Justin Bieber, one of pop’s most prolific artists between his 2009 arrival and 2013’s Journals, essentially took 2014 off as a recording artist, with only a few featured tracks and remixes highlighting his studio output. That hiatus will likely end in 2015, according to a few recent Instagram posts from the Biebs and his longtime manager, Scooter Braun.
“My break is for a reason. U will soon see 🙂 thank u for your patience,” Bieber posted as an Instagram caption on Saturday (Dec. 27), with a photo that has garnered 1 million likes on the platform. Two days later, Braun tagged Bieber in an Instagram photo that labeled 2013 as “Practice,” 2014 as “The Warm Up” and 2015 as “Game Time.” It’s likely Braun was referencing Bieber’s musical output and not his improving skateboarding skills… unless 2015 will see the Biebs competing in the X Games?
Bieber’s last proper album, Believe, was released in June 2012, and when Believe Acoustic hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in early 2013, Bieber became the youngest artist to ever score five No. 1 albums. His Journals compilation album was released in December 2013, but its sales went unreported.
While Bieber was quiet on the recording front in 2014, he spent the year dealing with various run-ins with the law following his first arrest last January in Miami Beach, on suspicion of driving under the influence. He also apologized in June when an old video of him singing the N-word surfaced online.