From the Beatles to Bowie to Madonna, metamorphosis has been an assumed component of pop stardom for decades, and the ability to transcend easy categorization has often been key to such artists’ success. So at a time when the speed of life is accelerating at an alarming rate, in a society where breaking down binaries … More »
The big news in pop music this week was supposed to be the triumphant return of Justin Bieber. Immediately the new year, timed so that it would hit just after all the Christmas music left the charts, Bieber released his new solo single “Yummy,” a quasi-R&B song about horny marital bliss. Bieber has … More »
Rare is an accurate title for a Selena Gomez album. Gomez, the former Disney Channel teen actress turned pop superstar and tabloid fixation, is part of the class of big-time pop singers who haven’t released a full-length project since the middle of last decade — a group that includes Adele, Rihanna, and her former boyfriends … More »
Justin Bieber has opened up about his recent health issues. In a post on Instagram, the singer reveals that he was diagnosed with Lyme disease and “a serious case of chronic mono which affected my skin, brain function, energy, and overall health.” As he explains further: … More »
Yesterday, Justin Bieber returned with the new single “Yummy,” his first solo song in over four years. And today, it has a music video. Directed by Bardia Zeinali, who’s previously helmed videos for the likes of Ariana Grande, Carly Rae Jepsen, and More »
It’s official: The Biebs is back. As “Yummy,” the vocalist’s first original single since 2015’s Purpose exemplifies, Justin Bieber is appealing to similarly aligned pop palettes that he was five years prior. A mid-tempo flex of Bieber’s vocal silk, “Yummy” meshes Bieber’s established pop expertise with R&B inflection, and, as those initiated will note, sonically resembles Purpose staple offering, “Company.”
If “Company” showed Bieber’s possession of a certain sleek R&B sensibility, then “Yummy” is Bieber’s more frontal assertion of the same nature, with its verses as stark examples. Bieber’s alto approach has a distinctive R&B tint on “Yummy,” but beyond that, his lyrical delivery is poised, even calculated. The artist has enjoyed an extended hiatus from original productions, but one wouldn’t know it from “Yummy,” a release that finds Bieber playing to his commercial strengths with familiar ease.
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It’s been just over four years since Justin Bieber’s last album, Purpose. And while he’s never been all that far from the spotlight — from “Despacito” to getting married and the attendant fake pregnancy joke controversies to announcing a new deodorant to a plot-twist Tool feud to … More »
Fans will get an unprecedentedly intimate look at Justin Bieber‘s life via the launch of Seasons, a ten episode docuseries that will debut Jan.27 at 12 p.m. ET on YouTube. The trailer for Seasons picks up at the pivotal time that Bieber left off in 2017: the cancellation of a series of live dates for the tour in support of his 2015 LP, Purpose.
“Do you want to start by talking about the last few years?” the Seasons videographer asks, to which Bieber responds with a weighty, reflective “wow.”
Like the trailer, Seasons features insight from Bieber’s team members and close friends. It will also offer viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the private moments that have defined Bieber’s life offstage in recent years, such as the vocalist’s marriage to Hailey Bieber.
When I was getting started, YouTube provided me a platform and a community where I could share music, experiences, and moments with my fans.
It feels great to partner with YouTube for this original documentary series. I want my fans to be part of this journey.”
The trailer additionally includes a brief snippet of Bieber’s next single, “Yummy,” due Jan. 3. The short preview suggests that, stylistically, “Yummy” will blur the lines between R&B and pop, a design not unfamiliar to Bieber. The release of the Seasons trailer follows Bieber’s announcement that his next LP will arrive in 2020 along with a supporting tour.
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The #1 song in America this week was released more than 25 years ago. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is often deemed the most recent tune to become a holiday standard, but for reasons mostly related to business, technology, and Billboard chart rules, it was not a Hot 100 … More »