With “What Do You Mean” and “Sorry,” Justin Bieber‘s first two singles from upcoming fourth LP, Purpose, the singer explored an upbeat, danceable vibe. But his latest album tease, “I’ll Show You,” is a weighty, introspective electro-R&B jam. “This life’s not easy/I’m not made out of steel,” Bieber croons over atmospheric synthesizers. “Don’t forget that I’m human; don’t forget that I’m real / Act like you know me, but you never will.”
“I’ll Show You” is one of three Purpose tracks produced by EDM titan Skrillex, along with “Sorry” (co-produced by Blood) and the Jack Ü team-up “Where Are Ü Now.” The latest finds Bieber meditating on his maturation in the public spotlight, explaining that his many scandals (the night club urination, the confiscated monkey) were all part of learning “the hard way.”
“Sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing / When the pressure’s coming down like lighting,” he sings. “It’s like they want me to be perfect / But they don’t even know that I’m hurting.”
The song’s music video, directed by Rory Kramer, features Bieber roaming through lush mountainsides, gazing at nature from a cliff’s edge and skateboarding on top of a broken-down airplane.
Purpose, Bieber’s first album since 2012’s Believe (excluding the 2013 compilation Journals) features an array of high-profile collaborators, including Skrillex, Diplo, Big Sean (“No Pressure”), Travis Scott (“No Sense”), Halsey (“The Feeling”) and Ariana Grande (the deluxe edition remix of “What Do You Mean?”). The album is out November 13th.
Bieber revealed the LP’s track list last week on Instagram by sharing photos of graffiti on walls around the world.