Justin Bieber Covers “Cry Me A River” At Louisville “Purpose Tour” Concert (VIDEO)
Timberlake released “Cry Me A River” in 2002 as the second single from his debut solo album, Justified. The song was famously written about Britney Spears, whom Timberlake had dated until she allegedly cheated on him. The track became a breakup anthem, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100.
Bieber has been a fan of “Cry Me A River” for years. A video of him covering the song circa age 14 in 2008 has more than 24 million views on YouTube. He’s sung it several times since then, including in late 2012.
Two months later, in early 2013, ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez performed the track at a UNICEF event, telling the crowd that the song “definitely speaks to me,” as Gossip Cop reported at the time. And while Bieber’s relationship with Gomez remains as complicated as ever, it’s unclear what made him decide to include it in his set list last night. The superstar went with an acoustic version, sitting on stage at the KFC Yum! Center in Kentucky with just his guitar.
Bieber will next perform Friday and Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Illinois. No word if he’ll be giving “What Goes Around… Comes Around” a shot. Check out the new “Cry Me A River” video below!