Love Me (Justin Bieber song)

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"Love Me"
A teenage male stands in front of a colorful animated background.
"Love Me" cover
Promotional single by Justin Bieber from the album My World
Released October 26, 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009; Serenity Sound Recording Studio
(Cincinnati, Ohio)
Side 3 Studios
(Denver, Colorado)
Genre Electropop, R&B, dance-pop
Length 3:12
Label Island, RBMG
Writer Peter Hernandez, Phillip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Peter Svensson, Nina Persson
Producer Bill Malina, DJ Frank E
My World track listing
"One Less Lonely Girl"
(2009)
"Love Me"
(7)
"First Dance"
(8)

"Love Me " is a song by Canadian recording artist, Justin Bieber. The track was written by Bruno Mars, Ari Levine, and Phillip Lawrence, and produced by Bill Malina and DJ Frank E. It was released exclusively to iTunes as the first promotional single from his debut studio release, My World on October 26, 2009. An electropop song which also contains dance-pop and R&B music, the chorus interpolates the 1996 single "Lovefool" by the Swedish band The Cardigans. "Love Me" was one of the most well received tracks on the album, with critics complimenting its electro and club feel, and its usage of the "Lovefool" sample.

The song peaked in Canada and in the U.S. at twelve and thirty-seven, respectively. The song also charted in the United Kingdom on its main chart and R&B chart, and in Australia. The music video for the song was released on August 3, 2010 and serves as a "tribute to his worldwide fans, thanking them for their support". The dominant scenes are made of up of live performances, behind-the-scenes footage, and Bieber standing in front of a blue and white backdrop dancing. Bieber opened every show on his My World Tour with the song.

Background and composition[edit]

"Love Me" is described as " a widescreen club track" with "bubbly synths", and Bieber's now "signature croon"

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The song was produced by DJ Frank E at Side 3 Studios in Denver, Colorado. The song recorded by Bill Malina at Serenity Sound Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mixing was done by Dave Pensado and Jaycen-Joshua Fowler, at Larrabee Studios in North Hollywood, California. Taylor Graves and Bonnie McKee provided background vocals.[1] Bieber originally stated that the third single from his debut album to be released exclusively on iTunes would be an acoustic remix of his lead single, "One Time", and that it would be released on October 27, 2009.[2] However plans were changed, and a week before the release, Bieber announced that a new song, "Love Me" would be released. It was released a day early on October 26.[2] Bieber took to Twitter with his shock saying that he was surprised himself.[2]

"Love Me" is a pop song, which makes use of guitars/bass and drums sounds.[3][4] The chorus interpolates the song "Lovefool" by the Swedish band The Cardigans.[5] According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Universal Music Publishing, Ltd., "Love Me" is set in common time.[4] It is composed in the key of C minor with Bieber's vocals spanning from the low-note of Bb3 to the high-note of Eb5. The song follows in the chord progression of Cm–A–E–B[4]

Reception[edit]

The song was one of the most well received on the album. Mikael Wood of Entertainment Weekly said "Bieber's better on "Love Me", where he riffs on the Cardigans' "Lovefool" atop a killer electro-glam groove."[3] Mark Hirsh The Boston Globe, which was one of the few reviewers that gave the album a mixed analysis, said that "Love Me" was the essential song on the set.[6] Washington Post also cited the song as one of the album's best, referring to it as a "modest club track." [7] The New York Times said the track is "probably the only release in recent memory that owes debts to both the Cardigans."[8] Mike Diver of BBC Music called the song an "an electro-infused reinterpretation of The Cardigans' Lovefool, where Bieber exhibits the right kind of attitude, playful and endearing." Diver preferred Bieber in the song and wanted more of "the cheeky chap rightfully having the time of his young life", rather than the "adolescent playboy".[9] "Love Me" had debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 and Billboard Hot 100 at twelve and thirty-seven.[10] It spent twelve non-consecutive weeks on the Canadian chart and four in the United States.[10] On the week ending January 10, 2010, "Love Me" entered the UK Singles Chart at eighty-two, and later peaked at seventy-one.[10] It also debuted and peaked on the UK R&B chart at twenty-three, remaining on the chart for three weeks.[11] It debuted and peaked in Australia at 100.[12]

Promotion[edit]

Bieber making a heart with a blue background relative to the songs theme. Bieber seen performing in front of a large crowd.

The music video for "Love Me" was directed by Alfredo Flores with Bieber as co-director. It was released on August 3, 2010.[13] Bieber said the video serves as a "tribute to his worldwide fans, thanking them for their support". The dominant scenes are made of up of live performances. Other scenes of the video feature behind-the-scenes footage such as; rehearsal sessions, fan meet and greets, making radio appearances, jokingly walking around with toilet paper sticking out of his pants, and scenes with friends and family. Bieber's mentor, Usher, also makes an appearance in the video.[13] The video also incorporates Bieber standing in front of a "simple [white] backdrop" dancing and "draw[ing] hearts in the air, presumably directed at his loving fanbase" relative to the songs theme, "Love Me".[13] Bieber performed the song several times including at the new Microsoft Store grand opening in Mission Viejo, California, on the Fearless Tour, on his radio promotion tour and Jingle Ball tour, and CBS' The Early Show as a part of their Super Bowl programming.[14][15][16] He also performed it in an unaired segment of VH1's Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam, and at the 2010 Houston Rodeo with Selena Gomez.[17] Bieber performed the song at a concert at the Hollywood Palladium. In a review of the performance, August Brown of the Los Angeles Times, said commended the song, saying the song "tacks the indie-pop chorus from the Cardigans’ “Lovefool” onto en-vogue trance synthesizers and martial dance beats."[18]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009-010) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[12] 65
Canadian Hot 100[10] 12
UK Singles Chart[10] 71
UK R&B Chart[11] 23
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b My World digital album booklet via iTunes. (Island Records)
  2. ^ a b c "Justin Bieber - The Deal Behind "Love Me"". Soaps-Now!. Retrieved 2010-04-26. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b Wood, Mikael. Review: My World. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-11-17.
  4. ^ a b c Adam Messinger, Nasri Atweh, Justin Bieber, Kuk Harrell, Jaden Smith, Omarr Rambert (Composers and Lyricists) (2009). "Love Me: Justin Bieber Digital Sheet Music". Musicnotes.com (Musicnotes). Universal Music Publishing, Ltd. MN0086488 (Product Number). 
  5. ^ "Justin Bieber Borrows From The Cardigans for New Single 'Love Me'". MTV Newsroom. MTV Networks. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  6. ^ Justin Bieber, 'My World' - The Boston Globe. Boston Globe. Retrieved on 2009-12-08
  7. ^ "Quick Spins:Reviews of albums by Justin Bieber, Clipse, and Animal Collective". Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  8. ^ Caramanica, Jon (2009-11-22). "Review: My World". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  9. ^ Diver, Mike (2010-01-19). "BBC - Music - Review of Justin Bieber - My World". BBC Music. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Justin Bieber - Love Me - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  11. ^ a b "TOP 40 R&B SINGLES ARCHIVE". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  12. ^ a b "ARIA Charts". Pandora Archive. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  13. ^ a b c Landman, Gabriella (2010-08-03). "Justin Bieber Dedicates 'Love Me' Video To Fans". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  14. ^ "Justin Bieber Performs 'Love Me' At Jingle Ball". MTV News. MTV Networks (Viacom). Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  15. ^ "Justin Bieber Fans Cause Police To Shut Down Paris In-Store Appearance". WorldNews. 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  16. ^ "Justin Bieber Performs Mini Concert For The Early Show In Miami". Neon Limelight. 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  17. ^ "Justin Bieber ‘Love Me’ Live At Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam 2010". Popdirt. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  18. ^ Brown, August (2010-02-15). "Live review:Justin Bieber at the Hollywood Palladium". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 

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