Last year, I did something risky. I came out — as a Belieber. For the better part of 2014 and ’15, Justin Bieber had made a concerted effort to rid himself of his clean-cut child star image by any means necessary. But through messy public antics that made their way into the tabloids — such as egging his neighbor’s house — he also acquired the reputation of a major douche. And while perhaps this rebellious phase was necessary for his personal growth, he really could have skipped the drama and just released his excellent album Purpose, which won over a new crowd of grown-up fans and made any memories of JB’s teeny bopper days fade into the distance. Purpose shows Bieber maturing into a sultry vocal style that works well with sexy R&B production (such as the dark, sensual “No Sense” featuring Travi$ Scott) as well as house (like the Diplo- and Skrillex-produced “Where Are Ü Now”). Catch Bieber fever at Oracle Arena on March 18.
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