Charice has been rated as the “most likely” contender to replace Justin Bieber as the biggest name in music, according to UK newspaper, The Independent.
The Independent article, titled “Bieber fever? Get over it! Meet the new kids on the block,” identifies 10 young singers that could take Bieber’s mantle. The list included 10-year-olds Jackie Evancho and Heather Russell, Hollywood star Will Smith’s kids, Jaden (12) and Willow (10), and Sweden’s 18-year-old veteran, Amy Diamond, who has 6 albums (including a ‘best of’) behind her already.
However, the article states that of the list of 10 candidates to become the next global mega-star, Charice is the “most likely heiress apparent,” having already carved out an international presence already.
“The most likely heiress apparent is Charice Pempengco, the Philippines’ answer to Whitney Houston and a veteran at the age of 18,” the article read, before going on to briefly detail her high-rating achievements, including featuring in “two of the gala events surrounding Barack Obama’s inauguration.”
There can be no denying the mega-stardom that Bieber enjoying, and at the age of just 16, it seems strange for anyone to be speculating over the Canadian pop star’s career changing to go on a downward spiral.
We already know just how far Charice has come, having topped the charts in Japan, the Philippines (of course) and the US dance charts, and having all but conquered Japan, the second-biggest music market in the world.
But it is also true that she has not yet reached the heights as her Canadian teenage colleague, who featured on the same “Search for the Most Talented Kids” show on Oprah in 2010.
It might even have been whispered that Charice is more talented than Justin Bieber, with a voice that has astounded industry heavy-weights as much as regular audiences. But there can be no denying just how huge Bieber is.
His current album, “My World 2.0,” hit No 1 in the Billboard 200 chart, and has gone double-Platinum in the US, Canada and Australia, while his own movie, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” has just been released. He also has a huge well of support globally, with some 21,785,147 ‘friends’ on Facebook, and 7,549,303 followers on Twitter, making him something of a prince of social networking.
Doubtless, Charice would be the first to back her fellow singer and actor to have a long and hugely successful career. In fact, she has already said that “he deserves everything that is happening to him.”
Charice also indicated she would be open to collaborating with Justin Bieber in the future, though she denied that he has been involved in anyway with her new album, which is set to be released later this year.
However, there is also little doubt that the Laguna-born teenage diva is establishing her own significant global presence – as witnessed by the success of her Japan Tour this week.
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By Robert Sheen, Charicemania.com