While the song manged to have an impressive debut at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100, it has since fallen all the way down to #72 within its 8-week frame. Hence this brand new “official” remix, which makes complete sense in more ways than one. Aside from the more strategic move, Julia also co-wrote the track with the producer and her songwriting partner in crime, Justin Tranter – so it’s not random, they’re all indeed “Friends.”
Unfortunately, there’s not really anything unexpected here. Julia‘s vocals are interpolated with Biebs‘ verses and that’s about it. Everything else is the exact same which makes it feel a little lazy. It actually makes me wonder if this is just Julia‘s original demo vocals to begin with and they just slapped her on for the hell of it.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Julia, and Nervous System is seriously everything, but I think Justin on this alone just works better. What do you guys think?