Making changes: how Justin Bieber returned to music

Justin Bieber

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There was never a guarantee that we would receive a new one Justin Bieber albums on this or any day.

For a minute, it seemed that the formative years spent in the most intense spotlights had irreparably damaged the superstar’s relationship with his first love: music.

He hasn’t abandoned solo material since 2015 Purpose. He canceled all the remaining tour dates to support that LP in 2017. And then, in March of last year, he broke the news to his adoring, albeit sometimes overwhelming, fan base that despite their clear desire for a new album, his focus was everywhere but.

“I have tried, tried, tried and wrong like most of us, now I am very focused on repairing some of the deeply rooted problems that I have like most of us, so as not to fall apart, so that I can support my marriage and being the father I want to be, “he wrote in a long Instagram post, adding,” Music is very important to me, but nothing comes before my family and my health. “

Although he assured that he would “come up with an ass album soon”, there was no telling how long it would last.

“I was facing a lot of fear,” he told Apple Music Zane Lowe of the trepidation he had to face to return to the studio during an interview released this week “Only at that point was I only afraid of the process; what I will talk about again, it will be received. starting to compare with other artists”.

As we learned in the following months, Bieber was grappling with quite a few of those years. Not only was he adapting to life as a married man after trying the knot with his wife Hailey Bieber (born Baldwin), but he was becoming sober, facing all the struggles that come from cleaning, and he also suffered from both a previously unknown diagnosis of Lyme disease and the Epstein-Barr virus, a type of mono that can cause extreme fatigue and fevers.

“It’s nothing timid about devastating,” Dr. Buzz Mingin, the health coach who worked with the pop star to keep himself well said in the sixth episode of his new YouTube series Justin Bieber: Seasons. “When someone is 13 or 14, we know that the brain is not yet ready to handle all the rigor that comes from being an entertainer, not to mention someone who is quite famous as Justin.”

It was not until friend and friend Braun scooter customer Ariana Grande he invited Bieber to join her during his headliner at Coachella last spring, where he received a standing ovation, which got the “confidence boost” he needed to consider going back to the studio, he said to Lowe . “In a way it reminded me … this is what I do, this is what I am good at, and I don’t need to run away from it,” he added.

Like Allison Kaye, recalled one of the people in his management team Seasons, that was the turning point. “He wanted me to build a continuous itinerary for him as I do when he works,” he revealed. “The moment he asked to take some time, I was like ‘Oh, okay, now we’re ready to go back to work.” “

So, he went back to the studio, taking a more independent turn than he ever had before. “I tried to take a real step back and allow him his trial,” explained Braun in the second episode of Seasons. “My involvement in previous albums was finding songs, finding producers, finding writers. But really [2013’s] magazines his process usually begins with him experiencing only six solid months before he even speaks a song. “

The longtime producer of Bieber Josh Godwin echoed the sentiment, explaining that the singer is “fully responsible” for the choices made while the creation would become Changes.

And that title is not just a lip service. As Bieber revealed in the premiere of Seasons, the work he has done to improve in recent years has spilled over into his approach to making music.

“I think what has been challenging over the years is a lot of times I’ve made music, and it would be for me,” he explained. “When your focus and goal are on yourself, you tend to lose your purpose in this. I think the older I get, the more I realize that I’m not using my gift, I feel, for the right reasons. It’s not about me, it’s about helping someone who’s going through whatever they’re going through, and being able to talk about that thing, I think it’s a really cool way to see what I’m doing. “

This is not to say that he is not nervous about how his return will be received. “This was the toughest and most difficult season of my life,” admitted in episode six Seasons. “The pressure to deliver, deliver a good album and just a lot of different things.”

He continued, “There are many people who think that fame is this result that brings you satisfaction and happiness. And the truth is that there is this weight and this heaviness on you to reach and be something. People have these expectations about you. It’s just a lot. “

Judging by the welcome of the singles “Yummy”, “Get Me” and “Intentions”, however, we don’t think he has much to worry about.

“When something is difficult, it is almost as if we should run towards pain and run towards pain rather than running away from it,” he told Lowe. “I think you get some sort of healing when it comes to this.”

Changes is now available.

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