Friends (Justin Bieber and BloodPop song)

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"Friends"
Justin Bieber and BloodPop Friends.jpg
Single by Justin Bieber and BloodPop
Released August 17, 2017 (2017-08-17)
Format Digital download
Genre
Length 3:09
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • BloodPop
Justin Bieber singles chronology
"2U"
(2017)
"Friends"
(2017)

"Friends" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Bieber and American record producer and songwriter BloodPop. It was written by Bieber, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter and BloodPop, with production handled by BloodPop, the song was released through GENPOP Corporation, RBMG Records, School Boy Records, Def Jam Recordings and Republic Records on August 17, 2017. It is Bieber's first single credited as lead artist to be released in over a year, the previous being "Company", which was released in March 2016 for his studio album Purpose (2015), the song peaked at number one in five countries and the top ten in another nineteen. It peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background[edit]

In July, Bieber played fans a clip of the song at Milan Airport,[1] on August 13, 2017, Bieber first teased the single by tweeting: "Can we still be friends". On August 14, 2017, Bieber announced an upcoming release on Twitter and Instagram, the accompanied artwork featured a monochrome illustration of two birds tearing apart a worm in front of highlighter yellow text,[2][3][4][5] captioning: "New music. Thursday noon".[6][7][8] Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter later revealed on social media that they co-wrote the single.[9][10]

Critical reception[edit]

Hugh McIntyre of Forbes opined that "everything about the song is polished and perfectly suited to take over radio waves for the remainder of the summer".[11] Spencer Kornhaber of The Atlantic called the single "sleek electro" and "the zillionth child of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" to approach the public in the past three decades". He wrote that BloodPop provided "an insistent beat", "a tight verse-prechorus-chorus structure" and "an on-trend wordless hook".[12] Jordan Sargent of Spin thinks that the four songwriters "seem to nod overtly at that song", and that the song "has the same little between-beat drum fills as 'Sorry', as well as its pitched-up vocal counterpoints".[13] Beth Shilliday of Hollywood Life concluded: "It has all of [BloodPop's] incredible beats that flow between pop and EDM so flawlessly. Just add the Biebs' sexy voice and it's the recipe for a musical win!"[14] Brittany Spanos of Rolling Stone felt that Bieber "traded in the tropical house leanings of his previous solo hits for a more pop direction" with this song.[15] Maeve McDermott of USA Today opined that the song "finally jailbreaks Bieber from the soulless trop-house prison of his other EDM one-offs".[16] Nicholas Hautman of Us Weekly called the song an "EDM-inspired tune".[17] Jordan Coley of The Ringer described the song as "189 seconds of vacuously standard Bieber fare".[18] Shannon Carlin of Bustle regarded the track as "a summer jam" and felt that "it was catchy as hell".[19] Alicia Adejobi of International Business Times thinks that the song "laced over an EDM beat".[20] Phil Witmer of Vice wrote that the song "pretty much sounds like a synth-disco remix" of "Sorry", in which "the chord progression is the exact same".[21] Beatrice Hazlehurst of Paper called the song "a shameless club banger".[22]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[23]

  • Justin Bieber – songwriting
  • BloodPop – songwriting, production, keyboard, background vocals, bass, synthesizer
  • Julia Michaels – songwriting, background vocals
  • Justin Tranter – songwriting
  • Josh Gudwin – engineering, recording engineering
  • Michael Freeman – assistant mixing
  • Spike Stent – mixing

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Argentina (Monitor Latino)[24] 16
Australia (ARIA)[25] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[26] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[27] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[28] 27
Brazil (Billboard Hot Pop & Popular)[29][30] 14
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[31] 4
Costa Rica (Monitor Latino)[32] 18
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[33] 3
Denmark (Tracklisten)[34] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[35] 2
France (SNEP)[36] 8
Germany (Official German Charts)[37] 5
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[38] 30
Hungary (Single Top 40)[39] 5
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[40] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[41] 4
Italy (FIMI)[42] 10
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[43] 22
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)[44] 4
Lebanon (Lebanese Top 20)[45] 1
Lithuania (M-1 Top 40)[46] 13
Mexico (Billboard Ingles Airplay)[47] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[48] 6
Netherlands (Mega Top 50)[49] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[50] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[51] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[52] 1
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[53] 45
Portugal (AFP)[54] 6
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[55] 4
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[56] 27
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[57] 1
Slovenia (SloTop50)[58] 16
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[59] 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[60] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[61] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[62] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[63] 20
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[64] 17
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[65] 44
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[66] 11
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[67] 19

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[68] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[69] Platinum 80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[70] Gold 30,000^
Italy (FIMI)[71] Gold 25,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[72] Gold 15,000*
Sweden (GLF)[73] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[74] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States None 137,419[75]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
Various August 17, 2017 Digital download [23]
Italy August 18, 2017 Contemporary hit radio Universal [76]
United Kingdom August 19, 2017 Virgin EMI [77]
United States August 22, 2017
  • RBMG
  • School Boy
  • Def Jam
  • Republic
[78]
Rhythmic contemporary radio [79]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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