BY KALI D’AGOSTINIS
On Feb. 14, pop and R&B artist Justin Bieber released his fifth studio album, “Changes.”
“I’ve been listening to this album on repeat! His music has a completely different story now that he’s married,” says freshman Kayla Drake.
“Changes” is Bieber’s first album in five years, following his 2015 album, “Purpose.” Bieber also labeled “Changes” as an R&B piece rather than his usual pop sound.
The album features several collaborations with artists like Post Malone, Kehlani, Clever and Travis Scott.
The album is comprised of sixteen tracks and one remix with American singer-songwriter Summer Walker. His two latest singles, “Intentions” (featuring Quavo) and “Yummy,” also appear on the tracklist.
Prior to the release of the album, fans had the opportunity to preview many of the songs from episodes of his self-produced docu-series, “Justin Bieber: Seasons” on YouTube. It involves the process of “Changes” along with the struggles that occurred along the way such as Bieber’s struggle with Lymes disease, depression and drug-addiction. It also touches on the lighter side of his life, including a more intimate look into the relationship between him and his wife, Hailey Baldwin.
“Changes” reflects on the journey through his recent marriage to Baldwin and being in the honeymoon phase without complications, along with the stability he has found through his relationship. During his last tour, he cancelled the remaining shows to deal with his mental health. He was not seen on stage again for five years.
Recently, Bieber announced he’ll be hitting the road for his “Changes” tour, which begins in Seattle on May 14.
The song “Changes” includes lyrics such as “I’m going through changes / Doesn’t mean that I changed.” This preaches the surrounding idea that the 25-year-old has battled through a lot, but it isn’t changing who he is as an individual, and it seems to be the motto throughout the project.
Since the release of “Changes,” it has officially been declared his seventh number one album. This includes the two additional albums, “Journals” and “Believe Acoustic,” which are not labeled as studio albums.
The week following the release of “Changes,” Justin Bieber guest-hosted on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” which involved segments like “Carpool Karaoke” and “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts.”
“Justin’s new album shows a new side of him and I’m so excited that he’s back,” said junior Emily Zizzadoro.