices. Allegations have also been made that they are scalping their own tickets, which is illegal. Parents of Bieber's fans are paying the price for this dishonesty.
Despite his 27,000,000 "followers" on Twitter, with half the number said to be comprised of users that are not real, Bieber has been experiencing noticeable sales decline. If Bieber truly had 28,000,000 followers, his sales would be in the tens of millions per CD and single released. However, it is no so. To compensate for this fact, journalists have been writing that Bieber's team orchestrated the alleged laptop theft for publicity, to drum up sales interest in the singer. Thus far it has not worked, as sales are still down.
Justin Bieber and Usher
As a musicologist, I've seen many artists come and go. The most striking of all the teen star collapses had to be the New Kids On The Block, who at the height of their teen fan driven fame went from selling 20,000,000 copies of one CD (far more than Bieber) to total music flop in one month, with the release of a failed follow up.