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Is Jamie Cullum The Justin Bieber Of Jazz?

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Whilst Jamie was at the Playboy Jazz Festival recently, someone called him “the Justin Bieber of Jazz” and so Jamie asked if he should be offended?Justin Bieber_ Jamie Cullum

So here’s what we think:

  • Apparently Justin is one of the biggest pop stars to be launched by YouTube.
  • Where as Jamie’s career was helped by non other than the legendary Michael Parkinson.
  • Justin has the “Bieber Fever”, and the suggestion is that if you have more than 1 of his CD’s or bought more than 5 of his songs from iTunes, you are well on your way to having Bieber fever.

“Bieber Fever affects vast numbers of teenage girls and often manifests itself during public celebrity appearances through extreme emotional outbursts and ensuing mass hysteria.” Quora.com

Well let me think about this. Jamie has the “Mixtape” moment that most definitely gets the audience excited. However, its excitement for such a great song that gets everyone dancing. I have seen fans go crazy for Jamie in Europe, screaming for him even when I saw a show in Oslo. But on the whole I have found Jamie’s fans to be of a mixed generation. And would go as far to say you don’t really see many screaming young teenagers (sorry Jamie).

I myself have all of Jamie’s albums and I can tell you I have downloaded a lot more than 5 songs from iTunes. So what category would that put me in?

Justin is without doubt a very successful individual, spotted for his singing ability and no doubt boyish good looks which would appeal to the young girls.

Jamie is without doubt the most successful UK jazz musician who was spotted for his talented piano playing and singing voice.

So should Jamie be offended?

I guess it depends in what context it was meant, as we’ve all heard about Justin’s outrageous behaviour recently.

If fans see Jamie as being just as successful in the music industry in the jazz genre as Justin is in pop, then perhaps Jamie shouldn’t be offended, but honoured as to how some of his fans personally interpret his success.

What do you think? Should Jamie be offended?

I wonder what Justin would make of this comment?

2 Responses to “Is Jamie Cullum The Justin Bieber Of Jazz?”
  1. Steve

    Absolutely he should be offended!. JC seems to be a decent family orientated guy, who has kept his feet firmly on the ground. He takes time to meet and speak to his fans, and appreciates their support. He’s a talented musician who keeps his music fresh and appealing to a range of ages, and goes about his work without the need to cause celeb-mag style headlines just to get attention.

    On the other hand, JB (in my opinion) appears to be a one-dimensional pop-brat who constantly demonstrates he is nothing more than an obnoxious oik with way too much money. He seems to have no regard for his fans (or others who have helped him get to where he is), and will probably end up being in and out of rehab clinics once his “loyal fan-base” realise he’s nothing special and move onto the next pop-brat.

    In my opinion, the two are worlds apart, and if I were JC then I would feel (secretly) offended !

  2. Michelle

    Extremely well put 🙂

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