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Justin Bieber Survives Comedy Central Roast: Now For the Real Test

Justin Bieber survived his Comedy Central roast, but the real test awaits him when he releases a new album, if ever. (Photo: Getty)

Justin Bieber survived his Comedy Central roast, but the real test awaits him when he releases a new album, if ever. (Photo: Getty)

Justin Bieber survived his Comedy Central roast. No surprise there, but whether it took the edge off his abrasive personality remains to be seen. The real test will come when he releases a new album, his first in nearly three years. Will his fans still buy his music?

For someone with superstar status, Bieber has only produced three studio albums.

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His last, Believe in 2012, debuted at No 1 on the Billboard albums chart with first-week sales of 374,000 copies, and was later certified platinum, meaning it sold more than one million copies.

But that was before his dubious run of juvenile delinquency that polarized his imaged and painted him as a boyish lout. His work since then bombed.

In his effort to turn a new leaf, he’s apologized on social media, made several appearances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and, of course, endured his roast.

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Bieber, who turned 21 earlier this month, apparently doesn’t want anything to complicate his relationship with his fans. He told USAToday in a new interview, he intends to remain single for now and concentrate on himself.

“Well, at this point in my life I’m so focused on myself that I’m not looking for a girlfriend,” he told the newspaper. “I’m just trying to make sure I’m 100 percent so I can add to the person I want to be with.”

In the back of his mind, the pop singer must be thinking about how his romance with Selena Gomez riled his fans. Almost every woman he’s linked with gets the same treatment. Apparently, he doesn’t want to do anything to alienate his fans now.

Bieber also revealed that he has excluded some people from his life “who weren’t on the same journey I was on.”

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But even he realizes all he’s done isn’t really enough.

“We can talk and do interviews and I can say I’m in a better place, but until they see the walk, and see the transition come to life, that’s what’s really going to matter,” he said.

Bieber’s last foray into music came in 2013 when released a new song every Monday for 10 weeks, leading up to his film “Believe,” which was released that December.

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The songs and other material was packaged into a collection called Journals. It was released on iTunes, but only for one month.

The film was largely panned by critics and bombed at the box office. It grossed just over $6 million against a $5 million production budget, before it was pulled from theaters after one month.

In contrast, his previous concert film, 2010’s “Never Say Never” grossed $98.4 million worldwide and ranked in the same ballpark as similar films by Michael Jackson and Miley Cyrus.

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Meanwhile, Journals bombed commercially, was generally panned by critics and did not chart. And that was before his string of bad behavior.

Bieber has talked about working on new music with an eye on a new studio album. But like he says, he’s yet to walk the walk.

And, if it bombs…. we’ll be watching him in a few years on “Dancing With the Stars.”

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