Gather ‘round, Beliebers and Directioners, because we have some important business to discuss.
As you very well know by now, Justin Bieber’s Purpose is dropping on Nov. 13, the same day as One Direction’s Made In The A.M. And while much hoopla has been made about the “competition” and the “bitter rivalry” that some people assume will divide the world of pop music and/or make it blow up to smithereens, we have news for you: it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to choose, you don’t have to fight, and we can all live happily and harmoniously — with two whole albums of sure-to-be-amazing new music soundtracking the era of peacetime.
Don’t believe us? Just listen to the guys themselves. In a recent interview with Coup de Main, Harry Styles and Niall Horan — aka 1D’s always-reliable sources of nonchalance — assured fans there’s no need to fuel competition rumors.
A Belgian reporter posed the following question to the guys: “I heard that your record is coming out on the same day as Justin Bieber’s. Your fans are really fighting on social networks. How do you manage that?”
Niall spoke up first, saying, “There is no need for a fight, if they are fighting. We just happen to be releasing our albums on the same day. It’s happened to us before; our first couple of albums were released on the same day as Rihanna.
“I think the press have just made a bit of a deal out of it because it’s us and Justin Bieber,” he continued. “It’s fine. You know you’re gonna be up against someone in the charts — it just happens that we have fallen on the same day.”
Harry, ever the voice of reason, then chimed in and explained that the guys have a very “que sera, sera” attitude about the whole situation, simply because they’re just thrilled to share their labor of love with fans.
“I don’t think anyone makes a record with competing with someone else in mind. I think then you don’t make it for the right reasons,” he said. “I think we made the record — we’re very, very happy with it, we’re very proud of it — and now we’re putting it out, and it happens to be on the same day as someone else, and that’s it. It’s not a win/lose thing — it’s, we hope that our fans like it, and if it does well that would be amazing, but that’s not ultimately what it’s about.”
So there you have it: One Direction are proud of the album they made. Justin’s proud of his, too. They’re both huge records for both of them — for 1D, it’s their last album before their impending hiatus, and for JB, it’s his comeback of sorts. There’s no reason why we can’t celebrate both of those accomplishments.
And, for the record, Justin feels the same exact way. Though he made some Directioners upset by hilariously shading 1D — and then speculating that they strategically chose the same release date as him — he insisted over the weekend that he and the guys are all cool with one another.
Now let’s ditch the so-called beef and continue getting hyped for Nov. 13, aka the BEST. DAY. EVER!