We close out the latest installment of ‘What the Kids Are Listening To’ with a mellow love song by the country duo Dan + Shay, featuring Justin Bieber. ‘10,000 Hours’ is a good fit for #10 this week, as pretty much the whole Top Ten has been low-key and positive.
Maybe it’s the time of year? Or have musical tastes mellowed after the hip-hop domination of the past few years? Is this a phase or a lasting trend? Guess we’ll check back in early 2020 to learn the answer.
It seems like Justin Bieber has been a thing forever now, but 2019 marks only the 9-year anniversary of his debut album, My World 2.0 (he had released an EP titled My World a year earlier).
In fact, my Song of the Day blog is older than Justin Bieber’s recording career, which probably says more about how long I’ve been doing this than it does about the Biebs.
Billboard’s fifth spot features the first song I’ve already featured, The Chainsmoker’s ‘Don’t Let Me Down.’ Good song… even better than the one they put on the top of the charts this week.
So jumping to #6, we have our second appearance by Justin Bieber, who makes quite a living being featured on other people’s songs. This time it’s DJ Snake, known (to me, at least) for ‘Lean On‘ and ‘Turn Down for What.’
Major Lazer sits at Billboard’s #3 this week with ‘Cold Water,’ featuring vocals by Justin Bieber and MØ.
The electronic band previously reached the top five with ‘Lean On,’ also featuring MØ. ‘Cold Water’ is a less interesting track than that one, but it’s pleasantly catchy, the latest example of the low-key island vibe that has dominated the charts over the past year.
Justin Bieber’s second appearance in the top five of this week’s Billboard chart comes courtesy of ‘Sorry,’ a song written for both his ex Selena Gomez and the world in general. Call it the opening argument in his bid for pop culture retribution.
Interestingly, his co-writers on this song also contributed to several songs on Gomez’s latest album, Revival. Sound-wise, that’s good news, because Revival is a great album ‘Sorry’ has a similar vibe.
The Justin Bieber comeback is in full swing, the Canadian pop star having weathered his rough patch to once again dominate the charts. He sits at #2 with today’s SOTD, ‘Love Yourself,’ and will show up again before the week is out.
‘Love Yourself’ is seemingly a kiss-off track aimed at Bieber’s former flame, Selena Gomez, who has a tattoo reading “love yourself first.”
Justin Bieber is like the villain in a horror movie. Just when you think he’s gone for good he pops back out and attacks again.
I hoped that Bieber’s descent into petty crime and general dickishness would keep him off of the airwaves. A modern-day Vanilla Ice, if you will, who would turn up again in 2025 on a home-improvement show but otherwise stay silent.