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Justin Bieber’s Long-Awaited 5th Album, Changes, Has Finally Arrived

The titular “Changes” include a spiffy new moustache Photo: Will Heath/NBC

A lot has happened in the past five years. We’ve entered a new decade. We’ve learned what a Billie Eilish is and welcomed the Pussy Cat Dolls back into our lives. But one thing we haven’t had is new music from pop star Justin Bieber. That is until now. At midnight on Friday the 14th, otherwise known as Anna Howard Shaw Day Valentine’s Day, Biebs released his fifth studio album, Changes, his first since he took a needed break from recording music after releasing Purpose in November 2015. A lot has changed in Justin Bieber’s life since his last album. He very publicly broke up with his first love Selena Gomez, who is currently thriving! He watched The Notebook, got married to new love Hailey Bieber, and became the quintessential “wife guy”! He also at some point contracted Lyme disease. All of this, and more, is sure to be reflected upon in his latest album, otherwise what was the point of naming it Changes?

The rollout of Changes has had a few bumps along the road, with lead single “Yummy” only climbing to No. 2 on the charts, despite Bieber’s best efforts. That being said, Bieber was able to wrangle up a great group of featured artists for the 17-track album, including Summer Walker, Post Malone, Quavo, Travis Scott (not to be confused with his AI doppelgänger, “Trabisbott”), Kehlani, and Lil Dicky. Will the ultimate vibe of the album skew more “Yummy” (in my tummy) or more “God’s Plan” “Intentions”? Scroll down, stream the album, and decide for yourself.

Justin Bieber’s Long-Awaited 5th Album, Changes, Has Arrived