Yummy (song)

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"Yummy"
Single by Justin Bieber
ReleasedJanuary 3, 2020 (2020-01-03)
Genre
Length3:30
LabelDef Jam
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Poo Bear
  • Kid Culture
  • Sasha Sitora
Justin Bieber singles chronology
"10,000 Hours"
(2019)
"Yummy"
(2020)
Music video
"Yummy" at YouTube

"Yummy" is a song by Canadian singer Justin Bieber. It was released on January 3, 2020, along with a lyric video through Def Jam Recordings as the lead single from his upcoming fifth studio album. The song is Bieber's first solo single to be released in three years.[1][2][3][4] Upon release, the song has received mostly mixed reception from critics – many praised its R&B production but most dismissed its lyrics. Its official music video was directed by Bardia Zeinali and premiered on January 4, 2020. It portrays Bieber with pink hair at a dinner party in a fancy restaurant.

Background and promotion[change | change source]

On December 23, 2019, Bieber teased the release by posting a picture of himself in front of a piano accompanied by two posts with the caption "tomorrow".[5] On the following day, he announced the single via a trailer he uploaded to YouTube that shows him walking through an abandoned gas station.[1][6] The trailer also serves as an announcement for his upcoming North American tour starting May 14, 2020, as well as a documentary covering "all different stories".[7] About the upcoming music, Bieber stated that he feels like "this is different than the previous albums just because of where I'm at in my life".[8]

Composition[change | change source]

"Yummy" is a "straightforward R&B number"[9] that moves along on pop-trap beats.[10][11] The song contains a "crisp bass line and plinking keyboards". Bieber rap-sings the pre-chorus, while he hits his "signature falsetto" in the bridge.[9] Bryan Rolli of Forbes magazine called the chorus "seductive", albeit "meaningless".[9] The song is considered an ode to Bieber's wife, Hailey Bieber.[9][11]

Critical reception[change | change source]

"Yummy" received polarizing reviews from music critics, who complimented the "catchy" R&B production, but criticized the "asinine" lyrical content.

Rania Aniftos of Billboard magazine said "Yummy" brings back "the flirtatious Bieber we've missed and been waiting for", describing the chorus as "catchy".[12] Bryan Rolli, writing for Forbes, said that Bieber "sings his heart out" on the song and noted although "the lyrics may not invite scholarly analysis ... Bieber sure does sound good singing them". Rolli concluded calling the song a "win, an inevitable chart smash" and opined that it is "sure to sound even better when 50,000 fans scream it every night on his upcoming tour".[9] Mikael Wood of Los Angeles Times described the song as "a lithe little R&B number that faintly recalls Ginuwine's mid-'90s classic 'Pony' and basically three-and-a-half minutes of PG-13 sex talk seemingly directed at Hailey Baldwin". He stated that "though it's very cute, 'Yummy' feels awfully lightweight for a single that has as much hanging on it as this one does" and added that the song "loses much of its flavor after only a few spins".[13]

NME's Sam Moore complimented the song's R&B production, but dismissed the lyrics, which he termed as "failed expectations". He opined that the song's producers opted for "minimalism with their choice of instrumentation, melding airy keys with pop-trap beats with an evident view of creating something as universal as the likes of 'Hotline Bling' and Childish Gambino's 'Feels Like Summer'". Moore further wrote that Bieber's layered vocals and harmonies are "able to glide along rather effortlessly—it's just a shame he doesn't have more to say with them" and that Bieber's embrace of R&B "isn't a complete turn-off".[10] Pitchfork's Eric Torres criticized the song for being "shamelessly engineered for the truncated attention span of TikTok" and "a bloodless shell of an R&B song crippled by asinine lyrics and a tired, syncopated backdrop". He further wrote that the song "plateaus as soon as it starts, never inching past the toddler-like repetition of 'yummy-yum' in its chorus".[14] Brad Callas of Complex magazine listed "Yummy" amongst the best new music of the week and said Bieber's "pivot back to R&B is refreshing for those who were fans of his slept-on 2013 project, Journals". Callas further remarked that the "silky vocals" is at times reminiscent of Bieber's 2016 collaboration with Post Malone, "Deja Vu".[15]

Music video[change | change source]

The music video for "Yummy" was directed by Bardia Zeinali and premiered on January 4, 2020. In the video, it portrays Bieber with pink hair at a dinner party in a fancy restaurant, eating various colorful food items with the guests.[16]

Credits and personnel[change | change source]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[17]

  • Justin Bieber – vocals, songwriting
  • Poo Bear – production, songwriting
  • Kid Culture – production
  • Sasha Sirota – production, songwriting
  • Ashley Boyd – songwriting
  • Daniel Hackett – songwriting
  • Elijah Marrett-Hitch – assistant mixing
  • Chenao Wang – assistant recording engineering
  • Chris "TEK" O'Ryan – engineering
  • Josh Gudwin – engineering, mixing, vocal production
  • Colin Leonard – master engineering

Release history[change | change source]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Various January 3, 2020 Def Jam [18]
United Kingdom Contemporary hit radio [19]
United States January 7, 2020 [20]
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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Peters, Mitchell (December 24, 2019). "Justin Bieber Teases New 'Yummy' Single, Announces 2020 Tour Dates & Docu-Series: Watch the Trailer". Billboard. Archived from the original on December 24, 2019. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  2. Bloom, Madison; Monroe, Jazz (December 24, 2019). "Justin Bieber Announces Tour, Dropping New Song "Yummy" Next Week". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  3. Spanos, Brittany (December 24, 2019). "Justin Bieber Details New Single 'Yummy,' Announces Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  4. Rettig, James (December 24, 2019). "Justin Bieber Announces 2020 Tour, New Single "Yummy" Out 1/3". Stereogum. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  5. Hughes, Hilary (December 23, 2019). "Is New Justin Bieber Music Coming 'Tomorrow'?". Billboard. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  6. "#BIEBER2020". Retrieved December 24, 2019 – via YouTube.
  7. Price, Joe; Barna, Daniel (December 24, 2019). "Justin Bieber Announces New Album, Tour, Docuseries and Single "Yummy"". Complex. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  8. Rolli, Bryan (December 24, 2019). "Justin Bieber Teases New Single 'Yummy,' Shares 2020 Tour Dates". Forbes. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Rolli, Bryan (January 3, 2019). "First Listen: Justin Bieber's 'Yummy' Doesn't Say Much, But It Sure Sounds Good". Forbes. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Moore, Sam (January 4, 2020). "Justin Bieber's comeback song 'Yummy' isn't delicious, but his "R&Bieber" isn't a total turn-off". NME. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Leas, Ryan (January 3, 2019). "Justin Bieber – "Yummy"". Stereogum. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  12. Aniftos, Rania (January 3, 2019). "Justin Bieber's 'Yummy' Is Finally Here: Stream It Now". Billboard. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  13. Wood, Mikael (January 4, 2020). "Justin Bieber returns with 'Yummy,' an ode to (sex with) his new wife". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  14. Torres, Eric (January 3, 2020). "Justin Bieber "Yummy"". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  15. Callas, Brad (January 4, 2019). "Best New Music This Week: Mick Jenkins, Justin Bieber, Lil Tjay, and More". Complex. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  16. Peters, Mitchell. "Justin Bieber Rocks Pink Hair, Dines on Exotic Desserts in 'Yummy' Video: Watch". Billboard.com. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  17. "Yummy / Justin Bieber – Tidal". Tidal. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  18. "‎Yummy – Single by Justin Bieber on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  19. "Radio 1 Playlist". BBC. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  20. "Top 40/M Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on January 3, 2020. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  21. "Top 40 Rhythmic Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on January 3, 2020. Retrieved January 3, 2020.