In February, it was “Where Are Ü Now”. Last month, it was “What Do You Mean?” This week, it’s “Sorry”. Justin Bieber continues to dominate the 2015 music scene with songs that exemplify his recent stylistic growth.
“Sorry” is a catchy, upbeat EDM track co-produced by Skrillex, a DJ Justin worked with earlier this year on “Where Are Ü Now”. The success from their collaboration on the Jack Ü track accurately predicted the success “Sorry” has had thus far. Only a few days after it’s release, “Sorry” remains locked in the #2 spot in the iTunes Top 100 Chart (only under Adele, who’s new “Hello” is just as good.) Not to mention, Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” is still close to the top, coming in at #6. “Where Are Ü Now” is still on the chart too, but it’s at #70. Things could be worse.
For “Beliebers” who have patiently waited for Bieber’s return, this new era comes as a relief. 2013 and 2014 were difficult years for the pop star, who involved himself with the “wrong crowd” of friends. His music steadily went downhill from what it was on Believe, while his once charming, innocent personality did a complete 180. The media showed Bieber no mercy during this period of his life.
That is part of the reason why Bieber went on his hiatus in the first place. In an interview with Zach Sang and the Gang, he even admitted that it was difficult to open up to the public again:
Interviewer: It seems like you were kind of nervous when you started getting back into the whole radio interview thing. I’ve been watching interviews over the last few months and you’re becoming more open as it goes on.
Justin: I am. It’s just because the more I’m doing it, the more I’m realizing that “Oh, everyone doesn’t hate me,” you know what I mean? I was going back into it thinking that people were against me and when you feel like people are against you, obviously you’re going to have insecurities and be guarded a little bit. But now of course I have walls up, but they’re shorter walls.
Thankfully, the interviewer was right. Bieber has managed to open up to both this fanbase and the public once again, ready to make up for all of the mistakes
From his live performances and radio appearances, it’s also apparent that he’s been putting in the work to improve his voice. Comparing his concerts from 2013 to his performances now, the difference is noticeable.
The improvement in his vocals hints at good things for his upcoming album, Purpose, which is filled with highly anticipated collaborations. Bieber released the track listing for the album on his social media accounts on Wednesday, revealing songs with Ed Sheeran, Halsey, Big Sean, Travis Scott, Skrillex and Nas. For fans who pre-order the album, there is also an additional remix of “What Do You Mean?” with Ariana Grande. After Purpose drops on November 13, fans can most likely expect another world tour from Bieber. He’s hinted at the idea in various interviews, but specifics will most likely come early next year.
It is refreshing to see an artist such as Bieber successfully transform themselves through a period of growth and find their true “purpose” again. All that’s left to do now is to wait for November 13.