Justin Bieber Finds His ‘Purpose’ with Latest Album
Justin Bieber’s fourth studio album, Purpose, was released in early November and has certainly revived the “Bieber fever”. Proving to be a musical comeback for Bieber since the release of his not-so-critically acclaimed 2013 album Journals, Purpose has topped the UK single charts with “Sorry” and subsequently, breaking a chart record for the most songs within the top 40. Bieber also broke the record for the most streams of an album in one week in the United States and internationally in Spotify. According to Forbes, the album was streamed 77 million times in the United States, and 205 million times worldwide.
Although Bieber certainly has a loyal fanbase, the popularity of Purpose may stem from its refreshing musical tonality; as it strongly deviates from the vibes of his previous albums and provides an introspective look at Bieber’s vulnerability, personal growth and spirituality. With early released singles such as “Where Are Ü Now”, “What Do You Mean?”, and “Sorry” referencing the tumultuous turns of love and relationships, other songs on the album strongly allude to his faith in Jesus Christ; subsequently providing a light syncretism of mainstream pop and Christianity embedded within the album.
Songs such as “Life is Worth Living” and “Purpose” are strong examples of this faith-based, musical fusion. In “Life is Worth Living”, Bieber bellows an inspirational, hope-filled anthem on the importance of living life, hope, forgiveness and overcoming doubt in the midst of darkness:
“Life is worth living,
Life is worth living, so live another day
The meaning of forgiveness,
People make mistakes, doesn’t mean you have to give in
Life is worth living again.”
The title track, Purpose, however, provides a more resounding spiritual citation to Bieber’s faith, as he professes that it is in God that he has finally found his purpose:
“I put my heart into your hands,
Here’s my soul to keep
I let you in with all that I can
You’re not hard to reach
And you bless me with the best gift
That I’ve ever known
You give me purpose
Yeah, you’ve given me purpose.”
Overall, Purpose lets ‘Beliebers’ see a whole new side of Bieber and also that they too, can believe and see the God that he professes to serve.
PURPOSE is available now via all digital distributors!