Selena who? Justin Bieber came, sang, danced, and thrilled thousands when he performed at Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball in London, England over the weekend. He even got shirtless at one point.
While the rumor mill, Jelena devotees, and some One Direction fans ponder the pop icon’s love life and Instagram goings on, the Biebs kept it all about the music as he powered through old and new hits from his smash Purpose album at the 02 Arena on Sunday, December 6.
The 21-year-old joined an array of big artists for the final day of the annual two-day ball including Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Nick Jonas, Charlie Puth, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Vamps, Little Mix, Sigma, and more.
Clad in a baby pink hoodie, army camouflage baseball cap, black t-shirt, teamed with black pants, Justin kicked off his headline set with his collaborative Jack U banger “Where Are U Now?” Footage shows the 16,000-strong 02 audience going wild for the superstar, especially when he and the male dancers broke into the familiar, iconic dance sequence.
“What a beautiful crowd we have tonight. Everyone give it up for the other artists tonight, give it up for Capital,” Justin enthused to the screaming crowd, Capital FM reports.
The Canadian star delivered a dynamic, energetic seven-song set, during which he whipped the audience up and interacted with fans.
Bieber delighted the crowd with favorites such as 2012’s “Boyfriend” and “As Long As You Love Me,” and the newer guitar-backed “Love Yourself,” which was co-written with British artist Ed Sheeran.
The crowd sang along to every word of the latter, which is not thought to refer to the Biebs’ ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez. Last month, the heartthrob revealed to daytime TV comedienne-host Ellen DeGeneres that the actress-singer inspired three songs on Purpose. Namely, “Mark My Words,” Sorry,” and “What Do You Mean?”
Watch the acoustic moment below.
At one point, Justin spoke to the audience about the meaning of his album title. He asked, “You guys got ‘Purpose’?”
He went on, “First of all I just want to say, it’s been a long few year’s for me just growing as a person, it’s our job to build up a new generation of people that are going to stand for something and people that are going to be the best version of themselves.”
The singer continued, “I would encourage you guys to find your purpose and focus on your purpose. And the reason why I named my album this… wasn’t for no reason. This was truly to try to use my platform to tell people, you know what I feel like I lost my purpose… and I feel like I found my purpose again” [sic].
The Cody Simpson duet “Home To Mama” followed. Without Simpson, of course. The Biebs then segued into the sexy slow jam “Hold Tight” from his 2013 Journals collection.
The young hitmaker picked up the pace with his juggernaut Purpose lead single “What Do You Mean?“
The closing honor went to “Sorry.” For which, Justin got shirtless.
The island-flavored song is currently No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and No. 2 on the U.K.’s official singles chart.
Post-show, Justin shared two shots of himself performing at the Jingle Ball on his Instagram account.
“Me and Dan compelled by the music,” he wrote alongside a photo taken with guitarist, Dan Kanter. He also tweeted thanks to Capital FM and London.
At Saturday’s show, artists included Coldplay, Jason Derulo, Tinie Tempah, the 2014 Brit X Factor runner-up, Fleur East, Jess Glynne, Katy B, and David Guetta.
In other Bieber news, the singer is set to perform an acoustic benefit concert in his Stratford hometown on Monday with his ongoing “An Evening With Justin Bieber” event. Around 1,500 people will attend and it will be livestreamed. All the proceeds will go to the Stratford House of Blessing, which provides clothing, food, and a range of resources to low income families and individuals in the area.
Justin and his mother, Pattie Mallette, have a special connection to the charity. They used its services in the early days before fame came knocking for the 12-year-old.
Monday may also bring anticipated news of a Grammy nomination in the 58th ceremony for two Biebs-centric songs — “Where Are U Now?” and “What Do You Mean?” Both tracks were submitted into multiple categories.
That sound? Anticipation.
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