Sorry, but a Justin Bieber and Colombian reggaeton singer J. Balvin Latin remix of “Sorry” makes absolute sense. Which is a good thing because “Sorry — Justin Bieber feat. J. Balvin” is here.
The team-up was teased by Justin and Jose on their social media accounts on Thursday night and really is — as Billboard put it — a perfect intersection between a “mainstream pop star[s] and Latin idol[s.]”
As announced, the remixed “Sorry” dropped onto iTunes and Spotify. Take a listen below.
The new version kicks off with Bieber on the first verse, bridge, and chorus exactly as the original. Then Balvin throws in a shout-out before the second verse, which he also takes. The second bridge sees Jose half-rapping and singing, while Justin drops a pre-chorus before singing the double chorus. The blend of the two singers works and the Latino remix can only help “Sorry’s” chart progress.
Hours before the remix arrived, the Canadian singer shared a photo of his Purpose album cover next to Spanish text saying the new “Sorry” would be rolled out at midnight.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 5, 2015
Getting in on the online action, Balvin joined Justin in teasing a two-part Instagram video of the pair talking. “The Latina girls are gonna go crazy,” the Biebs said at one point during the clip.
Justin also teased an audio of him saying, “Justin Bieber. J. Balvin. Latino remix. Sorry.”
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 6, 2015
Justin Bieber fans probably aren’t surprised J. Balvin was tapped for a collaboration. The pair seemed to get on like a house on fire when they met at the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles back in July.
At the time, Balvin taught the younger star to say the word “parcero” or “bro” and shared a video of the moment.
The singer went on to say he that even though it may look like he is having an amazing time from the outside, he is still struggling and working to stay balanced on a daily basis.
Speaking to Billboard’s Chris Martin, the 21-year-old admitted, “It might seem awesome from the outside, but I’m struggling. Certain things broke my trust with people. Situations happen that taint your mind. I started going through the motions. I felt like people were judging me all the time.”
Justin added, “I came out alive. I came out swinging. But I was close to letting [fame] completely destroy me.”
— Pressparty (@Pressparty) November 6, 2015
Although the singer declined to offer details or specifics, the “Sorry” singer described his feelings during that dark time as “Empty. Lost. Like I didn’t know myself,” adding that he would often think “You’re not good enough. People hate you. You try too hard.”
Of Purpose, Bieber told the magazine, “F–k, I’m so nervous. It’s hard to make meaningful songs that make you want to dance because it can come off cheesy.”
He continued, “In the past I’ve recorded songs that I didn’t like, that I wouldn’t listen to, that the label was telling me to record. I’m self-expressing with this album — I can’t skip on the moments that were dark, the moments that were happy, the ex-girlfriend stuff.”
He adds, “It makes it real, rather than ‘Let’s call up Max Martin to write you a hit song.’ I want my music to be inspiring.”
During a guest appearance in July, Justin previously told Ryan Seacrest that he experienced anxiety and depression while making his new album.
— billboard (@billboard) November 5, 2015
[Images via Zoey Grossman for Billboard / Instagram]