Justin Bieber Unveils 'Purpose' Track List, So What Are The Songs About?
In another brilliant marketing move, Justin Bieber unveiled the Purpose track list on Wednesday afternoon by posting colorful murals of each song title on Instagram. The 21-year-old superstar recruited a bunch of talented graffiti artists to create the eye-catching displays, which are scattered across the globe in various undisclosed locations. (I imagine Beliebers will have a lot of fun trying to track them all down over the next few weeks.)
Here's the good news: The deluxe edition of Bieber's new album has a whopping 19 tracks. Whoa. He sure knows how to treat his fans right! Here's the bad news: Unfortunately, Wednesday's announcement confirmed that Drake isn't featured on Purpose . Tragic. However, Biebasaur was able to rope in a pretty impressive group of collaborators for the upcoming project, including rappers Nas, Travi$ Scott, and Big Sean, as well as up-and-coming pop singer Halsey. Fancy that!
Now, my friends, it's time to play one of my favorite games: guessing what each song is about based solely on its title and whatever weird hunch I happen to have at the time! I've been honing my psychic skills over the past several months by watching lots of old episodes of Medium starring Oscar winner Patricia Arquette, and I have a good feeling I'm going to nail my predictions this time around. Check them out below.
(Disclaimer: The following predictions are just for fun. Please, for the love of Biebs, don't take any of them seriously.)
#1. "Mark My Words"
Bieber seems hell-bent lately on proving that he's not actually the bratty, entitled gila monster in oversized basketball shorts he's led us to believe he is for the past several years. So, I think "Mark My Words" probably has something to do with that mission. "Look at what a kind, sensitive, and mature gazillionaire I am!" Bieber might sing on the track's first verse. "I'll make you love me, just wait and see!"
#2. "I'll Show You"
Again, the "Boyfriend" hit-maker seems desperate to prove himself. "Take that, everybody who said I was a passing fad! I'm still producing hits! My star will never fade!" — possible lyrics from "I'll Show You."
#3. "What Do You Mean?"
We've heard "What Do You Mean?" It's a banger. 'Nuff said.
We've heard "Sorry," too. It's also a banger. 'Nuff said.
#5. "Love Yourself"
Pitch Perfect 2 star Hailee Steinfeld made singing about masturbation cool again in 2015 with the premiere of her debut single, "Love Myself," and I have a feeling Bieber may have hopped on the self-love bandwagon. Either that, or "Love Yourself" is a straightforward empowerment anthem dedicated to his loyal fans... one of the two.
"Company" could easily become the new "squad," so I'm predicting this track is about Bieber's tight-knit group of celebrity "little rascals": Bieber is Spanky, Drake is Alfalfa, and Jayden Smith is Froggy. Obviously.
#7. "No Pressure" Feat. Big Sean
At first, I thought "No Pressure" might focus on the everyday pressures of living in the spotlight, but then that seemed too obvious. Now, I'm thinking the tune might detail a high-stakes game of Jenga between Bieber and Kanye West. (After all, we know the two stars logged some studio time together recently.)
#8. "No Sense" Feat. Travi$ Scott
I'm going to go with my gut here and guess that "No Sense" is about the multitude of bad decisions Bieber's made over the last several years, from reckless driving to crashing Drake Bell's album release party out of spite when he probably should've just kept on movin'.
#9. "The Feeling" Feat. Halsey
"The Feeling" likely describes the regret that washed over Bieber after he crashed Drake Bell's album release party out of spite when he probably should've just kept on movin'. (In the song, Halsey sings from the perspective of Drake Bell.)
#10. "Life Is Worth Living"
"Life Is Worth Living" could be a dramatic reading of an essay Bieber wrote for an upcoming Chicken Soup for the Pop Star's Soul book. It may or may not borrow heavily from an inspirational meme the singer saw his mom post on Facebook one time.
#11. "Where Are Ü Now" Feat. Jack Ü
We've heard "Where Are Ü Now." It is, unsurprisingly, a banger. 'Nuff said.
OK, "Children" is definitely about Bieber growing up in the public eye, right?
"Purpose" is no doubt about Bieber's newfound purpose in life. I don't claim to know what that is (my psychic powers are failing me here), but I can say with nearly 100-percent certainty that the song features a choir.
#14. "Been You"
Perhaps "Been You" is about Bieber's desire to assume Justin Timberlake's identity a la Tom Ripley from The Talented Mr. Ripley...
#15. "Get Used To Me"
A (presumably) unfinished version of "Get Used to Me" leaked online in September. It's not a banger exactly, but I still dig it.
#16. "We Are" Feat. Nas
If any song on Purpose is about Bieber's relationship with Selena Gomez, I suspect it's "We Are."
In "Trust," Bieber likely tells listeners that they can trust that he'll never do something stupid like crashing Drake Bell's album release party out of spite ever again. He's finally learned his lesson!
#18. "All In It"
Prediction: "All In It" samples "We're All In This Together" from High School Musical. Legendary triple threat Ashley Tisdale sings backup vocals on the track, which she hopes will revive her singing career. (Buy Headstrong on iTunes.)
#19. "What Do You Mean?" (Remix) Feat. Ariana Grande
This is gonna be good.
Purpose is available for pre-order now. The album hits retailers nationwide on Nov. 13.
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