Bieber’s holiday special airs December 22 and will raise money for his Believe charity drive.
By Jocelyn Vena
Justin Bieber has helped light the tree in New York’s Rockefeller Plaza and sang Christmas carols with the president. Now, MTV News has confirmed that the pop star will celebrate the season once more with his very own special, “Justin Bieber: Home for the Holidays.”
Bieber will tape the fundraising special at a secret Toronto location before it airs December 22 on MuchMusic and CTV. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Bieber said, “The holidays are a very special time of the year for me and I’m looking forward to coming home and ringing them in with my friends and family.”
Funds raised at the show will benefit Bieber’s Believe charity. Portions of the proceeds raised by his holiday album, Under the Mistletoe, also went to the nonprofit. Believe raises money for organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Pencils of Promise, Musicians on Call, Project Medishare for Haiti, City of Hope, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Grammy Foundation.
“I am launching the Believe Charity Drive because I know firsthand that if you believe in your dreams, everything is possible,” Bieber said in a statement about the initiative. “The Believe Charity Drive directly benefits charities that are making a difference in the world. You can … donate as little as one dollar, or even donate your time, because everything will make a difference. Please join me in our quest to raise millions of dollars by the release of my new 2012 album, Believe. I know that with your help, we can make a change.”
On Monday (December 12), in addition to announcing the holiday special, Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun also tweeted about the overwhelming success Under the Mistletoe has had since its November debut.
“@JustinBieber’s christmas album ‘Under The Mistletoe’ is the biggest selling International Christmas album for UMG in a decade!!” he tweeted. “That makes it the biggest selling holiday album on Universal in the last decade moving ahead of Andrea Bocelli. very proud and at this rate by Christmas @justinbieber’s ‘Under The Mistletoe’ will be the biggest 4th qtr album release of the entire UMG-EMI system!”
Bieber recorded several classic tunes for the album, as well as original songs, including lead single “Mistletoe.” He worked with artists like Mariah Carey, Usher, the Band Perry, Busta Rhymes and Boyz II Men on the project. “Thank u to everyone supporting this incredible album,” Braun added. “All the stats are amazing but what Im most proud of is the music. REALLY GREAT MUSIC.”
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