Justin Bieber Rides Heartbreak in New Song 'Roller Coaster'

Singer channels overseas loneliness on his latest 'Music Mondays' tune

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Justin Bieber channels long-distance heartache on his funky new track "Roller Coaster," the latest installment of his "Music Mondays" series. 

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"People come and go," Bieber sings over disco strings and synthesized bass, his voice morphing from a breezy falsetto to a deeper croon. "It's nights like this that I never, ever missed you more." He gets even more specific on the chorus: "Lonely overseas, only memories/ Wish I had the key to your heart."

But unlike many of Bieber's recent "Music Mondays" tracks (like last week's spacey slow-jam "PYD," featuring guest vocals from R. Kelly), "Roller Coaster" isn't melancholy. In fact, it's one of his most danceable tracks in recent memory: if the title weren't enough of a clue, the track's main groove sounds like a slowed-down homage to the Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster," the iconic funk anthem from their 1975 LP Honey.

Bieber's "Music Mondays" series will continue through mid-December and Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, says the singer is planning to release a "special movie on Christmas." Meanwhile, Bieber's South American tour has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons: he's been accused of spray-painting graffiti on a wall in Rio de Janeiro and debasing the flag of Argentina during a concert in Buenos Aires. In Brazil, a woman filmed him sleeping in his hotel room, and he faced a crowd of boos in Argentina after cutting a concert short due to food poisoning.