Somebody To Love

Album: My World 2.0 (2010)
Charted: 33 15

Songfacts®:

  • Blogger-turned-music mogul Perez Hilton played a role in the making of this song, as it was he who hooked up Los Angeles-based production team, Stereotypes, with Justin's people. "I'm so involved in music now, and I'm working with a lot of artists, I've been meeting with a lot of producers," Hilton explained to MTV News. "I met with this camp in the Valley, they're called Stereotypes. They're these up-and-coming producers, and they played me a lot of their music, and one of their songs, the first time I heard it, I was like, 'This is a smash. This is a huge hit.' And then I started thinking, 'This might be a great song for Justin Bieber.' So I sent it over to JB's camp. Justin loved it. They recorded the song, it's going to be on his new album, and it's going to be a huge hit for him."
  • In this dance track Justin professes his love for a girl and tells her he'd do anything for her. "It's basically about somebody to love," he told MTV News. "It's cool. It's young. It's nice. I think it's like a universal record."
  • The song should not be confused with those of the same title by Jefferson Airplane, Queen or Leighton Meester.
  • The music video for the official remix version featuring Usher was directed by Dave Meyers. The clip features Justin dancing along with several dance crews along a black backdrop, plus a scene with ninjas and a flame outline. The featured dance crews include, Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew season 5 winners Poreotics, and season 3's runner up Beat Freaks. Singer/actress and model Katerina Graham makes a cameo in a scene with Poreotics and Justin's best friend Ryan Butler, who previously appeared in the "One Time" promo, also appears alongside Bieber, wearing a T-shirt advertising his Twitter account.

    Myers said that he wanted this video to be more playful, stating, "[We're] bringing Justin into the world of dance on this one, giving Justin the chance to integrate to different styles of dance. So we kind of kept it simple with the art direction, just real graphic and really highlighting the dance. No big story lines, no crowds of people, just real clean."
  • The song was originally written by Heather Bright for Usher. Bright's other credits include Britney Spears' Femme Fatale track, "Trouble For Me." As well as Heather Bright, the other accredited writers are Justin and The Stereotypes, though according to her, the Canadian singer contributed little to the penning of the track. In an interview with Free Wired, Bright criticized artists who fail to pay full publishing fees on songs they didn't write. "Rihanna takes publishing. Justin Bieber takes publishing. Kanye West takes publishing," she said "On all the stuff that they don't write, they take publishing." Bright added that after "Somebody To Love" was released, she was surprised to see that Justin had received songwriting credit for her work. "How did he get a writing credit? That's an interesting question," she said. "I don't know..."

    Bright's controversial comments were intended to defend Britney Spears, who has been criticized for not writing her songs. In a blog Bright gave props to Britney saying she doesn't take publishing royalties that don't belong to her and called her team a "bonafide class act."
  • Virginia R&B singer Devin Copeland and songwriter Mareio Overton sued Justin Bieber and Usher, claiming ownership of this cut. The duo claimed the tune contains numerous lyrical and stylistic similarities to a copyrighted song they wrote in 2008 by the same name, which was presented by music scouts to Usher, with a view for him recording it for his own album Raymond v. Raymond.

    A federal judge in Virginia dismissed the copyright infringement suit on January 5, 2017. The suit was dismissed "with prejudice" meaning that it can't be re-filed.

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