- By KEN WERTHER
Justin Bieber recently released his sixth studio album, Justice. Four singles — “Holy,” “Lonely,” “Anyone,” and “Hold On,” had already reached the top 20 in the United States. The album’s fifth single “Peaches,” debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart becoming Bieber’s seventh number-one single in the US (and fourth to debut at number one). Justice debuted atop the charts of 10 countries! Writing about “Lonely,” Mikael Wood of the LA Times said, “This song! In language about as frank (and un-self-pitying) as any teen-pop survivor has ever deployed, “Lonely” nails the experience of finding yourself at the center of a heartthrob-industrial complex with little interest in your personal development. The tune is one of the finest vocal performances in Bieber’s career.” High praise indeed!
Describing the theme and emotions of Justice, Bieber said, “With so much wrong with our broken planet, we all crave healing and justice for humanity. In creating this album my goal was to make music that will provide comfort, songs that people can relate to and connect with so they feel less alone. Suffering, injustice, and pain can leave people feeling helpless. Music is a great way of reminding each other that we aren’t alone. This is me doing a small part. My part. I want to continue the conversation of what justice looks like so we can continue to heal.” I think we can all use a dose of this right around now.
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