Justin Bieber being compared to Bob Dylan is like saying the New Kids on the Block were much like the Rolling Stones back in the day. There are very few similarities and the two bands are more like polar opposites as are Bieber and Dylan! It was during a recent interview when Scooter Braun, who happens to be Bieber’s manager, made the comparison of his client to Dylan and social media just didn’t see it that way.
According to Ultimate Classic Rock on June 13, Braun didn’t take long to explain what he meant after social media intervened with their comments. Bieber’s manager got online to explain where he was coming from making a suggestion that sounded like he put Bieber in the same class of icons where Dylan belongs. Within a few hours the manager took to Twitter to clear up any confusion around him verbally building a huge pedestal for Bieber in that comparison to Dylan. Braun started out by saying “Thanks to social media, we can always speak for ourselves,” and then went on to do so by conveying,
“The comparison I made was regarding the risk Bob Dylan took by going outside of his career’s comfort zone and not being afraid of that change. Dylan’s greatness and boldness in going electric is an example of how going against the grain can become one of your biggest and defining moments […] It was nothing beyond that. Isn’t that what great men are for? […] I have no regrets in mentioning Dylan…as I’m a fan…have studied his history…and have not only loved his music but have gained confidence and knowledge from his journey as a man and as a musician.”
According to the website Salon, Braun was being interviewed by Billboard when he was asked about Bieber’s departure from his normal style of music with his involvement on a track with Jack U and his guest appearance at the EDM-heavy Ultra Music Festival. That is when Braun said, “It’s like Bob Dylan: He pissed people off, but whenever he switched, he reinvented himself in a way that made him who he is today.”
Folks didn’t take kindly to Braun’s comparison, but it seems as though maybe it was something that Braun believed to be true. Does Bieber’s manager really see similarities between the two? He wouldn’t be a good manager if he didn’t believe in his client, so it sounds as if he sees the “Baby” singer as someone as iconic as Dylan. Or at least it looked that way until he “explained” his words. One might say that other than both Bieber and Dylan putting their shoes on one at a time, that is about as far as comparisons can go.