Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay debut new single

Keilani Mayo, Staff Writer

Country and pop music fans were thrilled to see prominent country duo Dan + Shay and famous pop star Justin Bieber collaborate on a new single, “10,000 Hours”. After several days of teasing the project, the artists released the song on Oct. 4.

Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay bring a mixture of country and pop to create a lyrically beautiful love song. Justin Bieber referred “10,000 Hours” as “wedding music,” which is fitting because just four days before the song was released, Justin Bieber and his wife ceremonially ‘tied the knot.’ Dan + Shay were also in attendance at the wedding, and the trio unexpectedly performed their new song during the reception.

“10,000 Hours” is a song symbolizing the amount of time the artists are willing to devote to fully understand and love the women they are spending the rest of their lives with. It highlights the unconditional amount of love they are going to put forth. The lyrics alone show the artists’ commitment and affection with the lines “I’d spend 10,000 hours and 10,000 more / Oh, if that’s what it takes to learn that sweet heart of yours/ And I might never get there but I’m gonna try / If it’s 10,000 hours or the rest of my life/ I’m gonna love you.” At the wedding, when the three artists performed, it was Bieber’s way to reaffirm his devoted love and care for his newly wedded wife Hailey Bieber, formerly known as Hailey Baldwin.

In the music video, instead of bringing random women to act as their lovers, Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay bring their wives into the scene where they authentically and attentively express their admiration for them. There are three different scenarios in the video –– one for each artist to sing individually to their wife

Although they are primarily known for their country roots, Dan + Shay’s unique sound incorporates pop and soft melodies to reach not only country fans but all types of music lovers. Their ability to emotionally touch their listeners is best exemplified in their hit songs “Obsessed” and “Speechless.” Their music style allows their music to cross genres, so they can easily team up with other artists that are not in their country realm. Bieber’s renowned style, on the other hand, is characterized by more mainstream pop music trends. Most of Bieber’s hit songs, including “Baby”, “Love Yourself”, and “Sorry,” revolve around love and romantic affairs. Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber fit perfectly with one another because of the similar themes and messages in their music.

Fans were excited to see that Justin Bieber is still making new music after being in a hiatus. Bieber’s last album, “Purpose,” was released in 2015. From that time to now, Justin has created songs with other noteworthy artists such as DJ Khaled, Chris Brown, Ed Sheeran, and several others, but hasn’t birthed a new album of his own. Bieber stated that the reason he has not been making music was to be “focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have, as most of us have, so that I don’t fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be.” Bieber prioritized his personal needs so he can be mentally healthy to produce songs that everyone can take joy in. Rumors suggest that his next album will arrive by the end of 2019.

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