Believe (Justin Bieber album)

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Believe
Studio album by Justin Bieber
Released June 15, 2012 (2012-06-15)
Recorded 2011–12
Genre
Length 48:09
Label
Producer
Justin Bieber chronology
Under the Mistletoe
(2011)
Believe
(2012)
Believe Acoustic
(2013)
Singles from Believe
  1. "Boyfriend"
    Released: March 26, 2012 (2012-03-26)
  2. "As Long as You Love Me"
    Released: July 10, 2012 (2012-07-10)
  3. "Beauty and a Beat"
    Released: October 24, 2012 (2012-10-24)
  4. "Right Here"
    Released: February 5, 2013 (2013-02-05)
  5. "All Around the World"
    Released: February 26, 2013 (2013-02-26)

Believe is the third studio album by Canadian recording artist Justin Bieber, released on June 15, 2012, by Island Records. Looking to transition from the teen pop styles of his two-piece debut effort My World (2009) and My World 2.0 (2010), Bieber opted to create a follow-up record that featured more prominent elements of dance-pop and contemporary R&B. As executive producers, mentor Usher and manager Scooter Braun enlisted collaborators including Darkchild, Hit-Boy, Diplo and Max Martin with the intention of creating a mature-sounding project.

Upon its release, Believe received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who appreciated its progression from Bieber's earlier works. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 374,000 copies, and was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales exceeding one million units. Internationally, the record enjoyed similar success. It debuted atop the Canadian Albums Chart, where it eventually attained double-platinum recognition. The album additionally debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, and was later certified gold there. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), Believe was the sixth global best-selling album of 2012 with sales of three million copies.[1]

Five singles were released from Believe, several of which became international successes. Its lead single "Boyfriend" peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, and reached number one on the Canadian Hot 100. Follow-ups "As Long as You Love Me" and "Beauty and a Beat" performed moderately worldwide, and positioned within the top-ten in the United States and Canada. "Right Here" received little promotion, consequentially peaking in the lower end of the Billboard Hot 100, while the final single "All Around the World" performed moderately in most markets. The project was additionally promoted through the Believe Tour in 2012 and 2013. The remix album Believe Acoustic was released in January 2013.

Background

On March 2, 2012, Bieber appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to announce that the first single from his upcoming album would be called "Boyfriend"; it was released on March 26, 2012.[2] The song was written by Bieber and Mike Posner, and produced by Posner and Mason Levy.

Bieber also invited his fans to participate in one of the creative decisions for the "Boyfriend" single. Two potential cover arts were published on Bieber's website, and fans were encouraged to vote for which one they preferred. The cover with the most votes became the official cover for the single.[3]

Singles

Bieber announced via Twitter that the first single off his upcoming third studio album, Believe will be released in March 2012.[4] On March 1, 2012, Bieber appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to announce that the first single from his upcoming album, Believe, will be called "Boyfriend" and was released on March 26, 2012.[5] The song was written by Bieber and Mike Posner, and produced by Posner and Mason Levy. Two cover arts were published on Bieber's website, and fans were encouraged to vote for which cover they would preferred; with the most votes for cover and it will become the official cover of for the single. "Boyfriend" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached the top ten in several countries worldwide.[3]

Island Def Jam confirmed on June 26, 2012 that "As Long as You Love Me" featuring Big Sean, which was previously released as the third and final promo single as part of the iTunes album countdown to Believe, will now be released as the official second single off the album. It will officially impact U.S. Top 40/Mainstream and Rhythmic radio on July 10, 2012.[6][7]

"Beauty and a Beat", is the third single off Believe. It was released on November 13, 2012 and features vocals from rapper Nicki Minaj. It has so far peaked at 5 in the US.

"Right Here" featuring Drake was released as the fourth U.S. single, impacting U.S. Rhythmic radio on February 5, 2013.

"All Around the World" which was released as a promotional single, was then released as the fourth international single from Believe. It was released in the US on February 26, 2013 as the fifth anf final US single[8] and in the UK on April 1, 2013[9]

Promotional singles

The first promotional single from the album, the Rodney Jerkins, Dennis Aganee Jenkins, Travis Sayles-produced "Die in Your Arms", was released to iTunes on May 29, 2012.[10] The song samples Michael Jackson's "We've Got a Good Thing Going" and was written with ten co-writers. The second promo single "All Around the World", which features Ludacris, was released on iTunes on June 4, 2012.[11] "As Long as You Love Me" featuring Big Sean was released on June 11, 2012, as the third promotional single.[12][13]

Other songs

On May 7, 2012, Bieber announced that he would release a song titled "Turn to You (Mother's Day Dedication)" on May 11, 2012 for Mother's Day weekend. He stated that the proceeds of the song would go to help single mothers.[14] Although some had suspected it would, "Turn to You (Mother's Day Dedication)" did not make the final track listing for Believe. It was revealed during Bieber's interview with Fuse, that he collaborated with Lil Wayne on a song called "Backpack" that would be included on a "repackaged" version of the album.[15] "Right Here", featuring Drake, also debuted at number 95 on the Hot 100. "Be Alright" was not released as a single from the album but was certified Gold in Denmark.[16]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100[17]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[18]
The A.V. Club B−[19]
BBC Music favorable[20]
Entertainment Weekly B+[21]
The Independent 2/5 stars[22]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[23]
Now 3/5 stars[24]
The Observer 4/5 stars[25]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[26]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[27]

Believe has received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 68, based on 14 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[17]

While BBC Music noted Bieber's ongoing "tween appeal,"[20] it also examined his gradual stylist evolution from his previous album. The New York Times noted the search for maturity Bieber exhibited. It complimented the natural strength of his voice, which did not need as much technical enhancement as it did previously.[28] However, Slant Magazine criticized the production's need to "slice, dice, and Auto-Tune [Bieber's] notes into shape"[27] Entertainment Weekly praised the pop star's evolution, calling the album both a "reinvention and a reintroduction."[21] Rolling Stone noted the deeper voice and more intense beats found on the album, although it lampooned one of his euphemisms for newfound sexual maturity.[26]

The New York Times noted the difficulty Bieber faced in creating the album—a tension between his love of R&B and the profitability of pop music—while suggesting that his "savvy compromises" made the conflict manageable."[28] Entertainment Weekly praised the variety of audiences for the album, calling it "the rare album that tries to be everything to everyone and largely succeeds."[21]

Reviews of the vocals on specific songs were mixed. The New York Times review complained of certain songs where Bieber "sounded bored" and unlike himself, although other tracks were said to show him when he "leans on his instincts." The review credited Bieber for his "limber and wounded" vocals. It suggested that Bieber's voice would continue to evolve, and that in a few years it could fully express "angst". It said Bieber was "more credible when begging or retreating",[28] while BBC Music stated similarly that "his confidence, for the most part, [is] played down."[20]

A large number of reviews compared Bieber to Justin Timberlake,[20][26][28][29] a once-teenage pop star who achieved great success during his evolution from teenage boy band member to young adult. Most found the situations very different, saying Bieber was better suited to pursuing his own style rather than follow in the footsteps of Timberlake. The New York Times, however, complimented his references to Michael Jackson as aspirational.[28] Meanwhile, reviewers tended to praise Bieber's work with other pop stars. BBC Music said that, despite an abundance of guest contributors, Bieber is "never overshadowed."[20]

Assessments of the long-term impact of the album generally avoided calling Believe a revolutionary step forward. The Independent roundly criticized the artist's lack of innovation, calling it a "pitifully timid affair".[22] The New York Times noted that while Bieber was not ushering in radical changes to pop music, he was at least playing to his personal strengths. Billboard noted the singer's potential with future releases, pointing out "multiple songs that hint at what Bieber could become someday."[29]

Commercial performance

Believe debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 374,000. It was Bieber's fourth number-one album.[30] It dropped two spots in its second week to number three with sales of 115,000 copies.[31] Believe was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on July 31, 2012,[32] and has sold 1,324,000 copies in the US in 2012.[33]

The album sold 57,000 copies in its first week in Canada, debuting atop the Canadian Albums Chart.[34] In the following week, the album fell to number two selling 18,000 copies, behind Linkin Park's Living Things.[35] It also debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart with sales of 38,115 copies, making Bieber the second youngest male solo artist ever to reach number one.[36] In Japan, the album entered the Oricon Weekly Albums Chart at number seven, selling 13,886 copies.[37] As of July 26, 2012, the album has sold over 98,000 copies in Canada.[38] In Brazil, the album was certified platinum by Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos (ABPD) within three days of release. The album debuted at number-one in Mexico and was later certified Platinum by Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas ending the year as the 14th best selling of 2012.[39] In November 2013, Universal Music México awarded Bieber with a triple platinum certification for sales of over 180,000 copies as well as over 300,000 digital tracks.[40]

Believe Acoustic

Main article: Believe Acoustic

On December 14, 2012, Bieber announced on The Ellen Show that he would be releasing an acoustic album of Believe. It was released on January 29, 2013.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "All Around the World" (featuring Ludacris)
4:04
2. "Boyfriend"  
  • Posner
  • MdL
  • Harrell (vocal)
2:51
3. "As Long as You Love Me" (featuring Big Sean)
  • Jerkins
  • Lindal
  • Harrell (vocal)
3:49
4. "Catching Feelings"  
  • The Pentagon
  • Smith
  • Harrell (vocal)
3:54
5. "Take You"  
3:40
6. "Right Here" (featuring Drake)
3:24
7. "Fall"  
  • Bieber
  • Levy
  • Jacob Lutrell
  • MdL
  • Lutrell
  • Harrell (vocal)
4:08
8. "Die in Your Arms"  
  • Jerkins
  • Jenkins
  • Sayles
  • Harrell (vocal)
3:57
9. "Thought of You"  
  • Rechtshaid
  • Diplo
  • Harrell (vocal)
3:50
10. "Beauty and a Beat" (featuring Nicki Minaj)
  • Martin
  • Zedd,
  • Harrell (vocal)
3:48
11. "One Love"  
3:54
12. "Be Alright"  
  • Bieber
  • Kanter
  • Harrell (vocal)
3:09
13. "Believe"  
  • Bieber
  • Atweh
  • Messinger
  • Lambroza
  • Tucker
  • Messinger
  • Nasri
  • Harrell (vocal)
3:42
Notes[42]

Personnel

Credits for Believe adapted from album liner notes.[42]

  • Justin Bieber – vocals, backing vocals, producer
  • Michael Alexander – international marketing
  • Wil Anspach – assistant engineer
  • Big Sean – rap
  • Delbert Bowers – mixing assistant
  • Scott "Scooter" Braun – executive producer
  • Andre "Drizza Don" Bridges – engineer
  • Brandon N. Caddell – assistant engineer
  • Matt Champlin – co-mixing, engineer
  • Ariel Chobaz – vocal engineer
  • Thomas Cullison – assistant engineer
  • Eric Dawkins – backing vocals
  • Deanna DellaCioppa – backing vocals
  • Diplo – producer
  • Antonio Dixon – additional instruments
  • Sevada Djavadghazaryans – engineer
  • Drake – rap
  • Graham Edwards – guitar
  • Dammo Farmer – bass
  • Chris Galland – mixing assistant
  • Corey Gamble – production A&R coordinator
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • Ryan Good – creative director
  • David Grant – marketing
  • Josh Gudwin – engineer
  • Kenny Hamilton – A&R
  • John Hanes – mix engineer
  • Kuk Harrell – album producer, backing vocals, vocal producer
  • Trehy Harris – mixing assistant
  • Christopher Hicks – album producer
  • Hit-Boy – producer
  • DJ Tay James – scratches
  • Jaycen Joshua – mixing
  • Dennis "Agsfuction
  • Dan Kanter – producer
  • Kemal + Karla – stylist
  • Rob Kinelski – engineer
  • Dave Kutch – mastering
  • Karen Kwak – A&R
  • Nolan Lambroza – arranger, instruments, producer, programming, vocal arrangement
  • Andre Lindal – producer
  • Ludacris – rap
  • Kim Lumpkin – production A&R coordinator
  • Thomas Lumpkins – backing vocals
  • Jacob Luttrell – producer
  • Peter Mack – assistant engineer
  • Bei Maejor – producer
  • Fabian Marasciullo – mixing
  • Scott Marcus – A&R coordination
  • Manny Marroquin – mixing
  • Max Martin – producer, vocal mixing, vocal producer
  • Sarah McCann – A&R coordination
  • MdL – producer
  • Adam Messinger – arranger, instruments, producer, programming, vocal arrangement
  • Nicki Minaj – rap
  • Greg Morgan – backing vocals, sound design
  • Matthew Musto – guitar producer
  • Nasri – additional vocals, arranger, backing vocals, producer, vocal arrangement
  • Chris "Tek" O'Ryan – engineer
  • The Pentagon – Producer
  • Dave Poler – mixing assistant
  • Mike Posner – keyboards, producer
  • Vanessa Price – grooming
  • Usher Raymond IV – executive producer
  • Ariel Rechtshaid – producer
  • Artie Reynolds – bass
  • August Rigo – backing vocals
  • Michael Ripoll – guitar
  • Ramon Rivas – assistant engineer
  • Daniela Rivera – additional/assistant engineer
  • Todd Russell – art direction, creative director, design
  • Travis Sayles – piano, producer, strings
  • Gennaro Schiano – assistant engineer
  • Scooter Braun Projects – management
  • Phil Seaford – mixing assistant
  • j.Que Smith – producer
  • soFLY & Nius – producers
  • Soundz – producer, programming
  • Jame creative director, photography production
  • Zedd – instrumental mixing, keyboards, producer, programming

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[82] Gold 35,000^
Brazil (ABPD)[83] 3× Platinum 120,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[84] 2× Platinum 160,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[85] 2× Platinum 40,000^
Italy (FIMI)[86] Platinum 60,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[87] 3× Platinum 180,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[88] Gold 10,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[89] Gold 20,000^
Sweden (GLF)[90] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[91] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[92] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history

Region Date Label
Australia[93] June 15, 2012 Universal Music
Germany[94]
Ireland[95] Def Jam, Mercury
United Kingdom[96] June 18, 2012
Philippines[97] MCA Music
United States[98] June 19, 2012 Schoolboy, RBMG, Island
Poland[99] Universal Music
Japan[100] June 20, 2012

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