Justin Bieber wants you to meet him under his umbrella-ella-ella.
On “Heartbreaker,” the first release as part of his #MusicMondays series—he’ll release a new song each Monday for 10 weeks—Bieber wants you back. “Girl you don’t know how I feel/since you ran away/Any chance you could take my call/if I dialed you today,” he sings in the slow jam.
Bieber has made the right move: there are no guest on the album and the spoken part, instead of handing that over to a rapper, is handled by Bieber himself. He’s positioning himself as the sensitive, vulnerable one who is in the throes of heartache: “Girl, you see me standing here/any chance you could stay right here and never go away,” he sings as he longs to get his girl back.
It sounds like the R&B pop song is directed toward his off-and-on-again girlfriend Selena Gomez, as he speaks, “I know it hasn’t been easy for us to talk with everybody being around/but this is personal/this is from me to you/and I want you to know I still love you/I know the seasons may change/that sometimes love goes from sunshine to rain/but I’m under this umbrella and I’m calling your name.”
On Twitter, Bieber pasted a comment he made to iTunes about the song's origin: "It's a song for people going through a heartbreak - like I was when I wrote it. It means so much to me to be able to share what I was, and still am going through, with my fans. I'm very proud of this song and I hope it give[s] my fans some insight into my heart." He has since added that "each week the songs get better" and that "maybe u might get lucky with two songs in a week."
There isn’t much of a chorus, but this is more a transition song, one that’s meant to make us see that Bieber is growing up. With the backing vocals, he’s a one-man R&B group, but it works. "Heartbreaker" is the first single from Bieber's forthcoming album, out later this year.
Do you like "Heartbreaker?"