Bieber at Padang: Older and more risque

Bieber at Padang: Older and more risque
Justin Bieber performs at the Padang as part of the 2013 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix closing concert

After watching Rihanna "kill it" at the Padang on Sunday night, Justin Bieber vowed on Twitter he'd do the same at his concert last night.

So, did he? He sure did. The 19-year-old appeared right on schedule at 8.15pm, after teasing fans with a big-screen 10-minute countdown, on a picture of a key, a not so sly promo for his latest fragrance, released in June.

Unlike other dates on his ongoing Believe tour, there were no angel wings for him to fly in on.

Instead, the Bieber who showed up was near-adult, muscular and had tattoos on his arms.

Dressed in a white tank top and baggy white trousers, he was a far cry from the person who performed at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in 2011.

The look wasn't the only thing that's changed - the difference between the bubblegum pop of his Baby days and his newer slightly more risque dance and hip-hop sound was evident whenever an older song popped up on the setlist.

Where he used to convince tweens that he was going to - innocently - leave the world with "one less lonely girl", he now sings about an "out of town girl", in a lower voice with a slight rasp.

Newer hits like As Long As You Love Me, Take You and Catching Feelings saw him in his element, with a touch of the Michael Jackson-like crotch-grabbing that's seeped into his live performances.

A mash-up of older songs like One Time, Eenie Meenie and Somebody To Love sounded a little jarring.

Some older hits like Never Say Never were given a harder rock edge to make them sound more mature.

It barely surprised, considering the teenager is now an almostadult whose clubbing exploits have been well-documented on gossip websites.

His most recent contribution to pop culture is the "lolly dance" craze, a swaggeriffic hip-hop dance set to a song in which he suggestively sings, "She say she love my lolly / she wanna make it pop".

But there were moments of sweetness too. He was pitch-perfect and swoon-inducing during an acoustic set.

Video footage of an adorable young Bieber performing for family and schoolmates were interspersed throughout the concert, reminding the audience of his rapid, though tough, rise to success.

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