Justin Bieber fans, and others who may have been excited by the superstar’s new releases this year, will be able to hear more new music from Canada’s finest as early as this week.
Ahead of his highly anticipated, upcoming album Purpose touching down on November 13, the Biebs has revealed he is dropping a new song, the Skrillex and Blood Diamonds (now Blood) collaboration “Sorry,” in five days time.
Justin first hinted that “Sorry” would be the follow-up to the worldwide No.1 smash “What Do You Mean?” when he teased two videos on Instagram at the start of last week, which showed him practising dance moves with longtime choreographer, Nick DeMoura.
— Dancing Astronaut (@dancingastro) October 19, 2015
Days later, the Biebs put up pre-order links at iTunes for the deluxe and standard editions of Purpose, which saw the album top iTunes charts in 58 countries. It’s still No. 1 on 32 iTunes charts around the world, including the U.S. The 21-year-old added the hashtag #sorry7days to some of his tweets.
The mini-countdown only involves Justin this time, and has now arrived at the 4-day mark. On Monday, the heartthrob tweeted a shirtless selfie, captioned, “New song. Biggest one yet? #sorry4days,” with a link to the deluxe format of his new album.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) October 19, 2015
Biggest one yet? That may take some doing, especially considering the records set by “What Do You Mean?” The tropical house-pop jam became the fastest single to hit No. 1 on U.S. iTunes Sales Singles chart when it was released on August 28. It proceeded to reign at No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Sales Singles chart for 25 days, and ruled the worldwide iTunes song chart for 45 days.
The single broke a new record as the highest-streamed track on Spotify in its debut week with over 21 million streams in five days, beating One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” which punched in over 20 million in its launch week earlier this year.
“Mean” became the fastest to hit 100 million streams on Spotify. It broke week-long streaming records in the U.K., where it also scored Justin his first No. 1 — (now) for a historic non-consecutive five weeks. The song gave the Biebs his first debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart (on September 8 for the tracking week ending September 19), simultaneously making history as the youngest male artist ever to do so. It’s currently at No. 3 on the same chart.
Billboard Hot 100: #3(=) What Do You Mean?, @justinbieber [7 weeks].
— Chart News (@chartnews) October 19, 2015
These affirmative signifiers come as “Mean” hits the over 965,000 U.S. sales mark. It is expected to cross the 1 million threshold this week, according to Nielsen Music.
— HeadlinePlanet.com (@headlineplanet) October 19, 2015
In short, there are a few records for “Sorry” to beat before it can surpass the immenseness of “Mean.” But, we wouldn’t bet against Beliebers. They sent the song to the top of Billboard’s Trending 140 chart earlier Monday. The song will be the second Skrillex and Bieber single, following their team-up with that other Jack U titan, Diplo, producing “Where R U Now?”
— billboard (@billboard) October 19, 2015
Tweet from Blood, Bieber’s longtime stage manager, Scrappy, suggest the song is something special.
ayyy this sry song is good
— BLOOD (@bloodpop) October 19, 2015
— Scrappy (@scrappy) October 18, 2015
In addition to Skrillex, “Sorry” also features the production skills of Blood Diamond, credited as Michael Tucker in the now revealed production and writing credits on Purpose at the pre-order link. Also named are songwriting team Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. Ariana Grande features on a remix duet with the Biebs, which can only be accessed on November 13 to those who pre-order the album.
Other songs on Justin’s new album, whose titles were not revealed, boast major heat. Skrillex is listed on four tracks, but is on five (the aforementioned “Where Are U Now?”). Ed Sheeran, Nas, Big Sean, and Mike Dean are also listed in the credits, and the Biebs previously confirmed Drake is on the record earlier this year.
Kanye West, Diplo, Rick Rubin, and songwriter Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd are other notable names on the LP. A lot is expected of Purpose. But, with the wattage it’s packing, and the quality of Justin’s 2015 output to date, it is setting up as quite the comeback denouement.
“So, basically, for a while, there I felt like I kinda lost my purpose, or felt like I lost my purpose, and I feel like I finally got my purpose back,” Justin told the the hosts.
“And I just want people to be encouraged by that and be inspired by that, and know that ‘Hey, maybe I lost my purpose or maybe I don’t know what my purpose is.’”
Explaining, Justin said,”But just that word is so important in life, just to have something to reach for and have that purpose. I have this platform to do so much and I wanna be able to inspire people.”
He added, “I think my purpose is to inspire people and use my platform to help people.”
[Images via AKM-GSI]