Justin Bieber Releases ‘U Smile,’ Announces Summer Tour Dates

' 'U Smile' is one of the best songs I have ever recorded,' 16-year-old tweets of new song.

On Tuesday (March 16), [artist id="3187077"]Justin Bieber[/artist] released the Motown-style ballad “U Smile,” the second single from his new album My World 2.0, which drops on March 23. And, as is his habit, the 16-year-old immediately went to Twitter to announce the release and urge his fans to make the song reach the top of the iTunes chart.

” ‘U Smile’ is already #12 on iTunes and climbing!! Thanks,” he tweeted Tuesday morning.

Bieber shared with his fans the inspiration behind the song. ” ‘U Smile’ is one of the best songs I have ever recorded,” he wrote. “It really is a throwback to the great records I listened to growing up. … I wrote it for all my fans who got me here.

“U took me from a small town in Canada to this amazing opportunity I am living now,” Bieber added. “I am so grateful for everything and so blessed for all of your support. I wrote ‘U Smile’ with my friend August with that in mind. … So this one is for U. Enjoy it and know that u the fans give me my strength in a lot of this.”

As if giving his fans a new song wasn’t enough of a treat, Bieber also announced dates for the first leg of his tour. He is set to kick it off on June 23 in Hartford, Connecticut, and finish on September 4 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Tickets for most of the shows go on sale March 27.

Bieber also said he has plans to release more dates soon. “If u don’t see ur city on the tour dates at www.bieberfever.com, don’t worry because that’s just the 1st leg. … More dates to come too,” he wrote. “We will be covering all of the U.S. and Canada in this North America tour between 1st and 2nd leg.”

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