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article imageOp-Ed: Singers in the news for all the wrong reasons

By Alexander Baron     Mar 20, 2013 in Entertainment
Exeter - Justin Bieber is booed by fans; Beyoncé Knowles confuses fans, and Joss Stone is said nearly to have lost her head. Literally.
Justin Bieber is a star. Who says so? Justin Bieber.
"I'm 19 with five No. 1 albums, 19 and I've seen the whole world, 19 and I've accomplished more than I could've ever dreamed of...I know my talent level".
Hmm, a man...well, a boy, with all that talent certainly doesn't need modesty.
His sudden instant meltdown here in London has been well-documented, including by his Canadian fan club. It remains to be seen how long it will be before the little pipsqueak alienates even him, but when you can write a song like Al Stewart, when you can solo like Carlos Santana, when your songs are covered as much as those of Paul McCartney, then Justin, you will be entitled to call yourself a star.
If Justin Bieber has alienated fans, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter has confused hers. Bow Down, bitch. Did she really say that? How could she? Reaction has been mixed, but people with longer memories will remember The Bitch Is Back by that madman across the water, Elton John, and a lot worse.
It could be she is experimenting. Before people jump on her from a great height they should think one word: punk. At the time it was considered outrageous, today it's part of our culture. Okay, at 31 and now a proud mother, Miss Knowles is a shade too old to be a teen rebel, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Unlike Beyoncé Knowles, Joss Stone doesn't court artistic controversy, nor does she throw public tantrums, so why would anyone want to cut off her head? Have you heard her sing?
Unfortunately, this one is no laughing matter. At Exeter Crown Court at the moment, Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool are standing trial accused of plotting to do precisely that. They were charged with conspiracy to murder, to rob and to cause grievous bodily harm.
The two were arrested way back in June 2011 when they were said to be found acting suspiciously in rural Devon near where Miss Stone lives. When their vehicle was searched, a sword and other strange paraphernalia were found, including a body bag. The Crown alleges they intended to murder her, cut off her head, and dump her body in the river.
Miss Stone told the jury that she never used to bother to lock her door. Needless to say she does now, and has invested in an alarm.
The motive for this crime does not appear to be financial, but if they are found to have plotted to do as the Crown alleges, it is arguable that they belong not in a prison but in an institution of a different kind, one with rubber walls.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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