Thursday, March 10, 2011

Justin Bieber Brings Music, Hair and Near Riots to the U.K.

Beatlemania? Yeah, right. More like Biebermania.
Hundreds of screaming girls have assembled outside of the (aptly named) Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool, England, hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite teen superstar, Justin Bieber.
You better Belieb it!
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"This is crazy. There are like thousands of people out there. Love everybody but gonna try and get some sleep. Please dont scream. lol," tweeted the singer who later posting a Twitpic of the madness.
Bieber's rep tells E! News that the scene is so chaotic that police have warned Bieber and his entourage not to leave the hotel or go out on any balconies or "they will be arrested for inciting a riot."
"They are complying with police demands," said the publicist.
A spokeswoman for the Merseyside Police in Liverpool said officers are on the scene to ensure crowd control because of the amount of people in the street, which has been shut down, and that Bieber's security team is working with officials to ensure his safety and that of the other guests.
The spokeswoman denied the Bieber camp's suggestion that the YouTube sensation and his crew were threatened with arrest, though she did say that police have recommended he not leave his room for now for security reasons.
Of course, Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, is no stranger to hyping up crowds to suit the popster's publicity needs. After all, Braun was arrested a year ago for his role in a stampede during a promotional appearance at a Long Island, New York, mall and charged with reckless endangerment and criminal nuisance.
The local Liverpool Echo was a little more sedate about the whole affair. While labeling the chaos "scenes not witnessed since Beatlemania gripped Liverpool decades ago," the newspaper didn't bother mentioning the authorities' caution.
Given their own history, those Liverpudlians know a thing or two about crowd control.
The "Never Say Never" star is slated to perform at the city's ECHO Arena tomorrow night now that he's wrapped up a two-night stint in Dublin that drew similar crowd reactions when he attempted to do some sight-seeing around town.
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