AFTER a couple of years without releasing an album, Justin Bieber has released his fourth studio album ‘Purpose’, Quays News entertainment reporter Phoebe Jobling has had a listen…

After his dramatic couple of years in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, Bieber has returned from his well needed break with a new attitude and a new album. The 21-year-old Canadian popstar caused his fans to hyperventilate after announcing a six-week countdown to his long awaited, fourth studio album Purpose, which was released on November 13. Each track is written and is a way of expressing the rollercoaster of a journey that he’s been on within the past few years.

Purpose is said to be the popstar’s best album yet and it’s been a long time coming since the release of his previous album Believe back in 2012. The album has a total of 13 songs and the deluxe edition features five additional tracks. For the Purpose album release week, Justin appeared on The Ellen Show every day for a special week dedicated to him called “Bieber Week”, where he promoted his album through exclusive interviews, meeting super fans and performing his new songs for the first time in an outdoor concert! During an interview, Justin revealed to Ellen Degeneres that the songs What Do You Mean, Sorry and Mark My Words are all related to his relationship with his first love, Selena Gomez.

During the lead up to the album launch, three of the songs were gradually released which built up the excitement for Bieber’s new and reformed sound. The upbeat and catchy Where Are Ü Now produced by the American DJ duo, Skrillex and Diplo became a huge hit earlier this year and attracted a lot of attention as a track that’s totally different to anything we’ve ever heard Bieber on before. On August 28, the album’s lead single What Do You Mean? was released after heavy promotion from many celebrities who helped Bieber by taking to social media and posting pictures holding a sign to countdown to the release day.

What Do You Mean? was iTunes no.1 song in 90 different countries and debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Sorry was the third single to be released before the album launch and continued to show Bieber’s uplifting and positive energy as a song that’s sure to get everyone dancing along when Bieber performs it. This single was released on October 23 accompanied by a spectacular dance music video which hit 10 million views in just 24 hours.

The first track on the Purpose album is named Mark My Words and is stripped back with a calmer and cooling tempo in comparison to the songs we’ve previously heard from the album. The song shows off Justin’s spectacular range as it begins with a stunning falsetto which is continued throughout whilst delivering his meaningful lyrics. The second track I’ll Show You was released with a breath-taking music video which shows Justin exploring the beautiful scenes of Iceland. This song is iconic for Purpose as Bieber sings about what it’s been like to be in the public eye since a very young age and how he wants to show the world that he has become a better person.

Justin brought along a few famous faces to accompany him on his tracks from the album which include the likes of Ed Sheeran, Big Sean and Halsey. Love Yourself featuring Sheeran is noted as one of Bieber’s most popular songs from the album and has become a radio favourite with its intimate, acoustic feel. No Pressure continues the cool vibe as it includes a rap section by Big Sean and Halsey’s voice featured on The Feeling runs smoothly in harmony with Bieber.

But the best track of them all is the last single – title track Purpose, which is an emotional expression of what and who has driven Justin’s determination and success. With the background music of just a piano, the song emphasises the new maturity and strength of Justin’s voice.

The pop star most recently announced American dates for his much anticipated world tour which is expected to hit the UK sometime later on in 2016. It looks like Bieber is back in the game!

By: Phoebe Jobling

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