LONDON (Reuters) – Canadian pop star Justin Bieber released his first solo single in four years on Friday, kicking off a career comeback that will see him release a new album, go on tour and star in a documentary series this year.
The 25-year-old, who found fame as a baby-faced teenager, told fans last month he would release his fifth studio album in 2020, his first since 2015’s “Purpose”.
Bieber’s new R&B single “Yummy” appears to pay tribute to his model wife Hailey Baldwin, whom he married for a second time last year, with lyrics such as “I’m elated that you are my lady” and “You got that yummy-yum”.
Bieber, who pulled out of his 2017 “Purpose” world tour saying he needed rest, last year took to Instagram to talk about his struggles with “deep-rooted issues” saying he was putting new music on hold.
“As humans we are imperfect. My past, my mistakes, all the things that I’ve been through, I believe that I’m right where I’m supposed to be and God has me right where he wants me,” Bieber said in a video last week, in which he also listed dates for a North American tour.
“I feel like this is different than the previous albums just because of where I’m at in my life.”
While “Yummy” is his first solo single in a while, Bieber has collaborated with others, including DJ Khaled and Ed Sheeran, on different records in the last few years.
Earlier this week, YouTube – where Bieber first found fame as a 13-year-old – said a 10-part documentary series “Justin Bieber: Seasons”, in which the “Baby” and “Sorry” singer talks about his new album and personal life, would launch on the video platform on Jan. 27.
Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Susan Fenton