Justin Bieber is in a sultry mood on “Change Me,” the latest song in the 19-year-old singer’s ongoing “Music Mondays” series. Over spare, moody piano chords, he murmurs, “I don’t want to be the same / Maybe you could change me.”
One suspects his legions of young female fans aren’t the only ones keen to take him up on that offer: Bieber’s bad-boy behavior this year has alienated his neighbors, the police in Brazil and a mayor in Australia over graffiti incidents, and fans in Argentina incensed by the way he treated an Argentine flag thrown on stage (he later apologized). Then there was his European tour earlier this year, which included abandoning a pet monkey, engaging in a screaming match with paparazzi, showing up late to a London concert and expressing his hope, through a guest-book inscription, that teenaged Holocaust victim Anne Frank would have been a “belieber.”
Bieber launched the Music Mondays series in October with “Heartbreaker,” the first of 10 promised songs. The singer also apparently has a Christmas movie on the way, according to a tweet this past summer from his manager, Scooter Braun. “Change Me” is the ninth song in the series, which means the last new tune is due next week.