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The 50 Best Albums of 2012 (So Far)

42. Justin Bieber, Believe

Label: Island
Released: June 15th

Justin Bieber's sophomore album—not counting remixes, soundtracks, and a holiday disc—marks a giant step forward for the world's number-one pop manchild. At age 18, JayBee has not totally abandoned his teeny-bopper audience, but you can tell that this Michael Jackson admirer is building toward an Off The Wall moment one day soon.

Though much has been made of Justin's rap flow on "Boyfriend," the album's real banger is "Right Here," featuring Drake and produced by Hit-Boy, which will surely dominate urban radio play lists this summer—just as sure as Justin's new fragrance (also called "Boyfriend") will be sold out at the mall when your little sister tries to cop a bottle this weekend.

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