Justin Bieber’s new single “Heartbreaker” is finally here.
After a build of four months the Canadian star has dropped the first offering from #Music Mondays, a 10-week drive in which he will unveil a new song every Sunday at midnight until December 9.
The song hit iTunes and Justin’s official website a little before midnight (EST).
Shortly after, Bieber tweeted “#MusicMondays” and the iTunes link. He followed that with a longer, frank declaration describing “Heartbreaker” as:
“It’s a song for people going through a heartbreak – like I was when I wrote it. It means so much to me to share what I was, and still am going through, with my fans. I’m very proud of this song and I hope it gives me fans some insight into my heart.”
An immediate deluge of appreciative posts from the singer’s camp greeted the arrival of the song on iTunes, with fans — many of whom had been spreading the word about the single and trending #HeartbreakerTonight in the premiere run-up — taking to Twitter to declare “Heartbreaker” as the best thing they’ve ever heard since the last Bieber track.
Sonically, it’s a richer textured version of snippets previously teased by Bieber in Instavids and his The Key fragrance commercial.
A brief harp swell introduces the guitar motif, and a sparse beat that jumps into an immediate verse with the teen star singing plaintive, personalized lyrics over a melancholic soundscape.
Justin sings: “Girl you don’t know how I feel, since you been away oh baby / Any chance that you could take my call if I dialled you today / And you say wanna talk but it’s cool, I been thinking ’bout you all day long hoping you”ll pick up your phone / And I know that I don’t wanna lose your love, ooh baby, ooh baby, ooh baby, ooh girl I got a secret place that we can go (sic).”
A double bridge delivers the 19-year-old to the soulful chorus which repeats the lines below.
Justin sings:” Don’t tell me you’re my heartbreaker / Cos girl my heart is breaking.”
A darker middle 8, blisters: “I still believe in love, I still believe in us / I hope you believe in us, the way I believe in us / You don’t see cos what you don’t see is when we don’t speak I really don’t sleep, I wanna talk to you and if I had the world in my hands I’d give it all to you (sic).”
Back in July, Braun told MTV News that the reason for opting out of a normal album release cycle was to overcome the distracting context of “dealing with so many different bulls**t– stories every single day.” Braun added he and Bieber hoped the “witch hunt” would end when the singer “really just speaks for himself in the music.”
While it remains to be seen whether “Heartbreaker” achieves that in the long-run, reactions online from fans are positive, which could well signify Bieber’s much debated transition to a more mature-sounding artist will be easier than imagined.