Purpose (Justin Bieber album)



Purpose


is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter

Justin Bieber

. It was released on November 13, 2015 by

Def Jam Recordings

and

School Boy Records

. It serves as the follow-up to Bieber’s third studio album


Believe


(2012), and it was developed after the release of his collection


Journals


(2013), which saw him in a more

R&B

direction. The album was created over a period of two years, in which Bieber struggled to find a musical direction for recording, scrapping each of these tracks many times. The album features guest vocals from

Travis Scott

,

Big Sean

and

Halsey

, and production help from

Skrillex

and

Diplo

. With the help of his personal friend and frequent collaborator

Jason Boyd

, Bieber started writing and recording with the idea of making an inspirational album that could encourage people through uplifting messages during a period of all his media scrutiny and his involvement in various misdemeanours, as well as his relationship with his former girlfriend

Selena Gomez

.

numerology, numbers, patterns, purpose

While working with

producer


Skrillex

, who has also been working along with his then-partner

Diplo

into their project

Jack Ü

, releasing their top 10 single ”

Where Are Ü Now

” (2015), featuring Bieber’s vocals, Bieber found the record’s sonic direction and worked with Skrillex on a handful of the album’s songs.

Purpose

was described as a mix of

dance-pop

and

EDM music

as well as including influences of

tropical house

in some tracks and live instruments such as

acoustic guitars

in some others, while lyrically addressing subjects such as

apologies

and

faith

. The album received generally favorable reviews from most

critics

, who praised its sound and deemed it his best album to date. Other critics, however, criticized its lyrical content, felt that the album focused excessively on his requests for forgiveness, and found him tiring.



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Skrillex
played a pivotal role on the album’s direction, producing six songs.



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Purpose

in 2015.



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Critic/Publication

List

Rank

Ref.



Entertainment Weekly

The 40 Best Albums of 2015

17

The 10 Best Pop Albums of 2015

7



Fuse

The 20 Best Albums of 2015

15



Rolling Stone

20 Best Pop Albums of 2015

11



Spin

The 25 Best Pop Albums of 2015

15



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Purpose


iTunes Store
pre-order edition (bonus track)

No.

Title

Writer(s)

Producer(s)

Length

14.

“What Do You Mean? (Remix)”

  • Bieber
  • Boyd
  • Levy
  • MdL
  • Bieber

3:24


51:37


Purpose


Spotify
edition (bonus track)

No.

Title

Writer(s)

Producer(s)

Length

14.

“What Do You Mean?”

  • Bieber
  • Boyd
  • Levy
  • MdL
  • Bieber

3:24


51:37


Purpose

No.

Title

Writer(s)

Producer(s)

Length

14.

“Been You”

  • Bieber
  • Boyd

  • Josh Abraham
  • Green
  • Oliver “Oligee” Goldstein
  • Saul Alexander “A.C.” Castillo Vasquez
  • Abraham
  • Oligee
  • Maejor

  • A.C.

3:19

15.

“Get Used to It”

  • Bieber
  • Boyd
  • Green
  • Abraham
  • Ely Weisfield
  • Hartikainen
  • Gudwin
  • Vasquez
  • Abraham
  • Hartikainen
  • Maejor

  • A.C.

3:58

16.

“We Are”

  • Harris
  • Boyd
  • DK The Punisher

3:22

17.

“Trust”

  • Bieber
  • Boyd
  • Jackson
  • Jackson
  • DJ Tay James

3:23

18.

“All in It”

  • Bieber
  • Boyd
  • Jackson
  • Levy
  • Gudwin
  • Jackson
  • MdL

  • Gudwin

3:51


66:06


Purpose

No.

Title

Writer(s)

Producer(s)

Length

19.

“Hit the Ground”

  • Skrillex
  • Watt

  • Bell

3:48

20.

“The Most”

  • Bieber
  • Boyd
  • Rubin Brutus
  • Ware
  • Wallace Joseph
  • Ware
  • Brutus

3:20


73:14


Purpose

No.

Title

Writer(s)

Producer(s)

Length

21.



Home to Mama


  • Strahle
  • Gudwin

3:23

22.

“What Do You Mean?”

  • Bieber
  • Boyd
  • Levy
  • MdL
  • Bieber

23.

“What Do You Mean?”

  • Bieber
  • Boyd
  • Levy
  • MdL
  • Bieber


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    signifies a co-producer

  • “Get Used to It” was mislabeled as “Get Used to Me” on early CD pressings.



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  • Korey Aaron – assistant
  • Henrique Andrade – engineer, assistant, mixing assistant
  • Chelsea Avery –

    A&R
  • Axident –

    producer
  • Jennifer Beal – package production
  • Philip Beaudreau – trumpet
  • Justin Bieber –

    executive producer

    , lead vocals, producer
  • Big Sean – featured artist

  • Benny Blanco

    – instrumentation, producer, programming
  • Blood – producer
  • Jason Boyd – A&R, producer
  • Scott “Scooter” Braun – A&R, executive producer, producer
  • Leesa D. Brunson – A&R
  • Chris Burkard – photography
  • Maddox Chhim –

    mixing assistant
  • Leroy Clampitt –

    bass
  • Simon Cohen – engineer
  • Josh Connolly – engineer
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
  • Mike Dean – producer
  • Diplo – featured artist, mixing, producer
  • Theron Feemster –

    piano
  • Chris Galland – mixing assistant
  • Jimmy Giannos – keyboards
  • Mark “Exit” Goodchild – engineer
  • Josh Gudwin – A&R, engineer, mixing, producer, vocal engineer
  • Halsey – featured artist
  • Brandon Harding – mixing assistant
  • Nico Hartikainen – producer
  • Seif “Mageef” Hussain – production coordination
  • Mark “the Mogul” Jackson – piano, producer
  • Samuel Jacquet – engineer
  • Steve James – producer
  • Jaycen Joshua – mixing

  • Dominic Jordan

    – drums
  • Terese Joseph – A&R
  • Ryan Kaul – mixing assistant
  • Ian Kirkpatirck – producer
  • Andrew Luftman – production coordination
  • Manny Marroquin – mixing
  • Randy Merrill – mastering
  • Julia Michaels – background vocals
  • Zeke Mishanec – assistant, mixing assistant

  • Chris “Tek” O’Ryan

    – engineer, vocal engineer
  • Teddy Photo – background vocals
  • Jimmy Powers – guitar
  • Andy Proctor – package production
  • Johannes Raassina – engineer

  • Usher Raymond IV

    – executive producer
  • David Rodriguez – assistant
  • Gregg Rominiecki – engineer
  • Jon Schacter – assistant
  • Bart Schoudel – engineer
  • Andreas Schuller – percussion
  • Ike Schultz – mixing assistant
  • Chris Sclafani – engineer
  • Travis Scott – featured artist
  • Jessica Severn – graphic design, packaging
  • Cooper Sebastian – graphic design, digital
  • Sasha Sirota – bass
  • Skrillex – A&R, featured artist, mixing, producer
  • Jeremy Snyder – producer
  • Derrick Stockwell – mixing assistant
  • Big Taste – producer
  • Trevon Trapper – background vocals
  • Dylan William – vocal engineer
  • James Wong – guitar
  • Andrew Wuepper – mixing



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    The alternative cover was reportedly created by Bieber’s team after several Muslim nations across the Middle East, as well as Indonesia, took issue with Bieber being shirtless in the artwork and flaunting his cross tattoo, promoting Christianity.



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