Justin Bieber, who only a year ago was playing in front of a camera in his bedroom, has exploded into a major music diva with a long list of tour demands for everything from bottles of honey to mounds of food and candy.
The demands are routinely include in what are known as “riders” to tour contracts. The venue or promoter must often cater to the eccentric whims of the stars to avoid tantrums and possible refusal to perform.
In comparison to some stars, such as Mariah Carey, or Jennifer Lopez, the 16-year-old’s demands are relatively modest. But they are gargantuan for a teen who only broke into the big time such a short while ago.
Bieber, who is currently on his My World tour until December, must have such things as Swedish fish (if he’s in the U.S. or Big Foot in Canada), potato chips and Vitamin water, according to a tour rider, or list of demands, posted on TheSmokingGun
Justin has a definite sweet tooth. He also demands gummy candy in his dressing room at all times to satisfy what he calls his worst habit: Eating “too much candy.”
Other must-haves for the 16-year-old Canadian pop star: One deli platter; one fruit platter; one vegetable platter; two bottles of honey; four lemons; assorted herbal teas; two loaves of whole wheat bread and two loaves of white bread.
The slight but athletic 5’4″ Bieber, who weighs 108 pounds, also has a hang up about white tee-shirts and socks. His contract rider demands white low-rise socks and white T-shirts (sizes extra-small and large).
He also demands white towels and anti-bacterial soap, and a high-speed Internet connection, no doubt to tweet to his fans.
While the Bieb is definitely displaying diva behavior, his demands still pale in comparison to some contract riders.
Lopez for example, once demanded that her dressing room be decked out totally in white, including white lilies and white roses. And, that was at a charity show!
Snoop Dog, aka Calvin Broadus, once demanded a Playstation with four controllers and sports video games. “Please trust that this will be some of the most important money you spend,” the rider said.
The 1980s rock group Van Halen once turned in a 53-page contract rider that demanded, among other things, bowls of M&Ms, with all brown M&Ms removed. “Failure to do so could result in cancellation of the contract,” the rider stipulated.
Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D. once demanded 20 cases of Grey Goose vodka, 15 magnums of Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque champagne and another 20 cases of Bacardi rum.
Justin still has a long way to go, but apparently he is learning the ropes quickly.