Justin Bieber returned last week to reveal details of his sixth studio album, Justice. The singer shared the LP cover art and a taste of his tracklist, but not everyone was happy with the announcement. French electronic duo Justice found Bieber’s album cover oddly familiar, and they now accuse him of stealing the logo they’ve been using since 2003.
Bieber’s album cover features a photo of the singer with the title Justice centered on his seated body. The letter “t” in Justice is drawn to resemble a cross, which is a nod to Bieber’s faith, but is also similar to how the electronic duo have styled their name for years.
According to a statement from the management of Justice, shared with Twirl, The Bieber team actually asked the duo to put them in touch with their graphic designer to discuss creating a logo for Bieber. However, the call would never have taken place:
“The Bieber team sent us an email in May 2020, asking to be put in touch with the graphic designer for Justice to discuss a logo. We tried to set up a call between the Bieber team and our designer, but the call never ended and the conversation ended there. No one ever mentioned an album called Justice or a logo that says “Justice”. The first time we saw anything about it was the announcement.
Justice’s label, Ed Banger records, pointed out the similarity in a cheeky Instagram post. “We would like to thank Mr. So Me for all his work since 2003,” they wrote.
Bieber’s team has yet to respond to Justice’s accusations, but he has given some information about the album’s inspiration. Say he wants Justice To bring ‘solace’ to his fans, Bieber said, “At a time when there are so many issues with this broken planet, we all need healing – and justice – for humanity. In creating this album, my goal is to make music that will bring comfort; to create songs that people can relate to and connect with, so they feel less alone. Suffering, injustice, and pain can leave people feeling helpless. Music is a great way to remember that we are not alone. “
Discover Bieber’s Justice the cover and Justice logo above.