The Biebs is back! Justin Bieber has released his latest album and it’s causing some controversy on Twitter.
After releasing his 16-track “Justice” album Friday, Twitter users criticized the album’s title and some of the tracks featuring clips of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches. However, King’s daughter Bernice King co-signed Bieber’s new project in a tweet Thursday before the album’s release.
“Thank you, @justinbieber, for your support, in honor of #Justice, of @TheKingCenter’s work and of our #BeLove campaign,” King tweeted.
In the first song on the album, “2 Much,” Bieber opens with a clip of King saying “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” before singing about the love he has for his wife Hailey Bieber. The almost two minute long track “MLK Interlude” is made up entirely of a Martin Luther King Jr. speech.
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Twitter users were confused by the King soundbites and criticized Bieber for using them on an album mostly about marriage and love.
“im confused why this justin bieber album is called justice and has a whole mlk skit if it’s just about how in love he is with hailey bieber,” @iamabriannaa wrote.
Another user tweeted: “justin bieber using mlk speeches about justice… to sing about his white wife ?”
“justin bieber really wrote another collection of love songs to his wife, threw in a little one minute MLK speech and called the whole album ‘justice’ PLSs,” @toto_ali719 said.
Before “Justice” hit streaming services, Bieber listed several social justice organizations he would be donating to in honor of the album’s release. Among the organizations listed was The King Center, the organization where Bernice King sits as CEO.
In Bieber’s pre-release album, he encouraged others to also donate to organizations he listed.
“Each of us, including artists and entertainers, can do something,” King included in her Thursday tweet.
“Justice” comes a year after Bieber’s “Changes” album. Vocal appearances, aside from Martin Luther King Jr., include Khalid, Chance the Rapper, Burna Boy and Giveon.