The Biebs better stan for my gurls.At London’s Supper Club, The UK media had the first play of Bieber’s new Album which is heavily influenced by big production R&B with club songs. The best tracks ran old school soul jam & guitar-based solos.
Justin Bieber has recorded 40 songs for his new album. He’s says that he’s got something to prove with it and reckons people will be “blown away
The First track of his new album is called ‘Die In Your Arms’ it is a mid-tempo R&B ballad with an “old school vibe to it”
‘All Around The World’ is a serous club banger + the male equivalent of Britney’s Till The World Ends. Ludacris even features on it!!
Justin says track ‘Believe’ is “a song I wrote for my fans. The lyrics are about how they inspired me”. He said it means a lot to him
Believe lyrics: “Everything starts from something. Something would mean nothing”.
It has a gospel feel to it and Justin says it means a lot as he wrote it on his birthday.
Right Here which will feature Drake! Other album artists include Taylor Swift, Kayne, Diplo and Timberland
‘Thought Of You’ is a big pop number produced by Diplo. Lyrics “I’m in love with the thought of you and the things you do”.
‘Be Alright’ is simply Justin with a guitar + no production. He says “it sounds like a mix between Fergie + Jesus!” It’s rather a Cute ballad and is pefect for his fan base.
Justin wrote ‘Be Alright’ while on a plane to Indonesia last year and recorded it in a make-shift studio when he landed
Justin Bieber revealed he has written a song about his experience of being accused of getting that crazed girl preggers by Mariah Yeater.
‘As Long As You Love Me’ is also a massive club banger. It’s got tonnes of bass and serious epic. The song is Produced by Rodney Jerkins
Justin says that’s one of his fave songs on the album. He’ll have a rapper feature but wants to keep it a surprise for fans
Lyrics for As Long As You Love Me include: “You could be my Destiny’s Child”
Justin Bieber says he has no plans for a One Direction or The Wanted duet but he’s pleased to see other young people doing so well
When it comes to love Justin Bieber says he prefers to do stuff from the heart than just buy gifts from the store.
Justin Bieber revealed plans for world tour & said he’s a good boyfriend because he’s ‘honest & patient” with girlfriends
The ‘Baby’ star also talked about collaborations with Taylor Swift, Drake, Ludacris & another big named rapper who he wouldn’t reveal.
Justin’s new album Believe is out June 18.
1. TRACK NAME: Boyfriend
SOUND/VERDICT: This one has garnered the Justin Timberlake comparisons in terms of the sound and Bieber's falsetto singing (he reckons he actually sounds nothing like JT though). It's a super hot bassy R&B number that was created with Cooler-Than-Me crooner Mike Posner. It positively oozes swagger and has some whisper/rapping bits that we adore. But hey, you knew that already because it's his single that's out in the UK at the moment.
LYRICS: "If I was your boyfriend, never let you go / Keep you on my arm girl, you'd never be alone / I can be a gentleman, anything you want / If I was your boyfriend, I'd never let you go"
2. TRACK NAME: Die In Your Arms
JUSTIN SAID: This was created with Rodney Jerkins (a guy who's famed for making uber-brilliant R&B tunes with the likes of Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson and Destiny's Child) and is old-school and new-school at the same time.
SOUND/VERDICT: It's a mid/up-tempo R&B track with slight swing/pop vibes. It contains piano lines that are easy on the ear and parts that make you want to clap your hands and snap yo' fingers.
LYRICS: "I could just die in your arms / every time you touch me it just feels so right... so baby baby baby please don't stop girl..."
3. TRACK NAME: All Around the World
JUSTIN SAID: Just play it!
SOUND/VERDICT: The intro built up into an electronic club-tastic dancefloor-filler instrumental with a speaker-bumping bassline so grand and heavy it reaches a kind of Swedish-House-Mafia-level. Ludacris returns as a featured rapper.
LYRICS: "You're beautiful, you should know it... You're crazy girl, you should know it... Baby what are you doing, where you at... DJ bring that back / All around the world, I want to be loved."
4. TRACK NAME: Believe
JUSTIN SAID: "This is a track I wrote for my fans and is about how they inspired me. Listen to the words... It means a lot. I wrote it on my birthday - it was midnight in the studio and Scooter [his manager] wanted to sing happy birthday to me but I was like 'no, let me finish this song!'"
SOUND/VERDICT: Bordering into power-ballad territory, the album title track is very emotional lyrically and is accompanied by an epic piano line and even a gospel choir towards the end. We reckon it'll definitely become a favourite of die-hard Beliebers.
LYRICS: "There were nights when I doubted myself but you kept my heart from falling... Look at us now... Where would I be if you didn't believe."
5. TRACK NAME: Be Alright
JUSTIN SAID: He wrote this song on a plane, recorded it when he landed in Indonesia and filmed a little accompanying video on a beach in Bali.
SOUND/VERDICT: Changing up the pace completely, this track is just Justin and a guitar - chilled out, acoustic and minimal with a slightly deeper vocal.
LYRICS: "All alone in my room, waiting for your call... For you I'd walk a thousand miles... Through the long nights and bright lights... Don't you worry 'cause everything's gonna be alri-i-ight."
6. TRACK NAME: Right Here
JUSTIN SAID: "It's not finished but it sounds good". The final version will have Drake on it. It's produced by Hit-Boy (who produced In Paris by Kanye/Jay-Z).
SOUND/VERDICT: Justin sounded pretty Drake-like himself on this Drake-like track that funnily enough is gonna feature Drake. We only got to hear the first verse but it's a swaggerific slice of ballsy hip-hop-swaying R&B.
7. TRACK NAME: Thought Of You
JUSTIN SAID: It's one of his favourite tracks on the album.
SOUND/VERDICT: Listening to this track we thought 'this is some punchy, kooky but cool pop, a bit Diplo-like with its marching beat and all' and lo and behold afterwards we were told it's a Diplo production - massive win. Definitely reckon it's a contender for a single release (we'd decided this before Biebs said it was one of his favourites btw).
LYRICS: "Gonna take some time but I'll figure it out / Why should we fight the feeling... 'Cause I'm in love with the / [falsetto] Thought of you."
8. TRACK NAME: As Long As You Love Me
JUSTIN SAID: "This is a really good song!" There's a rapper that's supposed to feature on it but Justin didn't want to tell us as it wasn't confirmed and he wants to keep it a surprise for the fans when it comes out.
SOUND/VERDICT: Big and bassy with a slightly irregular beat, almost dubstep but not quite, the mid-section delves into fast clapping and winds up to big beats again before a sort of rap verse. Makes you want to nod your head to the beat. Made us think this is a Timbaland production.
LYRICS: "As long as you love me / we could be starving, we could be homeless / we could be broke... I'll be your platinum, I'll be your silver, I'll be your gold."
I can't at Bieber shading my country. Anyway, excited for the Diplo track too! "Changed Man" is one of Chris's best songs ever.Yesterday we went to have a listen to some of the new Justin Bieber album and this is what happened
The picture to your right isn’t the queue for a bank, but a line of journalists, industry types and someone from GMTV waiting in the rain to have a listen to some new Justin Bieber songs.
The excitement you can see is the promise of some Q&A ‘action’ with Justin himself. His presence meant there were about 40 fans lined up behind a railing, hurling questions at the journalists as they slowly filtered in.
At one point a girl of 16 yelled “tell Justin I’m legal”, while another one accosted the man in front of us and demanded he pass on her Twitter handle to Bieber. “He missed my 16th birthday,” she yelled.
Once all bags, phones, laptops, coats and following a thorough search dignity had been left in the cloakroom, we were ushered into a big white room with chairs, tables and free wine. Amazing.
Some of the fans from outside were allowed in to have a listen and got to stand at the back, while everyone else took a seat.
Our ‘compere’ for the evening was Reggie Yates, who bounded on stage with all the enthusiasm of someone who’d much rather be doing something else. He introduced Justin who looked rather dashing in a black and white baseball jacket. Justin talked to the “fans” for a bit and then we were ready. The lights dimmed, some new seriousface (he’s an adult now, etc etc) pictures of Justin were projected onto the wall behind him and Scooter Braun pressed play on his iTunes.
We made a lot of notes in our Justin Bieber ‘Believe’ branded notebook, but here are the key facts in list form.
Justin talked to Reggie throughout ‘Boyfriend’.
The first ‘proper’ new song we hear is called ‘Die In Your Arms’ and was produced by Rodney Jerkins. It’s a pretty ‘old skool’, low-slung affair, recalling early-90s R&B.
‘All Around The World’ is next but is preceded by an ear-perforating BOOM from the speaker that causes poor Scooter to jump out of his skin. The song starts properly and it’s Justin in the club, having a bit of a dance…”It sounds so bad,” Justin suddenly shouts. In real life. He demands that the sound is sorted out before we can continue.
Luckily Reggie’s quite good at filling. While the sound is sorted he and Justin chat about how the album is “more mature” and reflects how Justin wants to “grow with my audience”. He also reveals some of the people he’s collaborated with on the album: Taylor Swift, Ludacris, Drake, Kanye. Production wise there’s also HitBoy and Timbaland on there, as well as Diplo. Good old Diplo.
Reggie’s heard the Drake one and likes it as he’s “a big fan of hip-hop”. Good to know.
We’re back to listening to ‘All Around The World’. The sound is still awful. Luckily, the song is so good you don’t really notice. There’s an amazing bit where he sings “why are you being so shy, don’t do that, don’t do that” and the whole thing goes off. Justin’s having a bit of a chair dance at this point. There’s a mid-section breakdown bit which is also amazing – lots of squiggly synth noises and then Ludacris appears for a bit of a rap.
Justin likes that one. In fact, he’s quite a big fan of the whole album. “Everybody’s waiting for this album,” he says to Reggie.
We move onto ‘Believe’, the album’s title track. This one was written for ‘the fans’ and Justin implores us all to listen to the lyrics. Unfortunately the sound manages to turn Justin’s voice to mulch and all you can really make out is the bit where he sings “everything starts from something… Where would I be if you didn’t believe?” Which is nice. The song is a bit rubbish to be honest. It’s a mid-tempo, very earnest plodalong that features a ridiculous choir bit which even Michael Jackson might have said was “a bit on the choiry side”.
‘Believe’, the song, was written on Justin’s birthday.
Before the next song Reggie talks to Justin about the fact that he sounds a lot like Justin Timberlake on ‘Boyfriend’. Justin’s not happy about that to be honest. “My voice sounds nothing like Justin Timberlake, first of all,” he says. “He did a lot of falsetto, so that’s probably why.”
Next up is ‘Be Alright’, a song Justin wrote in “some random country” (it was Indonesia apparently). It’s just him and a guitar and to be honest it could have done with a donk or two being put on it. It’s a bit Jack Johnson, which is never a good thing. “All alone in my room waiting for the phone call to come through” is one of the lyrical gems and makes us think of Justin in his hotel waiting for an interview to be connected to his suite. At the end, apropos of nothing, Justin says that the song “sounds like a mix between Fergie and Jesus”. Blimey.
Reggie really wants Justin to talk about sex. “Are you going to talk about sex on the album?” he asks. “I’m going to talk about what I’m going through,” Justin replies, before turning bright red.
We then get to hear a bit of ‘Right Here’, which isn’t finished (Drake hasn’t sung on it yet). Again, it has a kind of laid-back, 90s feel, there are some ‘old skool’ vinyl scratches on it and it all sounds quite pleasant.
Next is a song that’s either called ‘Part Of You’ or ‘Proud Of You’. It’s produced by Diplo and is very good indeed. It’s preceded by some arguing between Justin and Scooter, which ends when Justin says “it’s finished bro”. Anyway, the song’s beat is made up of layers and layers of handclaps and strange screams which loop over and over, while Justin goes all falsetto again in the pre-chorus bit. It’s very Changed Man Chris Brown sounding and there’s a good bit where Justin sings “my heart’s so disappointed in me lately, I can’t help myself”. Again Justin’s having a bit of a dance in his chair. Reggie looks bored still.
The final song is ‘As Long As You Love Me’, which is another Rodney Jerkins-produced banger. We’re warned before it starts that it will “probably sound crap through these speakers”, and it sort of does unfortunately. Still, the song itself is amazing. Big, gloomy beats, a bit stompy and with big synth drops left right and centre, it’s anchored by a huge chorus that’s built around the song’s title being chopped up and distorted. “I’ll be your platinum, I’ll be your silver and gold” sings Justin as the beat goes off and everything goes a bit mental. Once it’s over Justin tells us that a famous rapper might be added to it to make it even more ridiculous. Hurrah.
There are a few set questions submitted by journalists for Reggie to read out. One is answered by Justin in a terrible English accent. Reggie’s very bored now. We learn that there’s a world tour planned, that music is a universal language and that the album “is going to inspire so many people to believe.”
And that’s it. Justin gets up to leave, shakes hands with some of the journalists and then signs autographs for the fans at the back.
The speakers let out one more massive BOOM by way of thanks.
On the whole, well done Justin.