Reggie Yates, a UK radio and television broadcaster hosted a playback event at London’s Supper Club on April 23 to hear Justin Bieber‘s album Believe, which is set to be released on June 19. This album is said to be different from his others as it will have more of an R&B sound to it. Over forty songs were recorded, and out of those forty – only eleven songs have been confirmed on the album already.
At this playback event, Bieber revealed he wrote a song about Mariah Yeater’s baby scandal. He also stated that the song “Believe” was written for the fans and he has another song written for his mother. He also talked about collaborating with Taylor Swift, Drake, Ludacris, Rodney Jerkins, Timbaland, Kanye West, Nasri and Hit-Boy. Bieber admitted: “I’m just gonna talk about things I’m going through… sex and everything!”
Justin played eight songs in total. 7 were titled: “Die In Your Arms”, “All Around The World”, “Believe”, “Be Alright”, “Right Here”, “Proud of You” and “As Long As You Love Me”. Bieber performed “Be Alright” while he was here in Toronto over the Christmas holidays for his “Home for the Holidays” special this past December. He confirmed it is on the album as it is one of his favourite songs he has recorded.
1. TRACK NAME: Boyfriend
SOUND/VERDICT: This one has garnered the Justin Timberlake comparisons in terms of the sound and Bieber’s falsetto singing. 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 (the man behind the 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 “Ni**as In Paris” by Kanye and Jay-Z).
SOUND/VERDICT: Justin sounded pretty Drake-like himself on this 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.
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.”
Don’t forget to mark down May 2nd on your calendars for the “Boyfriend” music video!