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If you’re as big a fan of Justin Bieber as we are, then you know he’s definitely one of the most versatile artists out there. He has a knack for music, and it seems like he succeeds no matter the genre. As an artist who truly loves all forms of music and finds the art in it all, Justin has shown genuine appreciation for many genres and subgenres throughout his career. Along the way, he’s collaborated with other artists to make musical magic and given some a boost to a broader mainstream audience.
Now, Justin hopped on the ‘song of the summer’ with Wizkid and Tems. ‘Essence’ is Afropop excellence from an artist who is swiftly making a name for himself. The original version of the song has been climbing the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Global 200.
Wizkid’s Made in Lagos
Made in Lagos has also been a success on the World Albums chart and is now the longest-charting album by a Nigerian artist for the new decade. Made in Lagos features collaborations with artists like Burna Boy, H.E.R., Damian Marley, Skepta, Ella Mai, and Terri. On August 27, a deluxe version will be released. ‘Essence’ featuring Justin Bieber will be included, along with three additional new tracks. Make sure to preorder here to listen as soon as it drops!
‘Maria I’m Drunk’
Rewinding to 2015, Justin Bieber hopped on this iconic Travis Scott track and gave us a verse that still hits to this day. While Justin is known for his pop hits like ‘Baby’ and ‘Sorry,’ he was still able to slide into the trap vibe of ‘Maria I’m Drunk’ and make it seem effortless.
As a lifelong fan of R&B music, it seemed natural for Justin to venture into the genre. Over the years, he’s dipped his toes in here and there, but the most standout moment was definitely his fan-favorite album Journals in 2013. Later, he collaborated with Chance the Rapper on ‘Juke Jam.’ Most recently, he created a smash hit with the catchy, more mature ‘Peaches’ featuring Giveon and Daniel Caesar.
Four months before his long-awaited Changes album, Justin collaborated with country duo Dan + Shay for ‘10,000 Hours.’ The song won a Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance in 2021 and debuted at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video was also a sweet tribute to the wives of Justin, Dan, and Shay and featured Hailey Bieber.
Around Easter in 2021, Freedom was a surprise release from Justin. The EP is heavily gospel-inspired and featured Christian artist Chandler Moore, Tori Kelly, Pink Sweat$, Beam, and Justin’s pastor Judah Smith, among other guests. Since his faith is something that’s very important to him, it’s no surprise that he expressed it through music. And while many fans do not share the same beliefs as him, the songs were still embraced widely because of their honesty and how well done they are musically!
‘Where Are U Now’
Justin’s first venture into EDM was with this Skrillex and Diplo smash. ‘Where Are U Now’ began as a piano ballad written by Justin called ‘The Most’ and was transformed into the Grammy-winning ‘Where Are U Now’ for Skrillex and Diplo’s Jack U album. ‘Where Are U Now’ was the first taste of Justin’s highly anticipated Purpose album in 2015. From there, he was featured on EDM singles like ‘2U’ with David Guetta, ‘Friends’ with Bloodpop, ‘Let Me Love You’ with DJ Snake, and ‘Cold Water’ with Major Lazer.
In 2017, ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee was already a hit in the Latin music world. Then Justin Bieber heard it in a Colombian club during his South American tour, and the rest is history. He got in contact with Luis Fonsi, and the entire process took only six days. Justin sang in Spanish with the help of Colombian musician Juan Felipe Samper, and after practicing his pronunciation, recorded the song. The song’s remix helped it climb the charts in several countries, hitting number one around the world. Its reggaeton and Latin pop vibes made it an infectious hit that became the most viewed YouTube video with billions of views over three years.
Most recently, Justin collaborated twice with Australian artist The Kid LAROI. First was ‘Unstable,’ a song from Justin’s album Justice. Then in July, ‘Stay’ was released, grabbing the first number one for The Kid LAROI. ‘Stay’ is distinctively more in the vein of pop-rock than most songs Justin has created or featured on in the past, marking another new genre for him. Even still, he’s proven it doesn’t matter. When someone loves the craft of music, their passion shines through regardless of genre.
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