November 9, 2015


Justin Bieber Premieres "Love Yourself" & "The Feeling" feat. Halsey

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After months of buildup, Justin Bieber's Purpose is finally due out this Friday. (Along with One Direction's Made in the A.M.—you might've heard.) So far we've heard quite a bit of it, from "Where Are Ü Now" to "Sorry" to "I'll Show You" and "What Do You Mean?"

Today brings us "Love Yourself" (which puts us in mind of a certain song by a certain Hailee Steinfeld) and the Halsey collaboration "The Feeling." Listen to "Love Yourself" below, and click here for the Biebs-sey tune.

El Biebs debuted the songs on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show on Monday afternoon. The "Love Yourself" premiere was teased ahead of time; "The Feeling" was a surprise. That one whisks through trippy, whispery verses and a big singalong chorus that contains the line, "Am I in love with you or am I in love with the feeling?"

"Love Yourself," meanwhile, was co-written by Ed Sheeran and 100 percent sounds like it, built over a softly strummed, vaguely John Mayer–ish guitar; the bridge has a trumpet. It sounds like a kiss-off song, with Bieber singing, "My mama don't like you, and she likes everyone."

We've got our eyes trained on Friday to see how JB fares against One Direction's record and Adele's re-established pop game dominance.