Now that millions have realized Justin Bieber’s new music is terrific following the release of his Purpose album, recent converts may be wondering if the superstar’s back catalog is worth a listen.
On Wednesday, the superstar tweeted “Coming February 12th,” alongside a photograph of most of his discography — his 2009 debut EP My World, 2010’s My World 2.0, 2012’s Believe, and 2013’s low-fi digital compilation collection Journals.
The vinyl issues can be pre-ordered now.
— Def Jam Recordings (@DefJamRecords) December 24, 2015
Bieber’s Journals marked the Canadian’s first totally R&B album without pop concessions. Co-written mostly with the singer’s main co-writer Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, 10 Journals singles were rolled out iTunes in a “Music Mondays” drive from October 2013. The 15-track collection was released in December 2013.
Although the mainstream press thumbed its nose at Bieber’s exploration of left-field production married to confessional lyrics and the non-pop-centric melodies of Journals, the project picked up word-of-mouth support among R&B and soul music lovers, as well as a few music critics.
For those unfamiliar with Journals, head to Idolator and click the link in the tweet below.
— idolator (@idolator) December 23, 2015
Apart from the usual gossip press chatter that comes with being one of the biggest male superstars on the planet, most of the Bieber conversation during this last quarter has been about Purpose. The album was released on November 13 to mostly critical acclaim, with 649,000 combined album equivalent units in its first week.
The 21-year-old has broken multiple records on the charts and Spotify with Purpose and its singles. One of these was breaking a Billboard 100 record previously held by Drake and The Beatles, when 17 songs from Bieber’s albums entered the singles chart simultaneously. Bieber surpassed the 14 each that the Beatles logged back in April 1964 and Drake managed in March and October this year in two separate weeks.
Purpose went on to sell over one millions records in the U.S. and is just the third album in 2015 to do so, according to Nielsen Music. It has now sold over two million units worldwide.
WW sales: @justinbieber, Purpose 366,000 (2,214,000 total).
— Chart News (@chartnews) December 23, 2015
Of the singles, “What Do You Mean?” is double platinum in the U.S., while “Sorry” is platinum. Similar certifications have followed in countries around the world.
With three singles currently charting in the top five (“Sorry,” “Love Yourself,” and “What Do You Mean?“) on Billboard’s Hot 100 and the U.K.’s Official Top 40 Singles Chart, Bieber has set a new record as the only artist in history to have a trio of top fives in both charts at the same time.
— Inquisitr Showbiz (@IQShowbiz) December 19, 2015
Meanwhile, Justin’s “Sorry” has finally dethroned Adele’s long-player “Hello” from Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, after sitting at No. 2 for weeks. The island-flavored jam also hit No. 1 on Pop Radio at Mediabase. In response, the Biebs took to Instagram to post a screenshot of Billboard’s article on the subject, along with the caption, “Damn never would I have thought this.”
While we await Bieber’s vinyl trip down memory lane next year, the heartthrob and his manager, Scooter Braun, took a real life journey back to yesteryear when the Biebs performed at Power 96.1’s Jingle Ball in Atlanta last weekend.
As Beliebers and anyone interested in the Bieber’s iconic story are aware, Atlanta is where the then-13-year-old singer moved in 2007 with his mother, Pattie Mallette, to begin his professional life under the guidance of Braun and Usher.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) December 7, 2015
It’s been a bumpy, fast-paced ride. But, Bieber will leave 2015 and enter 2016 in the strongest musical — and hopefully personal — shape of his life and career to date.
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