It has been two whole months since Justin Bieber released his sixth studio album, Justice, but it is still fresh as fodder! Amassing over 1 billion streams post-release within just 41 days, Justice was welcomed wholeheartedly by Beliebers and locals alike. And while it refuses to step down from the charts and continues to smash records left and right today, he had a special purpose behind crafting this record and a thundering message to impart that made us believe it is indeed his best album yet!
The Beginning of An Era
After a five-year-long break, the beginning of 2020 marked a massive comeback for Justin. A humungous platter of an album, a world tour, and a docu-series.
With Justin Bieber: Seasons, he invited us all to an intimate look at the last two years of his life. All of us saw his struggles with anxiety and mental health. We got a look at his drug history, why he had to rely on them for quite some time, and the darker moments that encouraged him to quit. We also saw him deal with Lyme disease and how it affected his physical and mental health. But most importantly, we witnessed his strength and determination to tackle the daily battles he is still fighting, alongside his most supportive wife, Hailey Bieber, his closest friends, and his faith in God. Little did we know, all of these experiences were setting the foundation for two of his most beautiful projects – Changes and Justice.
While Changes took after his fan-favorite R&B compilation Journals, Justice followed the footsteps of Purpose, the 2015 Grammy-nominated mega-hit. Of late, Beliebers and critics have considered Purpose to be Justin Bieber’s best album. And yet, it took mere hours for Justice to top charts and win hearts from every corner, including ours!
.@justinbieber's "Justice" becomes the very first album released in 2021 to surpass over 2.1 BILLION streams on Spotify.— Justin Bieber Analytics (@JDBAnalytics) May 10, 2021
The Dawn Of Justice
Months before Bieber released the album, the world was fighting an obnoxious pandemic, struggling with deteriorating mental health, continued racial injustices, gender discrimination, and so much more. He felt an urgent need to get vocal on the subject and do his part to help.
My objective in making this album was to provide comfort to the listener […] I know a lot of people have been isolated, but music is an outlet to bring people together. I named it Justice because there’s so much injustice in this world and there has been since the beginning of time […] My name [Justin] means justice, so there’s that. I am honored to play a small part and be able to make music that inspires and can uplift people in this time.Justin Bieber via Vogue.
As music lovers, we have always resonated with the idea of music being therapeutic, as Justin pointed out. And so, while we collectively faced the ‘injustices’ in the world, this Justin Bieber album spoke loud and clear, to us, to Beliebers, and people all over the world!
The Album Spoke Of “Injustices”
The music video for ‘Holy’ touched on the idea of loss of jobs worldwide due to the pandemic. It also talked of undying support from a loved one and strangers during the time, being the light at the end of the tunnel. ‘Somebody’ explored the blessing of having a special someone who sticks with you through thick and thin! We saw a perfect blend of thought-provokers and love songs for his wife on this album.
The music video for ‘Hold On’ also reflected on the injustices prevalent in the healthcare department and the struggles a lower-middle-class person had to go through, to make up for the bills. It also sent out a resoundingly positive message of “holding on” and being strong in times of sickness and despair.
Justice Addressed BLM And Mental Health
‘Die For You’ opened with part of a speech that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr had delivered at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, where he had said, “If you have never found something so dear and so precious to you that you will die for it, then you are not fit to live.” With this song on the album, Justin sought to amplify that message to the new generation.
The album also pondered over the loss of loved ones and relationships through the track, ‘Ghost’. The line “If I can’t get close to you, I’ll settle for the ghost of you,” hits hard! This aligns with the quarantine situation when we’re not relating and connecting in the same way. We are only really left with memories, especially when we lose a loved one.
Through ‘As I Am’ and ‘Unstable’, the album also talked about mental health issues. And how the support of a loved one during a time when we forget to “love ourselves” helps. The tracks reminded us of his struggles with drugs and anxiety. They truly were an ode to his wife for offering him “peace of mind when he was broken in pieces”.
Champion Of Our Music Universe
Justin also gave back to multiple charities to support some causes that put justice into action! Read all about that here.
An absolute ruler of the charts and a great album musically. Justice has also been such a relatable record lyrically. And for us fans who have grown up and evolved with him, gone through the same few struggles, and derived inspiration from his lyrics, it has been another comfort album that has given us perspective, brought some of the major injustices to light, and helped us find solace in these tough times. So, thank you for this masterpiece, Justin! And hands down, Justice remains the undeniable champion of our music universe!
Is Justice your favorite Justin Bieber album yet? Which song do you relate to the most? Are you excited to grab tickets for the Justice World Tour? Share your thoughts in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP!
Featured Image Source: Rory Kramer for Justice Album Cover Shoot via Twitter.