After dropping the surprise six-track EP Freedom, on Easter Sunday, Justin Bieber is returning to his first big release of 2021, Justice.
Bieber is performing Justice live from Paris this evening at 7 PM EST, 4 PM PST, exclusively on YouTube. YouTube Premium users will also be granted access to an exclusive virtual after-party that will take place after the livestream.
Bieber’s 2021 has been off to an incredible start. Shortly after the release of his new EP, Bieber took to social media to announce Freedom had arrived. “Freedom on all platforms,” he wrote. It appears that Bieber had always intended to drop the record on the Easter weekend, with lyrics including references to “Good Friday fish” and “Easter Sunday bun and cheese.”
Just a month before Freedom arrived, Bieber released Justice, which was met with critical and popular acclaim. NME gave ‘Justice’ a four-star review, writing “Last year’s ‘Changes’ saw the singer take a wrong turn, but here he’s back at his best, tapping into his personal experiences – with powerful results”. He followed up the album with an extended edition, called Triple Chucks Deluxe.
“With bangers, ballads and heartfelt moments, the hopeless romantic with a penchant for self-reflection and tackling world issues is back,” the review read.
Following the album’s release, Bieber was met with criticism for sampling speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King on the tracks “MLK Interlude” and “2 Much”. The singer-songwriter responded swiftly, explaining that he wasn’t “taught about Black history” during his Canadian upbringing.
“It was just not a part of our education system,” Bieber said [via Billboard]. “I think for me, coming from Canada and being uneducated and making insensitive jokes when I was a kid and being insensitive and being honestly just a part of the problem because I just didn’t know better. For me to have this platform to just share this raw moment of Martin Luther King Jr. in a time where he knew he was going to die for what he was standing up for.”