Justin Bieebr made fans wait five years in between his two most recent full-lengths, but it seems the pop singer is now making up for all that quiet time with an incredible amount of new music.
Just a short time ago, the Canadian chart-topper surprise-released a new EP titled Freedom, which is now available. The singer-songwriter let the world know the collection had dropped simply by posting a screenshot of his notes app online with the word “Freedom.,” and he captioned the pic “Freedom on all platforms.”
The release of the Freedom EP comes as a shock to millions of Beliebers all around the world, and not just because he’d never mentioned the project before. The set arrives just over two weeks after his latest album Justice dropped, which he’d been promoting for months with hit single after hit single. That title is currently still sitting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, though its successor has been named. Bieber will remain atop the albums chart until this Tuesday morning, when Billboard will refresh the list, and rapper Rod Wave’s SoulFly will open in the peak spot (something that’s already been announced).
Just one week after releasing Justice, Bieber returned with the deluxe edition of the No. 1 title, adding half a dozen more tunes to the lengthy set. The expanded album, officially titled the Triple Chucks Deluxe, came loaded with songs featuring Tori Kelly, Lil Uzi Vert, Quavo, Jaden and DaBaby.
Freedom is also just six songs long, and just one of those tracks doesn’t feature any other musician. Those credited on the short project are largely up-and-comers, including BEAM (also featured on Justice), Chandler Moore, Brandon Love, Judah Smith, Pink Sweats and Lauren Walters, while labelmate Tori Kelly also took part in the recording.
Due to the fact it was released midday on Sunday (April 4), where Freedom will rank on the Billboard 200 in a week or so is difficult to predict. Unlike most Bieber projects, it probably won’t compete for the top spot, though a top 10 start isn’t out of the question. Bieber’s Justice is in the running for a second frame atop the all-genre albums roster, and it’s trying to beat both Wave’s SoundFly and new release Destined 2 Win by Lil Tjay, all of which are likely to occupy the highest three rungs on the chart that will be published on Tuesday, April 9.
While fans waited patiently between the 2015 release of Bieber’s album Purpose and 2020 drop of Changes, he’s now given listeners more than two dozen new cuts in the span of just one month.