Pop sensation Justin Bieber is taking his act to Israel for the second time, returning in May for another concert at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park.
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Back in 2011, Bieber charmed 23,000 fans at the north Tel Aviv site. His latest album “Purpose,” his fourth, was released last year and sold 640,000 copies in a week.
In Tel Aviv, ticket prices will range from 350 shekels ($92) for the grass, 790 shekels ($209) for the Golden Ring up front and 1,190 shekels ($314) for the VIP section.
Tickets went on sale Thursday for members of the singer’s fan club; they go on sale Saturday for the general public.
Canadian native Bieber, 22, began posting videos on YouTube when he was 13, performing cover versions of rappers and pop singers. Impressed, music producer Scooter Braun invited him to Atlanta, where he introduced him to the rapper Usher, who was an executive producer on Bieber’s first album, “My World 2.0.”
That work ended 2010 at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard chart. Bieber's second album included the mega-hit “Baby,” which became one of the most popular videos on YouTube ever at 4.1 billion views.
At the beginning of this year a Bieber-sung song, “Where Are U Now,” won the Grammy for best dance recording. At next year’s ceremony in February he’s a candidate for four awards including album of the year.
Bieber has also done well at the American Music Awards, the MTV Europe Music Awards and the Teen Choice Awards. The person responsible for bringing Bieber to Israel is producer Marcel Abraham, who’s in charge of the singer’s European tour. Abraham has produced the Israeli concerts of Leonard Cohen, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan and the band Bon Jovi.