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Listen to Justin Bieber's new song 'Heartbreaker'

Listen to Justin Bieber's new song 'Heartbreaker'
Justin Bieber's new single is "Heartbreaker." (Island Records)

"I know it hasn't been easy for us to talk with everyone being around," Justin Bieber says in his new song, "But this is personal, this is for me and you / And I want you to know that I still love you."

Is the teen-pop superstar using a totally public forum to privately address Selena Gomez, his on-again/off-again girlfriend? Only Bieber knows.

What's clear to the rest of us, though, is that after a rocky summer in which he drew more attention with his offstage antics than with his music -- we'll never forget you, abandoned capuchin monkey -- Bieber is back to the business of making records.

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Good ones too: Released late Sunday, "Heartbreaker" is a moody, slow-rolling, digital-soul cut that sounds like something Timbaland might've offered Ginuwine back in the post-"Pony" early 2000s; there's even a half-time breakdown near the end in which the singer's voice goes full-on sad-robot a la Kanye West on "808s & Heartbreak."

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According to Bieber's website, the song is the first installment in what he's calling Music Mondays: 10 new tracks -- his first since January's "Believe Acoustic" -- to be parceled out one a week over the next 2 1/2 months.

Biebs is back! (Maybe.) Listen to "Heartbreaker" below.

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