Only 23 songs in Billboard’s history have automatically become number one the week they entered the chart. Justin Bieber’s lead single from his forthcoming 4th album is one of them, while also being the Canadian singer’s first chart-topper.
What Do You Mean inevitably drew comparisons with Bieber and Jack Ü’s successful collaboration Where Are Ü Now from earlier this year. While Empty Lighthouse Magazine believes that it “carries the same formula as his Jack Ü collaboration” and that it is another “bid into the EDM scene”, Billboard states that What Do You Mean “synthesizes the positive components of Where Are Ü Now and presents something warmer and friendlier, but no less nuanced or impressive.”
On the other hand, Forbes felt it had more in common with OMI’s Cheerleader, a previous number one: “it picks up where the remix of OMI’s Cheerleader left off, continuing to capitalize on our zeitgeist’s curious fascination with the intersection of the mellow and the danceable, the four-on-the-floor with the smooth.”
Bieber promises a departure for his new album, calling it “very personal” in an interview for Interview Magazine. “People will be able to really get in to where my heart is. It’s about my journey in life—stuff that I’ve been through” he says. “Maybe I can teach a lesson, certain things that are inspiring.”