“Lonely” marks the fifth collaboration between Canadian singer Justin Bieber and American producer Benny Blanco and was released on the 16th October 2020 through Friends Keep Secrets, Def Jam and Interscope Records. “Lonely” was written by Bieber, Blanco and Finneas O’Connell, with production done by Blanco and O’Connell.
“Lonely” is a slow emotional ballad that discusses Bieber’s life growing up in the public eye at such a young age. Speaking to various publications such as Express & Star, The Hit Network, NME and Entertainment Tonight, Bieber expressed his love for the track:
“When he [Blanco] and [Finneas] showed me this song to be honest it was hard to listen to considering how tough it was to get through some of these chapters… I went into the studio and sang through it which wasn’t easy but started to really see the importance of telling this story! It made me realise we all feel lonely at times! Being someone in my position I believe it is powerful to express vulnerability and that’s why I believe this song is so powerful!”.
Speaking to Billboard, Blanco revealed Bieber’s reluctance to release the song due to its vulnerability: “Because he’s like, ‘People know me for this thing and it’s like I’ve never been this raw.’ He’s raw on this song. This song brought us so much closer together. And it was just he’s really opening up on this and he’s super vulnerable.”
The music video for “Lonely” was released via Bieber’s YouTube channel on the 16th October 2020. Directed by Jake Schreier, it shows a young Bieber (played by Canadian actor Jacob Tremblay) making his way onto a stage in Bieber’s signature haircut and purple hoodie (at the time). The audience turns out to be Bieber now, watching Tremblay from the seats. In less than a week, the video had gathered almost 23 million views and well over 1.6 million likes.
Release Date: 16th October 2020
Songwriter/s: Justin Bieber, benny blanco & FINNEAS
Producer/s: benny blanco & FINNEAS
Label/s: Friends Keep Secrets / Def Jam / Interscope
Music Video Release Date: 16th October 2020
Music Video Director: Jake Schreier
Chart Rankings: Since its release, “Lonely” has charted at #38 on the US Billboard Adult Top 40 chart and #34 on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart.
The lyrics to “Lonely” can be read here: LINK
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