Justin Bieber’s new single “Roller Coaster” has soared to No. 1 on iTunes US within nine hours of its midnight release on Sunday (Nov. 24), despite European fans being unable to access the track on the media player.
Five hours after his new “Music Mondays” single dropped, the 19-year-old tweeted iTunes asking them to address the problem after fans raised the alert.
“@iTunesMusic get my song #Rollercoaster out on iTunes in Europe! Wtf (sic),” a frustrated Biebs wrote.
In addition to European fans petitioning iTunes on Twitter, Justin’s manager Scooter Braun voiced his concern. Braun tweeted, “@iTunesMusic get #rollercoaster worldwide.”
Despite these issues, the Canadian’s funk, uptempo bounced its way to No.1, something of a feat given One Direction’s new single “Strong” has only been out since Nov. 22.
As of press time, iTunes rankings show “Roller Coaster” at No. 1, A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera at No. 2 with “Say Something, and Pitbull’s “Timber” featuring Ke$ha at No. 3.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 25, 2013
Rounding out the Top Five, One Direction’s “Story of My Life” scores at No. 4, while Eminem and Rihanna hold at No.5 with “The Monster.”
“Roller Coaster” is the eighth “Music Mondays” cut — and, notably — the first uptempo.
But just because the BPM gets a boost, the state of Bieber’s love life hasn’t really improved. After the lush pain of “Heartbreaker,” longing of “All That Matters,” more lamenting on “Bad Day” and a plea for another chance on “All Bad,” this latest song sees the heartthrob singing about the highs and lows of a relationship that didn’t make it.
“Roller coaster, roller coaster/Spinning all around and around for a world baby,” he sings over a throbbing funk beat and bass reminiscent of Jackson 5, George Clinton, and heavier Disco.”Roller coaster, roller coaster/For a minute we were up, but the next we were falling down.”
Based on the October tease, in which Braun imitated Rodney Jerkins while this latest song played, and the producer’s Twitter and Instagram messages earlier today (#Rollercoaster @JustinBieber go to iTunes and support! Rollerskating Groove!”), Jerkins and 19-year-old Julian Swirsky helmed the track.
— Rodney Jerkins (@RodneyJerkins) November 25, 2013