Justin Bieber’s unequivocally successful comeback last year didn’t just peak with the release of his album Purpose.
The 21-year-old superstar will also be supporting his album with his so-named Purpose World Tour. The trek kicks off in Seattle, Washington, on March 9. If you’re one of the millions who contribute to the mega-high streaming figures the album is generating, you’ll know that the Biebs’ redemption arc is a big theme on the record and speaks to the troubles he experienced during 2013-204.
And according to TMZ, who seem to have the inside track on Bieber’s upcoming Purpose World Tour, the concerts will more than nod to that journey with spectacular visual production set-pieces and more.
The celebrity gossip website claims Bieber’s concerts will showcase an “intense visual display that uses clouds and storms as a metaphor for the mistakes he’s made along the way… all as Justin falls from the sky” and cover subjects such as being targeted by the media, former girlfriends, and rising from his fall. The site added these details are not “set in stone.”
Apparently, the working concept of the opening part of the show will feature images of the young singer falling through a “dark, clouded atmosphere” on a large projection screen. Further drama may be added with the sound of Justin “screaming, reaching and possibly passing through barriers as he descends into the dark unknown.”
In addition, a playback of Justin describing his missteps and journey may segue into some representation of the singer having an epiphany, “which reverses his trajectory and he flies gracefully and slowly toward the heavens,” before making his entrance.
Meanwhile, the Biebs surprised fans this past weekend when he unveiled his new purple ombre hair ‘do and ever-revealing selfies. On Friday, hours before his appointment with bleach, the heartthrob shared a nearly nude pic of himself wearing only a pair of white Calvins, while lying on a bed.
Justin’s note reads, “Sweet dreams.”
Later that day, the star posed for two selfies leaning on Brit racing champion Lewis Hamilton’s LaFerrari.
The next day, the “Sorry” singer shared two locker room photos which showed him naked except for a very long towel. The hitmaker’s first snap was captioned, “Back in the gym.”
Fast forward to Monday, while browsing about Beverly Hills, the Biebs looked delighted when he met the comedian Adam Sandler by chance.
Shortly after, the singer shared an Instagram clip of himself shaking hands and having a quick exchange with Adam, who was out strolling with his 7-year-old daughter, Sunny.
“Totally did not plan getting that on video.!!!” Bieber wrote alongside his Instavid. “Super random. Adam sander living legend.”
On Monday, the superstar shocked and delighted fans by sharing three snippets of the same track on Instagram. The 21-year-old isn’t seen in the studio-set videos, but his smooth, breathy vocals are heard on playback.
Bieber’s surprise is the second tease of new music from the Canadian besides his Purpose releases. The singer also dropped a pop/R&B track titled “I’ll Be There” at his YouTube account last week, which is said to be a song that didn’t make the cut for Purpose. The track was later removed on copyright grounds.
First impression of the latest snippet? The mid-tempo wouldn’t be out of place on the deluxe edition of Bieber’s Purpose LP. The track is suffused with a mellow, R&B-leaning flavor, brought to life by rhythmic guitar and a lean, syncopated beat. Lyrically, the terrain is introspective and autobiographical, including big themes such as God, life lessons, and transformation.
“Open your mind/ Wider than the ocean / Life is but a moment / And every single time you want to give up / Hold on tight to what you love and don’t let go,” Bieber sings in the first clip.
However, in the snippets that followed, it becomes clear the “Sorry” singer he is talking about something bigger than hormonal or romantic love.
In the next video, Justin sings of the healing power of redemption, “And every single time you want to pray / Pray for your trouble / Take a breath / Every step / Let it wash away / Oh wash away.”
And it’s in the last clip that the Biebs opens up about becoming disillusioned and also damaged after entering the music industry “game” as a teen before describing the process of changing through faith and learning lessons to find his own identity.
“21-years-ago / It’s never ever been the same / I know in life I never wanted to play the game,” he admits.
A reference to Justin’s longstanding music hero — the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson — comes in the next lengthy line.
“I’m not the same as Michael even though he hall of fame / I’m all hall of faith / put me on the wall of change,” Bieber sings, adding, “Got a couple of things I learned along the way / figured out how to mean what I say / I just got to be me.”
Perhaps Bieber will include the full version of these snippets during his Purpose World Tour concerts?
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