Justin Bieber Teases First Solo Song in Years

Even though it’s been almost two years since Justin Bieber’s last official album, the radio waves have not lacked for new Bieber music. He’s on two song of the summer contenders this year alone. But, fire features notwithstanding, it’s been a minute since we got new solo music from JB.

That’s about to change this week though, as the megastar tweeted out what appears to be the cover art for a new track he plans to drop on Thursday. The song is titled “Friends,” and along with Justin, the artwork lists Bloodpop, which serves as a major indicator to how this new track might sound.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Blood appears several times on the liner notes for Purpose, with production credits on “Mark My Words,” “I”ll Show You,” and most importantly, “Sorry.” It stands to reason then, that “Friends” will be more in that vein: tropical, summery, with an EDM/dance twinge and radio catnip. AKA, Bieber doing what he does best.

The move comes just weeks after Bieber made news by abruptly canceling his tour, so it’s a little surprising to see him releasing new music when we all assumed he was going to fall back for a while. For Bloodpop’s part, since working with Bieber he’s logged significant placements on Lady Gaga’s most recent album, as well as Haim’s latest single “Want You Back.”  So far, the two are 3 for 3 on collabs, so it's basically a scientific guarantee that “Friends” will be fire as well. For more on what we expect from Justin's new song, watch the video above.

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Rappin’ 4-Tay Blasts Drake For Copying ‘Playaz Club’ Lyrics

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By Rob Markman

It’s often said that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but Bay Area veteran MC Rappin’ 4-Tay doesn’t seem too impressed with Drake‘s latest lyrics.

Drizzy makes a stand-out appearance on YG‘s latest single “Who Do You Love” and rap diehards will surely find Drake’s opening bars familiar. “I gotta shorty named Texas Sin/ She got a buddy named Young JB and now you know the deal/ We turnt up in the studio, late night/ That’s why the songs that you hear coming real tight,” the OVO boss rhymes.

New Song w/ @YG Feat @Drake In This Song Drake Copys My Lyrics & Lines From My PlayazClub Song & Pays No Homage! ???,” 4-Tay tweeted on Monday with a YouTube link to YG’s song.

 

The similarities in Drizzy’s lyrics and the ones from 4-Tay’s 1994 “Playaz Club” track are pretty apparent. 4-Tay starts his verse spitting: “I gotta hoe named Reel-To-Reel/ She got a buddy named SP-12, now you know the deal/ We gets freaky in the studio late-night/ That’s the why the beats that you hear coming real tight.”

It’s common practice for new MCs to interpolate lyrics from rappers that came before them. Jay Z has often done it to pay homage to his late-friend the Notorious B.I.G., and a scan of any relevant rapper’s discography will most likely uncover the lyrics of another. So, should Drake be excused because it’s common rap practice or does 4-Tay have a legitimate gripe?