Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Is Justin Bieber’s Next Move to Christian Music? His Last Pop Album Came Out in 2015, Last Tour Ended in 2017, But This Week He Sang in Church


Is Justin Bieber moving to Christian music? Consider this: his most recent public performance was a few days ago, in church. Aside from making guest appearances on other people’s records (Despacito, I Don’t Care), Bieber has pretty much left his career track– one that he’s been on since he was a child.

Bieber’s last album, “Purpose,” came out in 2015. It was followed by a tour that ended in July 2017, abruptly, when he cancelled the last few dates. The tour is said to have grossed $260 million. That sounds like a lot but once you deduct manager’s 20%, expenses, payroll, taxes, etc it’s well below that number. The album sold 1.6 million copies in the US, a total of 4 million including streaming including singles.

Four years is a long time between albums, especially when you’re a teen act. By now Bieber’s fans have moved on to more adult music. The Jonas Brothers tried something like this, but made themselves relevant again going solo. A well crafted comeback has worked. But they really put the time in.

Bieber’s obviously battled depression and anxiety. He also got married this year to Hailey Baldwin, who is also an avowed Christian. Justin’s new world would make it hard to sing about getting it on with babes, partying, etc. So the turn to Christian music isn’t far fetched. The Christian market is huge and would certainly welcome him. But it’s possible his days in the mainstream music world are done. Thanks to Scooter Braun, we can only hope he’s got his money and it’s well invested.

He wrote on Instagram: “Sang at church last night. God is pulling me through a hard season. Having trust in Jesus at your worst times is the absolute hardest. But he is faithful to complete what he started. I also want to thank my wife for being such a huge support in my life through this season.. it says in the bible count it ALL JOY when you face trials of various kinds. Sounds insane considering when u face trials u feel terrible. But if we are grateful and worship god for what we do have in that season there is so much power in that… whatever pain you are going through just keep telling yourself THIS WONT LAST! Love you guys we in this together”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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