Justin Bieber appears to be getting back into music and he’s announced the direction his sound is heading. According to TMZ, the Canadian popstar has filed paperwork to trademark the term R&Bieber, which indicates that we’re going to be getting more of a “Boyfriend” sound and no more “10,000 Hours.” Sorry, country fans.
Bieber first floated the term past fans at the end of October when he posted a pink image with the phrase R&Bieber in bold, white font. The caption for the image was a set of three emojis including a video camera, eyes and purple musical notes. Could this mean a new music video? Let’s hope so, because we’re rusty with our emoji translation skills and this one seems relatively straightforward.
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Following his R&Bieber declaration, Justin posted another pink image with white font, this time calling on his Beliebers to show their love. “If this gets 20 million likes Justin Bieber will release an album before Christmas,” declared the pic. Bieber added a second call to action in the comments, writing “Share it, like it, post in your story, I gotta see the demand 😉 love you guys pumped for it! I’m almost done but your support will make me move faster.” We think staying off social media helps people work faster but rallying the troops before an album drop is also important.
Bieber’s second post has yet to break the 12 million likes mark, but hopefully that won’t stop him from releasing new music. TMZ snapped pictures of Bieber entering the 3rd Street Dance Studio in Los Angeles on November 13, which could possibly mean the popstar is getting into dancing shape for a new tour. Bieber was also spotted carrying a hockey stick, so maybe he just thinks the wood floors give a good bounce when playing floor hockey. Let’s meet in the middle and say he’s prepping for a music video and tour and taking shinny breaks.
It’s been four years since Bieber released his fourth studio album Purpose, which included the massive singles “What Do You Mean?,” “Sorry” and “Love Yourself” and the film Purpose: The Movement, which featured dance videos for all 13 tracks. Bieber embarked on a world tour for the album, which began in March 2016 and ended in July 2017.
Although Bieber has released any solo music since dropping his Grammy-nominated album Purpose, he has continued to work with other artists, including DJ Khaled, Ed Sheeran, BloodPop, David Guetta, and most recently, country duo Dan and Shay. Bieber has also spent his time between albums hopping on some massive remixes including Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” and most notably “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi, which was nominated for three Grammys and won four Latin Grammys.
Bieber’s time away from the spotlight has been largely focused on healing after years of a nonstop whirlwind schedule and substance abuse. The singer, who married his longtime friend Hailey Baldwin this October, has been candid with fans about his journey, including his decision to begin therapy. In a September 2 post on Instagram, Bieber said that he’s “made every bad decision you could have thought of,” but is working towards a more positive future. “Luckily, God blessed me with extraordinary people who love me for me,” wrote Bieber. “Now I am navigating the best season of my life ‘MARRIAGE’ !! Which is an amazing, crazy, new responsibility. You learn patience, trust, commitment, kindness, humility, and all of the things it looks like to be a good man.” We’re excited to see the emergence of the new happy and healthy R&Bieber.