Justin Bieber Releasing Single A Week Before One Word-Titled New Album Drops

Get excited, Justin Bieber fans. The superstar is releasing a brand new single one week before his highly anticipated new album arrives on November 13.

The news comes via music trade Hits Daily Double, amid a few album hints from Justin himself during his promo tour in Australia and New Zealand.

Justin is currently riding high with a monumentally successful career relaunch that has been building all year. After the top 10 chart impact of “Where Are U Now?” (his Jack U collaboration), the “Comeback Kid” narrative exploded when the tropical-house-pop jam “What Do You Mean?” was released on August 28. It went on to break Spotify and iTunes records and debut at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Naturally, fans and media are now speculating what the second cut from the superstar’s new album will sound like, given previous reports that the album will be a mix of R&B, pop, and EDM. In other words: this song could sound like literally anything.

During an onstage interview with Australia’s Sunrise breakfast TV program when he performed at Sydney Harbour on Wednesday, Justin revealed Ed Sheeran has written a song on his upcoming album.

Could this be the next single?

The 21-year-old has now moved on to Auckland, New Zealand, where he performed an acoustic set for 100 fans who won competition tickets to the show on Thursday night. During a chat with The Edge radio hosts Dom Harvey and Jay-Jay Feeney earlier in the day, Justin played 10 seconds of a new track called “No Pressure.”

Could it a tease of the next single? Just days ago, the singer posted a selfie to Instagram, captioned, “No pressure.” So maybe he’s priming fans for this as a single?

Moving on to album news, during his sit-down with hosts Marty and Steph from The Edge’s Smash! show, the Biebs revealed the name of his album will be rolled out “within the next couple of weeks.”

Justin also confirmed that his album has a one-word title when his hosts correctly guessed this.

Meanwhile, the unavoidable subject of the completely unnecessary looming face-off between Justin and One Direction both releasing new albums on the same day has touched off serious drama among their already battling fandoms. And, of course, the media, which seems as addicted to shade and feuds as the kids it caters to, is fanning the flames.

To wit, let it be known that Bieber announced his album release date the same day that “What Do You Mean?” dropped.

With Bieber fans disgruntled that their idol’s comeback narrative and anticipation of his new music has essentially been hijacked by One Direction jumping on the same release date to unleash their Zayn-less Made In The A.M. — the artists themselves are now having their say, albeit lightly.

A few days ago, Justin posted a Snapchat video of himself from Australia. In the clip, he made a scared-looking face just after saying, “Face you make when you come out with an album the same day as Justin Bieber.”

In clear response, One Direction’s Louis Tomlimson shared his own a Snapchat video of him saying “That face you pull when you’re playing the last night of the 02, ooh!”

Last night, Liam Payne took to Twitter to offer the following.

Liam’s tweets may have been a response to remarks the Biebs made during his spot on The Edge FM’s Smash! show. When he was asked if he’d phoned pal Niall Horan to ask why the boy band chose to kick off an album rumble, Justin replied that he hadn’t made such a call, but did state the obvious: that One Direction and Syco’s decision was almost certainly a marketing move.

Music business and general speculation that One Direction’s fifth album will be their last is the context which likely prompted their camp to opt for a high-drama sign off. That, and Adele.

“We’re talking about them right now so it gives them some promo. That’s probably why they did it,” Justin told the Smash! hosts, adding, “I think it was strategy on their part because my release date was first.”

This will get lost in media coverage today, but Justin did say he saw it all as “friendly competition” and is “excited to see what happens” on November 13. CeeLo Green, Ty Dolla $ign, and Boots are also releasing albums that day.

Hits Daily Double reported the projected album units for the two artists. Industry analysts predict 1D could shift 350,000 units in their first week, based on their 2012 and 2013 albums and the 387,000 units they moved in the debut week of last year’s Four.

Meanwhile, Justin’s biggest first week was 374,000 for 2012’s Believe, while 2013’s Believe Acoustic racked up 211,000. Whichever artist wins, it’s doubtful many realize that it is the qualitative value of either album which matters in the long run.

This is especially true as a week after November 13, the juggernaut-sales-in-waiting otherwise known as Adele’s third album 25, arrives on November 20.

Whose new album are you most excited for: Justin Bieber or One Direction’s?

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[Images via The Edge]