5 things to know about Justin Bieber’s new album Justice
Justin Bieber dropped his sixth studio album, Justice, on March 19 with the intentions of emphasizing “the conversation of what justice looks like so we can continue to heal."
Justice, which features collabs from artists like Chance The Rapper, Benny Blanco and Khalid, is already topping the charts, by impressively owning the entire Top 7 on Spotify.
So whether you've been blasting the Biebs since elementary school, or you're just now becoming a fan, here are five things to know about Justin Bieber's new album, Justice.
Bieber is using Justice to support global movements for justice
When Bieber announced the release of Justice, he included a list of organizations he is supporting in honor of the album. Bieber included a resource link in the album release tweet with a list of ways his fans can get involved and "embody what justice looks like in action."
Justice begins with an audio track of Martin Luther King Jr. saying, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." This introductory clip is later followed by a track titled "MLK Interlude," which is a nearly two-minute-long excerpt from one of Dr. King's sermons from 1967 titled “But If Not.”
While some listeners have criticized Bieber's decision to incorporate Dr. King in an album that predominantly focuses on his mental health and love life, others have lauded the singer for speaking up for an important cause. Bernice King, Dr. King's daughter, even shouted out Bieber's new album in a Tweet.
Each of us, including artists and entertainers, can do something.— Be A King (@BerniceKing) March 18, 2021
Thank you, @justinbieber, for your support, in honor of #Justice, of @TheKingCenter’s work and of our #BeLove campaign, which is a part of our global movement for justice. #MLK #EndRacism https://t.co/nTkR1XdcvW
Bieber features *all* of your fave artists in songs on Justice
Obsessed with Chance the Rapper and Khalid? Then you're in luck, because they are just two of the phenomenal artists featured on Bieber's latest album. Want a list of all the incredible features on Justice? Look no further.
As I Am (feat. Khalid)
Holy (feat. Chance the Rapper)
Unstable (feat. The Kid LAROI)
Die For You (feat. Dominic Fike)
Peaches (feat. Daniel Caesar & GIVĒON)
Love You Different (feat. Beam)
Loved By You (feat. Burna Boy)
Justice was written while Bieber was in quarantine
The majority of the songs on Justice were written while Bieber was in lockdown during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. In the album notes, the editor wrote that during quarantine, Bieber "embraced the relative quiet: He got rid of his cell phone, dedicated himself to therapy, and cut off work at 6 pm each night to hang out with his wife Hailey." Bieber's experiences in lockdown provoked transformative, philosophical thoughts that ultimately led to the creation of Justice.
His wife was the inspiration behind many songs
The time that Bieber spent with Hailey during lockdown must have been influential on his songwriting, as most of Justice is about his marriage. With heartfelt lyrics like "Through everything, you've been my rock/I think you're the only thing I didn't get wrong," and "I still relive the second I met my biggest blessing," it's safe to say that Bieber is still smitten with his new wife.
It took a while to capture the perfect album cover
In January, Bieber's photographer took roughly 3,500 photos at three different locations across Los Angeles. The photo that Bieber ultimately selected was one of the last photos taken. The image was captured at the third shoot, in Downtown L.A.’s 2nd Street Tunnel. Bieber's photographer said that, upon seeing the image for the first time, Bieber ran around the room shouting, “This is it! This is the cover!”
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