The last time Justin Bieber headed to the Land Down Under, he did so to attend a Hillsong Church assembly. The singer will be in full pop-star mode when he returns to the country later this month for a brief promo visit.
The Canadian artist will perform from a custom-made, so-called “Bieber Island” on Sydney Harbour on Sept. 30 for a special iHeartRadio Live Performance, reps for the digital music company announced Friday. Bieber will also visit Melbourne on his three-day trip from Sept. 27, though his diary details haven’t been shared.
The 21-year-old performer will use the visit to promote his fourth studio album, which will arrive Nov. 13 through RBMG / Def Jam Recordings. His new song, “What Do You Mean,” which he premiered at last weekends MTV VMAs, is the first single from it.
The singer was in Sydney as recently as June, when he joined the Hillsong faithful for its annual five-day gathering. The local press figured his stint with the Pentecostal mega-church and its followers was an attempt to atone for his bad behavior of recent years. On an earlier trip to Australia, Bieber made headlines when his graffiti work on the Gold Coast’s QT Hotel raised the hackles of the local mayor.
Bieber’s scheduled performance is one of 14 iHeartRadio Live events set to roll out Down Under over the next 12 months. The Internet radio service launched here in 2013 and now boasts more than 470,000 registered users, according to the head of iHeartRadio Australia Geraint Davies