by Justin Bieber


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Across only three days of December 2013, Journals was released, Justin Bieber announced his retirement -- surprise! -- and Justin Bieber's Believe opened in theaters. Journals, an unpromoted collection heavy on R&B-oriented ballads, arrived in a dead zone for new releases -- not that last-minute holiday shoppers could have stuffed stockings with it anyway, as no physical edition was available. Many of its songs appeared on the Billboard Hot 100, but only two of them remained for a second week. In another odd twist, perhaps an act of sabotage or one of confused mercy, the album was not submitted for sales tracking, so it did not appear on the Billboard 200, where it would have presumably landed in a low slot. As for the film, that grossed barely two-million on its opening weekend. The entertainer's career was in a bizarre state. Roughly a year later, Skrillex and Diplo resuscitated a vulnerable piano ballad Bieber handed them and applied it to a wobbly dance-pop production. That song, "Where Are Ü Now," reached the Top Ten in the singer's native Canada, the U.S., and several other territories. By the end of 2015, Bieber's career and personal life, which had been marked by a series of public blunders, appeared to be back in order. "What Do You Mean?" and "Sorry" had skillfully latched onto the spritely tropical house sound; the former became his first number one hit in the States, and the latter narrowly missed the top. These singles also showed him making a deeper connection with his material and that, yes, he was progressing from performer to artist. Highlighted by those three hits that preceded it, Purpose is characterized as much by its inward-looking ballads, like the voice-and-piano-only "Life Is Worth Living" and the title track, both of which offer full-effort stock spiritual platitudes. In those songs and many others, there's repentance for personal and romantic slip-ups, and Bieber -- yearning, aching, but not desperate -- frequently sounds as if he's trying to win over a lover for the long term. There are many metaphorical obstacles in his path -- he dodges lightning, a blizzard, and an avalanche, skates on thin ice, gets stuck on a treadmill -- yet he ultimately owns up to his own mistakes and admits "Don't nobody deserve myself." A bumpy, oddly compelling restart, Purpose should hook open-minded pop fans who previously paid him no mind, and it could even win back some of those who wrote Bieber off years ago.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2015
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602547576415
catalogNumber: 002404202
Rank: 185

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Justin Bieber   Primary Artist
James Wong   Guitar
Julia Michaels   Background Vocals
Mark "the Mogul" Jackson   Piano
Jimmy Giannos   Keyboards
Dominic Jordan   Drums
Theron Feemster   Piano
Sasha Sirota   Bass
Jimmy Powers   Guitar
Andreas Schuller   Percussion
Leroy Clampitt   Bass Guitar
Teddy Photo   Background Vocals
Trevon Trapper   Background Vocals
Philip Beaudreau   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Blood   Producer
Steve James   Producer
Mike Dean   Composer,Producer
Michael Tucker   Composer
Usher Raymond   Executive Producer
Benny Blanco   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Bart Schoudel   Engineer
Thomas Troelsen   Composer
James Wong   Composer
Diplo   Producer
Justin Tranter   Composer
Jennifer Beal   Package Production
Sarah Hudson   Composer
Mark Jackson   Composer
Gregg Rominiecki   Engineer
Sonny Moore   Composer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer
Nico Hartikainen   Composer,Producer
Jordan Ware   Composer
Jeremy Snyder   Composer,Producer
Josh Gudwin   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Samuel Jacquet   Engineer
Scott "Scooter" Braun   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Justin Bieber   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Benjamin Levin   Composer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Skrillex   Producer
Julia Michaels   Composer
Kenneth Coby   Composer
Thomas Wesley Pentz   Composer
Mark "the Mogul" Jackson   Producer
Mason Levy   Composer
Jimmy Giannos   Composer
Theron Feemster   Composer
Andy Proctor   Package Production
Ed Sheeran   Composer
Sean Anderson   Composer
Chris Sclafani   Engineer
Clarence Coffee   Composer
Simon Cohen   Engineer
James Abrahart   Composer
Axident   Producer
Josh Connolly   Engineer
Jacques Webster   Composer
Jessica Severn   Graphic Design,Packaging
Jason Boyd   Composer,Producer
Johannes Raassina   Engineer
Dylan William   Vocal Engineer
Karl Rubin   Composer
Andreas Schuller   Composer
Stephen Philibin   Composer
Ian Kirkpatirck   Composer,Producer
Eben Wares   Composer
Big Taste   Producer
Leroy Clampitt   Composer
Iron Eye Art Group   Art Direction
Brandon Green   Composer

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Purpose 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST ALBUM EVER! There is so much emotion he express and you can hear it.