Justin Bieber starts off 2021 with a new single and a new video. The new single, titled “Anyone,” is a slow-burning, synth-driven ballad that rises up into a big chorus with soaring vocal harmonies.
The video, directed by Colin Tilley, is inspired by Rocky and depicts Bieber as a boxer in training. Though unlike the Italian Stallion in the original film, Bieber manages to land a knockout punch. It also stars Zoey Deutch, who has starred in the films The Professor, Set It Up, and The Year of Spectacular Men.
Following the video’s debut, Bieber posted a behind-the-scenes time-lapse video to his Instagram depicting the process of getting his numerous tattoos covered up for the visual.
Bieber premiered “Anyone” live during a New Year’s Eve live-streamed performance, which was his first live show since 2017. It follows a long string of singles from throughout the year, which includes his collaboration with Ariana Grande, “Stuck With U,” as well as “Holy,” featuring Chance the Rapper,” and “Lonely” with Benny Blanco. He also recently appeared on the Shawn Mendes track “Monster,” from Mendes’ new album Wonder. Bieber also recently released a new cover of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” in December.
Justin Bieber’s most recent album, Changes, was released on February 14, 2020, and reached No. 1 on both the US and Canadian album charts. It’s been certified platinum in the US., selling over 1 million copies and streaming equivalents. Changes includes the hit singles “Yummy,” “Intentions” featuring Quavo, and “Get Me,” featuring Post Malone and Clever, and is nominated for a 2021 Grammy for Best Pop Album.
In 2020, Bieber — at 25 years old — became the youngest solo artist to have seven No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200. Elvis Presley previously held the record at 26 years old.
Bieber canceled his tour plans behind Changes in 2020 due to Covid-19 safety protocols, but he has tentative plans to return to live performances in June.