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"#thatPOWER" was released on YouTube on March 15 and on iTunes on March 18. [1] The song made its radio premiere on Capital FM in the United Kingdom on March 15. [2] Will.i.am tweeted the cover art for the song on March 15. [3] The song was recorded on February 20th, 2013 at Metropolis, when Bieber and will.i.am were in London for the 2013 BRIT Awards. [2] The song was released to American Contemporary radio on March 26, 2013. [ citation needed] The single sold 108,000 digital downloads in its first week of release. [4] Composition [ edit ]

Will described "#thatPOWER" as up-tempo. [2] MTV’s Jocelyn Vena said the song had "lyrical swagger" and noted how "Bieber brings his sweet vocals to the chorus", with a vibe that "recalls Kanye West’s 2010 hit, ‘ Power’". [5] According to The Hollywood Reporter, the song is club-oriented. [1] Critical reception [ edit ] Professional ratings

"#thatPOWER" received mixed reviews from music critics. E.E. Bradman for Common Sense Media wrote, "This one’s all about the club: With its uptempo four-on-the-floor bass and kick assault, repeated choruses, and surging synths, "#thatPOWER" sounds and feels more like a remix than the first iteration of a new song." [6] The Daily Star’s John Earls rated it 8 out of 10 and commended Bieber’s guest appearance in the song, saying that "it’s worth swiveling your chair around, Voice style, among Will’s predictable rave malarkey…#savedbythebieber." [7] Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone called the song "a wan melody warbled by Bieber over generic 4/4 beats" and gave it two out of five stars, ending his review with "#FAIL." [9] Music video [ edit ]

On March 21, will.i.am tweeted about how exhausting rehearsals for the video were. [10] [11] On March 25, Capital FM reported that will.i.am was seen taking part in the production of parts of the video for the song in Los Angeles. [12] The official video premiered on April 19, 2013. [13] The video was filmed in Japan, featuring cameo from members of Japanese dance group World Order. An alternate "second screen" music video is available through an unlisted YouTube link when the song is tagged via Shazam. The alternate video does not contain audio and is meant to be viewed alongside the original music video in order to spot the differences between the two.

A special version was shot with National Basketball Association (NBA) players, including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, to be used as the opening theme introduction for the 2013 NBA Playoffs television broadcasts on ABC and ESPN. [14] The video is also used at various commercial breaks throughout the broadcasts. Live performances [ edit ]

will.i.am performed the track at Le Grand Journal on April 16, 2013, and it featured his backing dancers. [ citation needed] Four days later, he performed the song on The Jonathan Ross Show, doing a similar performance. [ citation needed] He performed the song on Dancing with the Stars results show on April 23, 2013 while Justin Bieber’s solos played in the background in a video. [ citation needed] On May 19, will.i.am and Bieber also performed the song live during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, in Las Vegas. Cover versions [ edit ]

A funk and soul-infused version of "#thatPOWER" was arranged, recorded and performed by Judith Hill, on the television singing competition show The Voice. The performance was held on May 27, 2013, and was broadcast live on NBC. [15] The studio-recorded version was digitally released during the same period. Track listing [ edit ] Digital download [16]