Throughout his many phases, the one thing that's remained constant is the music. If anything, the quality has exponentially increased. Love or hate him — and most people love him now — Bieber is a talented singer, songwriter, musician, and dancer. He's the total package, and his choice in collaborators is more than impressive.
Justin Bieber. Continuing down his road as a dance vocalist, Bieber pairs for the first time with French pop-crossover favorite David Guetta on "2U. It's romantic to a T, which made it a great choice to hire Victoria's Secret models to lip-sync the tune's teaser video.
The song charted in 42 countries, peaking at number 16 on the Hot , proving that wearing one's heart on one's sleeve, and bringing two forces of international pop stardom together, really is a recipe for musical success. It's percent his story.
Everyone is watching his every move. Everyone has an opinion, but at the end of the day, no one really knows the man behind the flashing lights. Bieber struggled through his later teen years to figure out the man he truly wished to be, and on this second track from 's Purpose, he finds the strength to say "go ahead, keep watching.
I've got this now. Jaden Smith. Will Smith is one of Bieber's ultimate mentors, so of course he and son Jaden Smith got together in the studio when young Smith's remake of Karate Kid needed a soundtrack. Big Sean. Who's ready for some Bieb-step? It's like dubstep, except it's Justin Bieber. You get it. This song tries to be a bit dark, but it's more pink sugar than it is black coffee.
It's still one of the highlights of any Justin Bieber set. The Big Sean feature isn't the rapper's best work, but it gives the song a bit of added bite, and who doesn't enjoy a few verses from Big Sean? You know why you can't help loving this Justin Bieber song? Because Usher wrote and produced it.
That and the angelic voice of year-old Bieber is sweeter than honey on vanilla ice cream. Nicki Minaj. The world waited with baited breath some of us, anyway for the juicy details, but in the end, it was just a ploy to drum up excitement for this Bieber video.
It is a good jam, though, and it represents Bieber's first strong step onto the dance floor. It's produced by Zedd and Max Martin, which explains that crunchy synth breakdown I love so much. It was originally written for someone else, but it was Bieber's idea to put Minaj on the track. Well done, sir. Love in the 21 st Century is hard. You want to get to know someone, but you have to keep a healthy distance.
It's the game we've created for ourselves, and though none of us really wants to play, them's the rules. Sunday slow jam me so hard with this song. This is some slinky, bluesy, babe magic.
Play this at my wedding, and then again at the honeymoon when no one is watching. Chance the Rapper. This was another one of those music videos that pulled Bieber into the world of awkward adult lust. These dance moves are too cute, as is our boy. That he teamed up with Chance the Rapper only solidified my strange, building love for the Biebs, and this was before Chance had the Kanye co-sign. Definitely some feel yourself music. This tune is energetic, playful, and very dance-oriented. It continues the Bieber narrative of wanting to keep in touch with an old flame.
We wonder who that could be. DJ Khaled has become one of the biggest success stories of the past decade. He's got the keys to success, and those keys all come bearing the names of the biggest stars in hip-hop and pop alike. This is one for the repeat button, for sure.
Justin Bieber is actually 16 on this song, though he looks and sounds like he could be At that tender teen age, he stole our hearts with a saccharine hook that actually really stands the test of time.
His childlike voice is so earnest and clear, and the fact that Ludacris co-signs a teenage heart throb is more than enough to tell you, this kid is up to something. First of all, this music video is freaking amazing. John Leguizamo is a national treasure. Bless him for co-starring in this totally insane clip. Why does Bieber think faking an attempt to kidnap is a good date idea?
As if falling into a skate park rave makes the trauma go away. He's back in the studio with Skrillex and Diplo on this cut, which is turns out was not a solitary experience in any way imaginable. Skrillex is all over the Purpose album, and this is one of the best take-aways. Bieber's third phase career as one of the leading dance music vocalists continues to amaze. It's got a bit of that dancehall flavor Major Lazer is known for, but it's still one of the poppiest works from the trio to date.
Put this tune on when you've got a friend who needs a life saver and a night on the dance floor. Once Bieber found such success with Skrillex and Diplo, the dance producer flood gates were opened. We can't help thinking Bieber had a huge part in the song's success, because, well, he always does, right?
It marks the first, and so-far only, time Bieber has sung in Spanish. It's also the first primarily Spanish-language song to top the chart since 's "Macarena. First of all, opening your track by berating someone for using your name to get into clubs is a clutch superstar move. Also, a chorus all about how your mom likes everyone except your ex is absolutely brilliant. We've got to give a nod to Ed Sheeran to the songwriting assist, but we are pretty sure we here honest Bieber all over this.
It's an overly-simple tune, mostly just Bieber and an acoustic guitar with a bit of trumpet thrown in for good measure. It's incredibly raw, when you think about it, but it plays like a celebratory pop anthem. It's quite vulnerable for mainstream radio, and Bieber pulls it off with grace and the gusto of a man who knows exactly what he's doing. The Bieb's big reinvention LP Purpose is, at its core, all about forgiveness. We as fans needed to forgive him for that weird period where everyone decided he was the worst — or the best, depending on how you feel about young, famous tricksters.
He needed to forgive himself for making an ass of himself publicly, and of course, there's the whole romantic notion of Bieber apologizing to the women cough Selena Gomez cough he may have hurt along the road to maturity. Thinly veiled as an amorous apology, he's just laying it all out over an infectious rhythm with a hook that can't be denied. Oh Justin, when you come into the room looking like this and singing like that, we just can't help but forgive you.
I once saw Bieber's famous manager Scooter Braun give a talk at P. Diddy's Revolt Music Conference, and he said the moment he knew they had won the Bieber reinvention campaign was when he took the stage at Ultra Music Festival Miami with Skrillex and Diplo, and nobody boo'd. It's more grown-up, but it's still got that sheen of candy-colored fantasy. The pitched-up vocal line in the hook is instantly recognizable and was certainly a game changer in the pop and dance production world at the time. The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.
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