Justin Bieber’s latest single “Change Me” has topped the iTunes US chart within 10 hours of its release.
Premiering on Sunday, (Dec. 1) earlier than scheduled, the jazz-soaked, piano ballad is the ninth single to roll out from the 19-year-old’s “Music Mondays” series.
Eager fans got busy and pushed the song to No.1 on iTunes US and also 31 international charts, at press time.
Currently, Pitbull’s “Timber (feat. Ke$ha)” holds at No.2 on the American chart just below Bieber.
The No. 3 position belongs to Eminem’s “The Monster (feat. Rihanna).” One Republic’s “Counting Stars” and A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something” rounds out the Top Five.
In addition, “Change Me” punched in 21 Top Ten spots in other territories, notably reaching No. 3 in Justin’s native Canada.
After his first concert at Melbourne, Australia’s Rod Laver Arena, the teen singer took to Twitter to encourage fans to drive the song to No. 1.
“Just got off stage in Melbourne and #changeme is #2!! Lets go!! (sic),” he wrote.
Prior to the song’s drop Bieber announced on Twitter that the track was “very personal,” a quality that has run through all his Journals releases.
Delivering an intimate vocal over a solitary piano for much of the song, he sings in the verse,
“Girl, I’m ready if you’re ready now / Ooh, is it ever gonna be? / If you’re with it then I’m with it now / To accept all responsibility / I’d go out of my way to live by the words that you say / I don’t wanna be the same.”
“Maybe you could change me / Maybe you could change me / Maybe you could be the light that opens up my eyes / Make all my wrongs right / Change me, change me,” he wonders in a melodic chorus.
The superstar has been criticized for an ever-extending string of incidents this year.
These include delayed shows, hysteria over a guestbook entry he left at Amsterdam’s Anne Frank museum in April, paparazzi run-ins, a charge courtesy of Rio police for “defacing” a disused hotel in Brazil with graffiti, and recent fury from an Australian mayor after he tagged graffiti at a hotel he stayed at last week.
As it turns out, the hotel gave Bieber permission and intend to keep the colorful tableau he spray-painted.
Suffice it to say “Change Me” can be taken at two levels. Either way it’s a terrific song, and as the penultimate offering from the Canadian’s “Music Mondays” series expectations for the last should be high.
Bieber now has only three shows left to play Down Under. His definition-defying Believe tour wraps on December 8, just a few weeks before the Christmas debut of the Believe movie-documentary.
— BelieveTourUpdates™ (@BelieveTUpdates) December 2, 2013
[Note: iTunes rankings are in flux.]