Justin Bieber claims the 14th spot on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Yummy,’ the first single from his upcoming album Changes. It has been five years since Bieber’s last album, the well-received Purpose, so expectations are high.
If ‘Yummy’ is any indication, we shouldn’t get too excited. This is a repetitive and nonsensical song, and another disappointing entry in one of the bleakest ‘What the Kids are Listening To’ segments.
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.