written by Carla Bynum
Since his debut in 2009, the 21-year-old has been a platinum selling artist with a loyal fanbase. Even with his run in with the law recently, they have stood by his side and continue to support him in everything he does. In fact, they have helped make Bieber’s four studio albums multi-platinum successes. His most recent album, Purpose was released on November 13th and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts, selling 522,000 copies in its first week.
Bieber shows us a more vulnerable side on the Skrillex-produced track “I’ll Show You.” Since he was 14-years-old, he has been in the public eye and his life feels like a movie where all his mistakes are broadcast to the world. He knows that he isn’t perfect and wish that people would realize he is human and hurts the same way everyone else does.
“What Do You Mean?” was released as the album’s lead single on August 28th and debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his first number one hit single. The song also became the fastest song to reach number one on iTunes. During his interview with Ellen DeGeneres, he admitted that this song was also about his ex-girlfriend. The song is about how women say one thing and mean the complete opposite. He is trying to figure out what his lady wants and wishes she would speak her mind.
After teasing fans with short snippets of the song “Sorry,” it was officially released on October 23rd to critical acclaim. The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Justin knows that he messed up and let his ex-girlfriend down but he wants to know if it’s too late to apologize because he misses her.
With help from Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco, Justin wrote the breakup song “Love Yourself” about a past lover. Her narcissist and belittling ways drove them apart and he wants her to know that he is better off alone.
Bieber isn’t looking for anything serious but he is looking for someone to keep him “Company” on those lonely nights.
Learning from his past mistakes, JB wants to take his time in love on “No Pressure.” He has his eyes set on one woman and he can’t imagine living without her but he doesn’t want her to rush to make up her mind and decide if she wants to be with him. This also marks the third collaboration between Bieber and Detroit rapper Big Sean.
He has been all around the world and met different kind of women but his lady makes everything seem better. Without her, nothing in his life makes sense. “No Sense” marks Bieber’s second collaboration with rapper Travi$ Scott.
JB wonders if he is in love with the lady in his life or the feeling he gets when he’s with her. “The Feeling” first premiered on Beats 1 Radio on November 9th. The song features electropop artist Halsey.
No matter what may happen in your life, Justin wants listeners to know that “Life is Worth Living.” Over the past few years, he has received negative attention for his drug use and drag racing under the influence. Although his reputation took a major blow at the time, he is working on a better him and knows that although he has made mistakes, it’s worth it to keep going because only God can judge him.
Skrillex and JB collaborate again for the song “Children” about making a difference in the world for the better.
Justin sings about his relationship with God and how He inspires him to better himself on the album’s title track “Purpose.” He has found a new purpose in life and he’s thankful for it.
The deluxe version of the album features five additional songs, including, “Been You,” “Get Used to It,” “We Are” featuring Nas, “Trust,” and “All In It.”
“Been You” is about a former lover that Justin lost because their relationship didn’t go the way he had hoped. If he had known how much he really liked her, he would’ve tried harder to keep their relationship going.
While JB and his ex were on a break, he met and fell for a new girl. He lets her know that she should get used to him always checking on her and wanting to be with her on the song “Get Used to It.”
In the album’s most unusual collaboration, Nas joins Justin on the track “We Are.” Bieber sings about how haters and naysayers tore his relationship with his ex-girlfriend apart. Instead of listening to outsiders and questioning the relationship, he wishes she would have stood up for their love.
“Trust” seems to piggyback off the previous song. Bieber sings about how people don’t want to see him and his lover together but they have to push through the negativity. This song is perfectly summed up with one line, “Sometimes the heart can see what’s invisible to the eye.” Their relationship should be stronger than the hate and they have to learn to trust each other.
JB insists that listeners shouldn’t do anything unless their heart is in it. If you aren’t passionate enough about something to put your “All In It,” then you probably shouldn’t even bother.
Purpose has been dubbed as Justin Bieber’s “comeback album” and is his first studio album release since Believe in 2012. Following a string of negative media attention over the past few years, it makes sense for Bieber to come back harder than ever. With the buzz surrounding his double platinum collaboration with producers Skrillex and Diplo on “Where are Ü Now,” Bieber fans, also known as Beliebers, couldn’t wait for more music from the heartthrob and he did not disappoint. With the soaring success of his singles “What Do You Mean” and “Sorry,” it isn’t farfetched that this album was so well received.
For some artists, it is difficult to transition from child star to an adult but Bieber does so effortlessly. He is no longer the cute kid from Canada singing covers on YouTube but he is a bonafide star who we have seen grow up right before our eyes and his music has grown with him. On this album, he admits to his wrongdoings over the years and finally realizes his purpose in life. Purpose is his most mature album to
Recommended Tracks: “Purpose,” “I’ll Show You,” “Mark My Words,” “The Feeling,” “Life is Worth Living,” “We Are”