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Love Yourself

Justin Bieber

Album Purpose

Story of Song

A girl took advantage of Justin Bieber’s celebrity status to get into clubs! But there’s a lot more to it. Obviously the song is about a previous relationship and Justin didn’t deny it. In a phone call with (On Air with Ryan Seacrest) Justin said: “It’s definitely about someone in my past, someone who I don’t want to put on blast. It’s cool because so many people can resonate with that because how many women do we bring back that mom doesn’t really necessarily like?” About co-writing with Ed Sheeran, Justin said: “We wrote a song together and basically it’s one of my favorites on the album. It’s just me and a guitar and basically that’s how I started. I started playing on the street with a guitar and so it’s cool to go back to my roots.”

Release date

Released on December 9, 2015


Justin Bieber – Ed Sheeran – Benjamin Levin


Def Jam

Chart Rankings

US – 3

UK – 1


In the UK ‘Love Yourself’ reached number 1, replacing Bieber’s own hit ‘Sorry’. It’s also his ninth top ten and third consecutive chart-topping song from his album Purpose. The song achieved 253,000 downloads on the Digital Songs and 33.9 million streams on the Streaming Songs in the first 2 weeks.

Bieber made a record that only The Beatles and 50 Cent previously achieved by having three concurrent songs in the Billboard Hot 100’s top 5.

The song also peaked at number 1 in Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden, and was in the top ten charts in 12 countries around the world.  It was certified Platinum in Australia, New Zealand and Sweden, and certified Gold in Denmark and the UK.

Artist’s age on release date

Justin Bieber was 21 years old.

Cover Versions

Craig David. Amateur artists covered this song on YouTube.


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