Justin Bieber is all grown up, and he wants to be your boyfriend.
The 18-year-old pop star has reportedly found a little swagger with his latest single, recalling early Justin Timberlake from his Justified days. The song opens with a sparse, thumping beat and kicks into a chorus heavy with R&B-influenced instrumentation, as Bieber promises to “Swag, swag, swag on you.” Whatever that means?
Bieber fans who have grown up alongside their teen idol may appreciate the more adult tone he’s taking on this and other songs from his new album Believe, which hits stores later this year.
If he can manage the move from pop puppet to widely loved mainstream innovator and SNL digital short star, the younger Justin will have followed in the right footsteps. But he still has to avoid being torn to shreds by crazed teenage fans.