As Long as You Love Me (Justin Bieber song)

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"As Long as You Love Me"
Single by Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean
from the album Believe
Released June 11, 2012
Format Digital download
Genre Pop
Length

3:49 (Official version)

3:19 (International version)
Label Island, RBMG, Schoolboy
Writer(s) Andre Lindal, Justin Bieber, Nasri Atweh, Rodney Jerkins, Sean Anderson
Producer(s) Darkchild, Andre Lindal
Justin Bieber singles chronology
"Boyfriend"
(2012)
"As Long as You Love Me"
(2012)
"Beauty and a Beat"
(2012)
Big Sean chronology
"My Homies Still"
(2012)
"As Long as You Love Me"
(2012)
"Clique"
(2012)

"As Long as You Love Me" is a song by Canadian recording artist Justin Bieber, from his third studio album, Believe (2012). The track features American rapper Big Sean. It was written by both artists with Nasri Atweh, and was produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and Andre Lindal. It was first released on June 11, 2012, as a promotional single from the album, and one month later it was released as the album's second single.

The song has since charted in the United Kingdom, first at number thirty as a promotional single with first-week sales of 11,598, and then after being released as a single it improved its position on the UK Singles Chart, reaching number 22.[1] On Billboard's Rhythmic Airplay Chart, the single reached number one, giving Bieber his first number one single on an American airplay music chart.[2] Despite its peak at no. 6, it is currently his biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100[3] due to its longevity in the top 20 from strong radio airplay.

It also reached the number one position on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, making Bieber the fifth Canadian artist to reach that position after Martin Solveig featuring Dragonette's "Hello" in 2011.[4] The song has sold 2,240,000 copies in the US as December 2012.[5] The music video features actor Michael Madsen.

Background and release[edit]

In late 2011, Bieber confirmed to radio network Capital FM that he was recording material for his third studio album, which was originally going to be released in early 2012.[6] He later spoke to MTV News and revealed that Believe would surprise people in different ways, since it musically is a departure from his previous works.[7] While Bieber has said that he wants his next release to recall Justin Timberlake's Future Sex/Love Sounds sonically, in an interview with V magazine, he noted that what he'll be singing is a bit more PG than the topics Timberlake covered on that album.[8]

"I'm not going to try to conform to what people want me to be or go out there and start partying, have people see me with alcohol. I want to do it at my own pace. I don't want to start singing about things like sex, drugs and swearing. I'm into love, and maybe I'll get more into making love when I'm older. But I want to be someone who is respected by everybody."[8]

After releasing "Boyfriend" as the lead single, Bieber announced that he will release promotional singles to promote "Believe".[9] The first promotional single "Die in Your Arms" was released to iTunes on May 29, 2012.[10] The second "All Around The World" was released on iTunes on June 4, 2012.[10] "As Long as You Love Me" was released on June 11, 2012, as the third and final promotional single.[10][11]

The cover art for "As Long as You Love Me" shows Bieber perched on a wooden bed, holding an acoustic guitar.[12] Sia Nicole of "Idolator expressed dissatisfaction with the cover, saying "It’s false advertising for the high-fidelity track that has nary a strum within earshot."[12] On June 13, Bieber shared a clip of the recording process for "As Long As You Love Me."[13] The video shows Bieber with his signature swooped bangs, in the studio recording and laying down the vocals on the song. A slightly shorter version of the song, without Big Sean's rap verse, with Bieber singing new lines, known as the 'international version' appeared online in August, 2012.[13] It was released in full quality October 23, 2012.

Composition and lyrics[edit]

"As Long as You Love Me" was written by Bieber, Nasri Atweh, and guest vocalist Big Sean, while production was handled by Darkchild and Andre Lindal.[14][15] The song is officially written in the key of C minor.[16] It is was described by Billboard as a "dance track"[17] and described as "heavy dubstep" song,[15] but "works better as a pop song with dubstep tinges, rather than as a dubstep song with Bieber providing vocals."[18] featuring a hard-hitting beat[19] with vocal loops complemented by a booming beat.[20] As the song continues, it builds and builds to a rave-ready drop.[21]

Lyrically, it tells listeners that true love can defy all circumstances and the obstacles that it can overcome.[15][22] "As long as you love me/ We could be starving/ We could be homeless/ We could be broke," Bieber sings over a staccato beat and handclaps, with an undercurrent of a swirling-sounding synth. "As long as you love me/ I'll be your platinum/ I'll be your silver/ I'll be your gold," he adds. Big Sean drops a rap exalting a lady love, too. "I don't know if this makes sense, but you're my hallelujah/ Give me a time and a place, and I'll rendezvous, and I'll fly you to it," Sean raps.[20]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received mixed reviews from music critics. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times described the song as "a dubstep love song, with Mr. Bieber reaching into falsetto at points without losing power, and showing restraint at the chorus."[22] Natalie Shaw of BBC Music wrote, "It's fine that his vocal simpers on the verses of As Long As You Love Me, because the song's pulsating undercurrent propels it onto the dancefloor."[23] Hermione Hoby of The Observer complimented his vocals, calling "plaintive and still unmistakeably teenage."[24] Jason Lipshutz of Billboard defined the track: "A massive yet somehow intimate dance track, with the drums almost reaching hair metal levels in their vibrations. The Biebs handles his business, but Big Sean's verse probably isn't necessary."[17]

Andrew Unterberger of Pop Dust gave the song 3 out of 5 stars, writing, "The dubstep touches actually serve Bieber's song well, one of the stickier, more delectable beats on the album. Unfortunately, Bieber's songwriting team fails him, as the lyrics are a gauche mishmash of 'All Around the World's 'Love is All We Need' cliché-spewing that should probably never be uttered by an 18-year-old with his own Batmobile. With less preposterous lyrics, the song could be a standout track, but they burden the song somewhat mercilessly, pretty much at all times, and even through Big Sean's corny guest verse.[19] Becky Bain of Idolator commented, "The electro-infused track carries your basic we-don’t-need-money-we-have-love sentiment, while Big Sean cameo is mostly useless, but it does come at a pivotal moment in the Darkchild-produced tune."[21]

In his review for Fact Magazine, Alex Macpherson described the track:

"'As Long As You Love Me' is a post-austerity, us-against-the-world electronic storm in which Bieber promises romantic fealty even as he's buffeted this way and that by a cornucopia of sonic switch-ups courtesy of Darkchild: the 4×4 march leading up to the peak of the second chorus, the way the word 'love' is caught, cut up and tossed into a digital swirl until it becomes helpless surrender. Notably and surprisingly, too, Bieber's own delivery stands out: his blend of puppy-eyed pleading and genuine tenderness on the line 'We could be homeless, we could be broke' is the song's emotional pivot. It's enough to make you jealous of those terrifyingly devoted Beliebers: imagine how much more intensely they’re feeling this."[25]

Music video[edit]

As part of promotion for "As Long As You Love Me", a music video, which was filmed in early July 2012, was released. Prior to the release of the video, Bieber revealed that a minute-long clip of the video was due to be broadcast following an episode of America's Got Talent; however, much to the displeasure of Bieber and his fans, the clip wasn't shown. NBC later revealed that technical difficulties prevented the clip from being aired. The full video was later premiered on Bieber's official YouTube page on July 12, 2012. Bieber very rarely referred to the video as a "music video", but rather as a "short film". Directed by Anthony Mandler, cinematography by David Devlin, and edited by Jacquelyn London[26][27] the video was Bieber's longest music video at five minutes and fifty-two seconds, before being surpassed by "Confident" at six minutes and six seconds. It featured guest appearances by Michael Madsen and Big Sean, the latter of which performs the singing on the track. The video was filmed in Los Angeles, California.

Synopsis[edit]

The video starts off with some flashbacks foreshadowing of what's going to be shown or happen in the video. Then presently, at a mansion gate, Bieber appears as a loyal-but-troublemaking boyfriend to the daughter of an overprotective father, played by Madsen. In what can be seen as a prelude to the main events of the video, Madsen finds the words "You r so sexy" written on his daughter's neck.

Outside their house, Madsen threatens Bieber to stay away from his daughter, despite Bieber's insistence that he loves her. Bieber and his love interest secretly plan to meet at a train station late at night, to escape the clutches of her father. However, their plans are foiled when Madsen finds his daughter's bedroom empty and races off, only to catch up with them in the middle of the street. Bieber is assaulted by Madsen multiple times, only to rise to his feet and stand up again as the daughter watches and screams in horror.

As the video fades, representing that Bieber is passing out from the pain, Madsen drags his daughter to their car. Throughout the video, scenes of Bieber and his love interest in various scenes (such as on her bed, at the park and on a rooftop) are shown, displaying their love. The video also features a complicated dance routine performed in a parking garage, which is rumored by multiple critics to be a nod to the video for Michael Jackson's "Bad" (coincidentally, Madsen also appeared in the video for Jackson's "You Rock My World").

Live performances[edit]

Bieber performed the song for the first time in Oslo, Norway at the Oslo Opera House, on May 30, 2012 at his Believe promo tour.[28] Also Bieber performed the song, with Big Sean, in Today Show on June 15, 2012 and again with Big Sean at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards, in a medley with "Boyfriend".[29] Bieber also performed the song, once again with Big Sean, during the season finale of the NBC summer reality talent show "America's Got Talent". He also performed in late September on "Dancing With The Stars", and on the February 9, 2013 episode of "Saturday Night Live", which he also hosted.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "As Long As You Love Me" (feat. Big Sean) – 3:49
  • Digital Remixes EP[32]
  1. "As Long As You Love Me" (Ferry Corsten Remix) - 5:42
  2. "As Long As You Love Me" (Ferry Corsten Club Dub) - 4:58
  3. "As Long As You Love Me" (Ferry Corsten Radio Mix) - 3:31
  4. "As Long As You Love Me" (Audiobot Remix) - 5:04
  5. "As Long As You Love Me" (Audiobot Instrumental) - 5:04
  6. "As Long As You Love Me" (Audiobot Radio Mix) - 3:55
  7. "As Long As You Love Me" (Paulo & Jackinsky Club Mix) - 7:41
  8. "As Long As You Love Me" (Paulo & Jackinsky Dub) - 7:26
  9. "As Long As You Love Me" (Paulo & Jackinsky Radio Mix) - 3:55
  10. "As Long As You Love Me" (feat. Big Sean) (Audien Dubstep Radio Mix) - 4:03
  11. "As Long As You Love Me" (feat. Big Sean) (Audien Dubstep Mix) - 4:37
  12. "As Long As You Love Me" (feat. Big Sean) (Audien Luvstep Mix) - 4:37

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Promo release[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States June 11, 2012[30][31] Digital Download Island Records
Canada
France Universal Music, Mercury Records
Worldwide June 13, 2012[67][68][69]

Single release[edit]

Region Date Format
United States/Canada July 10, 2012[70][71] Top 40/Mainstream and Rhythmic radio
Worldwide September 7, 2012 Digital Remixes EP

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