Believe is the third studio album by Canadian recording artist Justin Bieber, released on June 15, 2012 by Island Records. The album marks a musical departure from the teen pop sound of his previous releases, and incorporates elements of dance-pop and R&B genres. Intent on developing a more mature sound, Bieber collaborated with a wide range of urban producers for the release as well as some long-time collaborators, including Darkchild, Hit-Boy, Diplo and Max Martin. For the lyrics, Bieber co-wrote twelve songs with many hired songwriters and the music was composed by session musicians.
Bieber announced via Twitter that the first single off his upcoming third studio album, Believe will be released in March 2012. On March 1, 2012, Bieber appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to announce that the first single from his upcoming album, Believe, will be called "Boyfriend" and was released on March 26, 2012. The song was written by Bieber,Tyler McGowen and Mike Posner, and produced by Posner and Mason Levy. Two cover arts were published on Bieber's website, and fans were encouraged to vote for which cover they would preferred; with the most votes for cover and it will become the official cover of for the single. "Boyfriend" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached the top ten in several countries worldwide.
Island Def Jam confirmed on June 26, 2012 that "As Long as You Love Me" featuring Big Sean, which was previously released as the third and final promo single as part of the iTunes album countdown to Believe, will now be released as the official second single off the album. It will officially impact U.S. Top 40/Mainstream and Rhythmic radio on July 10, 2012. "Beauty and a Beat", is set to be the third single off Believe.
Believe debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 374,000 copies—the biggest debut sales week for an album in 2012, as well as Bieber's fourth number-one album. It dropped two spots in its second week to number three with sales of 115,000 copies. The album sold 57,000 copies in its first week in Canada, debuting atop the Canadian Albums Chart. In the following week, the album fell to number two selling 18,000 copies, behind Linkin Park's Living Things. It also debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart with sales of 38,115 copies, making Bieber the second youngest male solo artist ever to reach number one. In Japan, the album entered the Oricon Weekly Albums Chart at number seven, selling 13,886 copies. As of July 26, 2012, the album has sold over 98,000 copies in Canada. As of August 1, 2012, the album has sold approximately 684,000 copies in the US. Believe was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of one million copies in the US.