Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you great songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we feature Justin Bieber singing about pearls in the R&B remix of his 2010 release, “Up.”
In this 2011 collaboration with Chris Brown, the Canadian heartthrob refuses to call it quits on a troubled relationship that has nowhere to go but up. He tells his girlfriend that they have the power to make the sun shine in the moonlight and make the grey clouds turn to blue skies.
He also promises to take her around the world and lavish her with pearls sourced from every ocean they encounter.
In the key jewelry line, Bieber sings, “It’s a big, big world / And I’m gonna show you all of it / I’m gonna lace you with pearls, oh / From every ocean that we’re swimmin’ in.”
Originally the 9th track on Bieber’s chart-topping 2010 debut studio album, My World 2.0, “Up” was re-released on Valentine’s Day 2011 as the 7th track of his Never Say Never – The Remixes album. That release — which featured collaborations with Brown, Jaden Smith, Usher, Rascal Flatts, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West and Raekwon — also soared to #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart.
The Canadian-born Justin Drew Bieber started to make his move into the music business in 2007. That’s when the adorable, fresh-faced 13-year-old placed second in a local singing competition. Bieber’s mom, Pattie, posted a video of his performance on YouTube, and then added other videos of her son singing covers of various R&B songs.
It’s been reported that music executive Scooter Braun accidentally clicked on one of Bieber’s videos — thinking he was watching a 20-year-old doing a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” The impressive performer was, in fact, the teenage Bieber.
Braun tracked down the youngster in Canada, and with the permission of Bieber’s mom, introduced him to singer-songwriter Usher, who soon became his mentor. Bieber was then signed by record executive L.A. Reid and the rest is Bieber history.
Bieber has sold an estimated 150 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He’s earned two Grammy Awards, 18 American Music Awards, 21 Billboard Music Awards, six MTV Video Music Awards and a record 21 MTV Europe Music Awards.
The 27-year-old Bieber has 91 million followers on Facebook, 114 million on Twitter and 214 million on Instagram.
Please check out the audio track of the soulful Bieber/Brown collaboration of “Up.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…
“Up”Written by Adam Messinger, Justin Bieber and Nasri Atweh. Performed by Justin Bieber, with Chris Brown.
It’s a big, big worldIt’s easy to get lost in itYou’ve always been my girl, ohAnd I’m not ready to call it quits
We can make the sun shine in the moonlightWe can make the grey clouds turn to blue skiesI know it’s hardBaby, believe me
That we can go nowhere but upFrom here, my dearBaby, we can go nowhere but upTell me what we’ve got to fearWe’ll take it to the sky past the moon to the galaxyAs long as you’re with me, babyHonestly (honestly) with the strength of our loveWe can’t go nowhere but up
It’s a big, big worldAnd I’m gonna show you all of itI’m gonna lace you with pearls, ohFrom every ocean that we’re swimmin’ in
We can make the sun shine in the moonlightWe can make the grey clouds turn to blue skiesYeah, I know it’s hardBaby, believe me, ooh
Nowhere but up
Baby, we were undergroundWe’re on the surface nowWe’re gonna make it girlI promiseIf you believe in loveAnd you believe in usWe can go nowhere but up
We can go nowhere but upFrom here, my dearBaby, we can’t go nowhere but upTell me what we’ve got to fearWe’ll take it to the sky past the moon to the galaxyAs long as you’re with me, babyHonestly, honestly with the strength of our loveWe can go nowhere but up
Nowhere but upNowhere but upYeahNowhere but up
Credit: Photo by Adam Sundana, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.