If Kanye West’s moved on from 808s & Heartbreak, well, Justin Bieber decided to pick up where he left off. Don’t call it plagiarism; call it creative borrowing. He knows what’s going on. Just check out this album art:
Don’t let that “borrowing” make you write off “Heartbreaker” immediately. The song’s as much Kanye-influenced in melody as it is in cover art — Old Kanye, whose sadness echoed through “Love Lockdown.” That heartbroken Kanye is what New Bieber is going for: “Don’t tell me you’re my heartbreaker / ‘Cause, girl, my heart’s breaking.” If you’d like to match this song up to his extremely public breakup with Selena Gomez, you’re welcome to (” … despite all the imperfections of who I am, I still wanna be your man / I know it hasn’t been easy for us to talk with everyone being around”), but perhaps it’s better paired with our currently reigning sadcore champ Drake. You boys need to get (back) together and start commiserating, ASAP.