Bieber released his sixth studio album ‘Justice’ back in March; it spawned the singles ‘Holy’, ‘Lonely’, ‘Anyone’, ‘Hold On’, ‘Ghost’, and the global smash hit ‘Peaches’ featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon. He followed this up with his ‘Freedom’ EP in April.
Artists with the most monthly listeners on Spotify:
#1 @justinbieber 91M
#2 @edsheeran 80.5M
#3 @theweeknd 78.1M
#4 @ArianaGrande 73.4M
#5 @DUALIPA 66.7M
#6 @Adele 66.2M
#7 @coldplay 62.3M
#8 @taylorswift13 60.7M
#9 @eltonofficial 60M
#10 @DojaCat 56.7M
— chart data (@chartdata) December 23, 2021
In a four-star review, NME‘s Will Lavin called ‘Justice’ “Bieber’s redemption song, and a more fitting follow-up to ‘Purpose’”.
“Armed with a newfound optimism borne from a dark place, he understands he’s better when he’s tapping into his own experiences, projecting relatable human emotion and working out why he’s here,” the review said. “He’s singing about the things he cares about: his wife, his mental health, social injustice and so much more besides.
“With bangers, ballads and heartfelt moments, the hopeless romantic with a penchant for self reflection and tackling world issues is back.”
Earlier this year, Bieber broke another Spotify record, when it was revealed he had racked up 83.3million listens in August. It was the first time such a number has been achieved by an artist in the same period. The previous record was held by Ariana Grande who, for a while, was steadily sitting around the 82million mark.
The song, taken from the pop star’s third album ‘÷ (Divide)’, reached the milestone on Wednesday (December 22) – after initially being released on the streaming service back in January, 2017.
Speaking on the achievement in a video shared by Spotify, Sheeran said he couldn’t be more “chuffed” about the news, calling it, “absolutely insane”, before discussing the origin of the song.