Justin Bieber already has two hit singles in “One Time” and “One Less Lonely Girl,” and yesterday he unleashed his latest track (and the first that doesn’t include the word “One”). “Love Me” is a widescreen club track that is full of bubbly synths and Bieber’s now-signature croon. It quickly launched itself into the top 20 on the iTunes Top Songs sales chart, certainly thanks to Bieber’s relentless tweeting. “Just woke up in sunny L.A. and ’Love Me’ is #11 on iTunes,” he wrote this morning. “Let’s go to #1!”
If the chorus sounds familiar, that’s because it’s lifted from a classic tune by the Cardigans called “Lovefool.” The Swedish band scored a massive international radio hit with the song back in 1996, when it appeared on the soundtrack to the Baz Luhrmann film “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet.” (It also had an iconic video that was in heavy rotation on MTV.) The song appeared on the band’s second album First Band on the Moon, which became their biggest commercial success (at least in this country). The Cardigans are still together and remain massive in their home country.
As for Bieber, he is gradually building momentum for the release of his full-length debut My World, which hits stores on November 17. It will contain the already-released tracks “One Time,” “One Less Lonely Girl” and “Love Me,” as well as the tune “Favorite Girl” (which is coming to iTunes next week). Next week, he’ll go on a five-city tour of Canada to promote his new record, and he’ll also open for Taylor Swift when she plays two dates in England at the end of November.