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Lonely” is a song by Justin Bieber and benny blanco from Justice album.


Background[]

Rumors of the title started when Justin Bieber posted a status feeling lonely.[1] Benny Blanco then posted a screenshot of Justin's tweet "One Less _____ Girl" on his Instagram story. Bieber confirmed the title on Instagram TV, posting a video of Hailey hiking dubbed with a song named Lonely, produced by boi1da. The description read "[...] (ps @itsbennyblanco I think there's more to say though regarding lonely what do you think??).

Release[]

Benny Blanco had long talks with Justin where he questioned whether or not he should even put this song out because it's so personal.[2]

Audio[]

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1: Justin Bieber]
Everybody knows my name now
But something 'bout it still feels strange
Like looking in the mirror
Tryna steady yourself and seeing somebody else
And everything is not the same now
It feels like all our lives have changed
Maybe when I'm older, it'll all calm down
But it's killing me now

[Pre-Chorus: Justin Bieber]
What if you had it all but nobody to call?
Maybe then you'd know me
'Cause I've heard everything
But no one's listening
And that's just fucking lonely

[Chorus: Justin Bieber]
I'm so lo-o-o-onely
Lo-o-o-onely

[Verse 2: Justin Bieber]
Everybody knows my past now
Like my house was always made of glass
And maybe that's the price you pay
For the money and fame at an early age
And everybody saw me sick
And it felt like no one gave a shit
They criticized the things I did
As an idiot kid

[Pre-Chorus: Justin Bieber]
What if you had it all but nobody to call?
Maybe then you'd know me
'Cause I've heard everything
But no one's listening
And that's just fucking lonely

[Chorus: Justin Bieber]
I'm so lo-o-o-onely
Lo-o-o-onely
I'm so lo-o-o-onely
Lo-o-o-onely


Music video[]

Lonely
General information
Shot August 18, 2020
Released
Director(s) Jake Schreier
Length 2:38
Cinematography by
Editor(s)
Producer(s) Park Pictures / Cody Ryder / Jackie Kelman Bisbee (executive)
Choreographer
Location

Jacob Tremblay plays the role as young Justin Bieber.

The video shows how depressed Justin was on tour as a kid, showing how different and sad his life was backstage, while he was putting on a show and a smile in front of people.

Young Justin goes on stage in a huge theatre, with all seats empty except one, in which older Justin sits and watches his younger self.


Performances[]

Awards and nominations[]

YEAR AWARD NOMINATION RESULT
2020 JOOX Top Music Year-End Awards Malaysia Top 5 International Hits Won
2021 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Music Collaboration Nominated
Vevo Certified Awards 100 Millions Views Won

Accolades[]

Publication List Rank
Los Angeles Time The 50 Best Songs of 2020 Placed

Chart and commercial performance[]

Billboard[]

Lonely debuted #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, #8 (peak position) in the Billboard Global 200 Excl. U.S. chart, and #5 (peak position) in the Billboard Gobal 200 chart. Months later, the song got more radio spins, itunes sales and was for several days the most "shazamed" song of U.S. Thanks to that, Lonely reached his peak position on the Billboard Hot 100; #12.

Rolling Stones[]

The song debuted and peaked #5 in the Rolling Stone chart.

UK Chart[]

Lonely peaked 17 in the UK Official Chart. And charted 13 weeks.

WorldWide[]

US Radios[]

Lonely officially reached #1 at US Pop Radio on Febraury 7, 2021, 114 days after his release.

Certifications[]

Country Certification Units
Australia (ARIA) Platinum 70,000**
Canada (Music Canada) 2x Platinum 160,000**
Norway (IFPI Norway) Gold 30,000**
Italy (FIMI) Gold 35,000**
Portugal (AFP) Gold 5,000**
Spain (PROMUSICAE) Gold 20,000**
United Kingdom (BPI) United Kingdom 200,000**
United States (RIAA) Platinum 1,000,000**
** Sales + streams certifications alone

References[]

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