Justin Bieber has consistently been in the spotlight ever since the release of My World in 2010. He was just 15 years old when his debut album dropped and since then every personal misstep that the young Canadian has made has been highlighted in the media. This vulnerable Skrillex-produced electronic slow ballad finds him singing about what it's like to have your every move being judged when you're growing up in the limelight.
Cause life's not easy, I'm not made out of steel Don't forget that I'm human, don't forget that I'm real Act like you know me, but you never will There's one thing that I know for sure I'll show you
Bieber first hooked up with Skrillex when he supplied vocals for the Jack U hit "Where Are U Now." The Californian electronic musician and producer contributed to five tracks in total on Purpose, including the single "Sorry."
Skrillex commented to NME regarding "Show You": "There was a very different version of that track, and after I heard it I wanted to re-produce it so it was more slowed down and emotional."
"That track is one of my favourites on the album. It has some of the best lyrics on the album. That was one of the songs that he [Bieber] really liked, and we were both proud of."
The Rory Kramer-directed music video was filmed in South Iceland. Part of it was shot at the picturesque Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, which had been largely overlooked by tourists until it appeared in the clip. In the three years after the release of the clip foot traffic to the area increased 50 percent to 80 percent, many of them Justin Bieber fans. The Environmental Agency of Iceland was forced to close the location to the public between March and June 2019 to give paths and vegetation around the canyon a chance to recover.
Phil Oakey recorded his vocals for "Don't You Want Me" in the studio bathroom. The recording was disrupted by guitarist Jo Callis reaching through an open window from outside to repeatedly flush one of the toilets.