A little while ago, Justin Bieber
released his new song "Friends." The song is a collaboration with the producer BloodPop
, a longtime collaborator who also produced several tracks on Bieber's last album, Purpose
, including "Sorry." "Friends" was also co-written with songwriters Julia Michaels
and Justin Tranter. After cancelling the remaining dates of his Purpose World Tour
in July, fans at least had this single to look forward to when Bieber officially announced it's release Monday on Twitter.
Since it's been almost two years since Justin Bieber released his last album (which came out back in November 2015), there's reason to believe "Friends" could be a part of an upcoming album. One of Bieber's producers, Poo Bear, has recently said in an interview with Billboard
that "it's naturally time for a new body of work" from the star. Whether or not this means that another album is actually coming soon, it does seem like Poo Bear and Justin have been working on new material.
You can definitely hear BloodPop's production style coming through on "Friends." Like "Sorry," the production on "Friends" is understated, smooth and chilled-out. The sound design, although pleasant, is predictable - it sounds exactly like what a new Justin Bieber single should sound like. The radio-friendly track is bound to be a hit, and could even knock the pop star's super-successful "Despacito" remix out of the top spot on the Billboard
Hot 100 list.
I will say though, the lyrics are kind of a saving grace for the song in my book. In spite of the repetitiveness of the chorus, I like the sort of tongue-in-cheek first verse and the relatable second verse, where Bieber sings "Wonderin' if you think about me/Actually, don't answer that."