Editors' Notes When Justin Bieber released his debut album My World 2.0 in 2010, he was a bashful 16 year old YouTuber with side-swept smack and youth idol magnetism. For a decade it has been. "I definitely grew up in front of the world," he tells Apple Music, which feels like an understatement when you consider how he has also helped shape it – crossing genres, boundaries and language barriers long before it became standard practice for modern pop. In early 201
The album is more than the end of an era – for Justin as a rebellious playboy and pop maximist – it also marks the beginning of a more focused, settled life. "Never thought I could ever be loyal to anyone but myself," he sings on the opener "All Around Me," a clear eye for dedication and luxurious comforts, backed by delicate strings (most of the album was produced by his longtime partner Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd). On the piano confirmation "Confirmation" he praises the importance of slowing down and being present: "So fast to move forward, no pressure / And we got the rest, got the rest, got the rest of our lives." Although there are occasional nods to his smooth R&B past (the bedroom cut "Yummy", the flirtatious "Intentions" with Quavo), the majority of the album is acoustic, romantic and spiritual.
It was not easy for the singer to regain her confidence and clarity. " I had a lot of fear to do, "he says." What should I talk about again? [How] will it be received? "A turning point came when he performed with Ariana Grande at the Coachella Music Festival in 2019 as her surprise guest." I saw how people reacted when I walked on stage. It gave me a boost of confidence and reminded me, 'Oh, this is what I do. This is what I'm good at. I don't have to step away from it.' But when something is difficult, it's almost like we need to run point to the pain and run towards the hurt instead of running away from it. That's when I think you get healing. "