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Musician Justin Bieber has been a household name since February 2010 when his song “Baby” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Bieber released four albums before going on hiatus in 2017 and canceling the remaining dates on his Purpose World Tour due to “unforeseen circumstances.” This came after he had a wild streak in 2014 which included being arrested on a DUI charge after drag racing, egging a neighbor’s house and smoking marijuana on a plane in which the pilots and crew had to wear gas masks. Bieber also revealed in a 2019 interview with Vogue magazine that he had been abusing Xanax.

Over four years have passed since Bieber released new music. However, the 25-year-old singer announced his comeback with the release of his single “Yummy” Jan. 3 after teasing new music on Instagram and Twitter. This catchy, playful song, which can be annoying at times due to how much radio play it has received, reflects on his love for his wife, Hailey Bieber.

On Jan. 27, Bieber announced his fifth album “Changes,” released his second single “Get Me,” which features contemporary R&B singer Kehlani, and premiered his YouTube Originals documentary “Seasons.”

Bieber’s final single, “Intentions,” features Quavo, a member of the rap group Migos. The song was released Feb. 7 and was accompanied by a music video. It is a very upbeat track that’s backed by ringtone-sounding beats and lyrics that shower praise on a woman, which one could assume is his wife. However, the video features numerous stories of women involving education, foster care and homelessness, as well as their intentions to make differences within their communities.

On Feb. 8, Bieber performed “Yummy” and “Intentions” as a musical guest on “Saturday Night Live,” which was hosted by RuPaul.

Bieber mentions Hailey’s love and what it means to him on the album’s first two tracks, “All Around Me” and “Habitual.”

The song that took me by surprise was “E.T.A.,” a guitar-backed, R&B-sounding ballad with Bieber’s sultry crooning and signature falsettos. This song, along with the title track “Changes,” “That’s What Love Is” and “At Least For Now” are just a few songs on the album to veer away from the pop-heavy influence that’s seen in the middle of the album.

It’s clear that Bieber’s relationship with Hailey served as a major inspiration during the album’s writing process, seeing that a majority of the 16 songs have references to the way he loves her or how she helped get him back on his feet.

While I was a huge “Belieber” throughout middle school, I ventured away from his music due to his bad-boy antics. However, upon listening to “Changes,” it’s clear that Bieber has rediscovered himself and his place in the music industry after taking the necessary time off to turn his life around.

Rating: 9.5/10