The song is the first official follow-up to his single “Boyfriend” and has already seen some movement on the charts after Bieber released it as a promo single on June 11 in the lead-up to his June 19 album release. It charted at #21 on the Hot 100, banking 168,000 downloads. The song will get a major push on Top 40 and rhythmic radio stations in the coming weeks.
“Bieber’s a true G. People may not know that,” Big Sean told MTV News about working with the 18-year-old on the Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins-produced track. “He is a good dude, man. And I ain’t toning down nothing. I’m diverse — I can write raps to any type of song.”
MTV News recently chatted with Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, about the album’s potential next single, and he shared that “As Long as You Love Me” was at the top of the list of candidates to get the official single treatment.
“We haven’t picked the next single,” he said. “We’re gonna see how different songs react off the album. ‘As Long as You Love Me’ [with Big Sean] is getting a lot of love, so is ‘All Around the World’ [with Ludacris]. So is ‘Die in Your Arms.’ ‘Beauty and the Beat’ is coming with the album. We’re gonna see what the next single is. We’re gonna figure that out.”
In addition to preparing to shoot a video for the track, Bieber is also still in promo mode, spreading the word about his album, as well as prepping for his world tour, which kicks off in September in the U.S.
“The tour starts at the end of September … by the end of 2013 we’re gonna hit the whole world,” Braun explained. “He has been watching a tremendous amount of Michael Jackson concerts from the ’80s and ’90s. And he has been talking to me about how Michael incorporated magic and pyro and reveals and he wants to bring in that. [But] still do that acoustic thing, but he wants to take it to a whole new level.
“It’s just really exciting,” he continued. “Nothing makes him happier than being onstage. So it’s gonna be fun to get back onto the road. I think he was an amazing performer before, but his level of dance and musicianship and his range [has grown]. He’s a veteran now. I think he wants to take it to a completely new level.”