‘I Don’t Care’ doesn’t surprise audience

Madison Ritz, Staff Writer

Last Friday, just after four years after Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber surprised us with a collab called “Love Yourself,” they released a second song called “I Don’t Care.”

A day after Sheeran posted a photo of the lyrics, he then posted the cover photo of the song while announcing when the new song will come out, who he collaborated with and the title of the song.

After Sheeran tagged Bieber into the photo, the audience wasn’t too impressed with his collaboration. Users on Instagram would say things like “Sad to see it’s with Justin,” “No, why with JB?” “Why Ed? Why would you ruin your song?” or even “I’m not supporting Justin Bieber anymore.” While I was on the same page as them, wondering why he’d choose Bieber, it was surprising to me when I first heard it released.

The song first starts off with a really outgoing, tropical-feeling upbeat rhythm. While the beat is really mood-lifting, it sounds similar to any other pop song you hear on the radio and stays consistent throughout the song.

Although Sheeran was the leading singer entering the song, Bieber sings most of the leads through the rest, which was a little disappointing because I’d love to hear a little more Sheeran than Bieber.

Sheeran wrote a lyric: “And I don’t ever wear a suit and tie, yeah.” He is referring to his time at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival where Sheeran was criticized for wearing jeans and a T-Shirt while Beyonce was dolled up next to him for their collaboration of “Perfect Duet.”

The song hits some areas including depression and anxiety: “With all these people all around I’m crippled with anxiety/’Cause I don’t care when I’m with my baby, yeah/All the bad things disappear.”

Bieber was dealing with mental health issues. He felt lonely, and that he doesn’t like that his reputation put him into a bad spot where people don’t like him.

After the song released, the audience was also not too impressed. Other reviews say that it’s repetitive and it’s a basic song. The song lays in the number one spot on Top 50 Charts in the United States, and number one on Top 50 in Global. But “I Don’t Care” also sits at a rating of 3.5 stars on iTunes so it’s surprising that the song sits at number one at the moment.

To conclude it all, I think that “I Don’t Care” wasn’t a good collaboration, but it’s a bop to listen to during the summer. But I also think that this song will get pretty old, pretty fast. I know it’s going to be a battle against other songs to be the song of the summer.