Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ Cover May Be Banned in Middle Eastern Countries
Here's hoping Justin Bieber's got a spare scarf or—you know, shirt—handy: his fractionally nude cover art for forthcoming album Purpose isn't proving to be so popular worldwide.
According to TMZ, Purpose, which is slated for released on November 13, might be banned in certain Middle Eastern countries and Indonesia if the creative doesn't change. The site says its "provocative" shirtlessness and depictions of Christianity (the cross tattoo etched into Bieber's chest is proving to be particularly problematic) might make it a no-go. So, the "What Do You Mean?" singer is reportedly rushing to produce an alternative look that's a little more universally friendly.
Still, Justin's not wavering on the fact that his faith is a pillar of Purpose. Earlier this year, he told USA TODAY that his new album will address "growing, being in touch with yourself...Hope and faith, that's what's gotten me through this too, my faith. What I believe in. You're around some people sometimes and it might taint what you believe. I think that's what happened with me, I lowered my beliefs."
The snafu certainly isn't affecting Purpose's popularity Stateside. "What Do You Mean?" the work's lead single, earned Bieber his first Billboard No. 1 on the Hot 100 and has since become his first No. 1 on the Pop Songs chart, too.
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