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Bieber releases 'Hotline Bling' remix through actual hotline

For a good time (i.e., a remix of "Hotline Bling"), give Justin Bieber a call.David Becker/AP

For a good time (i.e., a remix of “Hotline Bling”), give Justin Bieber a call.

The Canadian prince of pop is taking Drake’s “Hotline Bling” to the next level — with a literal hotline.

Justin Bieber has made a remix of the hit song available to anyone willing to call a Northwest Michigan phone number, he announced Friday.

“Call me 231 377 1113 on my cell phone,” the “What Do You Mean?” singer tweeted.

He later tweeted digits for his “other cell phone,” Los Angeles number (213) 322-1113.

The pop star’s rendition clocks in at a higher register than the original and takes some liberties with Drake’s lyrics, but maintains the angsty essence of the rapper’s wistful letter to an ex-lover.

Bieber and rapper Drake arrive at the MuchMusic Video Awards on June 20, 2010 in Toronto, Canada.Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic

Bieber and rapper Drake arrive at the MuchMusic Video Awards on June 20, 2010 in Toronto, Canada.

At the conclusion of the hotline recording, a male voice plugs Bieber’s upcoming album, “Purpose,” scheduled to drop Nov. 13.

“Hotline Bling” is no stranger to the remix treatment — Sam Smith and house-music duo Disclosure performed a cover of the song on BBC Radio 1 in September, and R&B artist Erykah Badu shared her own remix earlier this month.

Many have called “Hotline Bling” itself a remix of Virginia rapper D.R.A.M.’s song “Cha Cha” — to the extent that D.R.A.M. at one point tweeted, “I feel I got jacked for my record.”

Bieber’s stunt emulates the still-active Hall & Oates hotline, “Callin’ Oates,” which in 2011 began offering the legendary rock duo’s hits on demand. (Call 1-719-26-OATES.)

The singer’s remix release Friday also follows two awkward incidents from earlier in the week.

On Wednesday, a video in which he muttered “You’re crazy” and stormed out of an interview with three Spanish radio DJs went viral. He made another abrupt exit the next day when he pitched a fit during a concert in Oslo, Norway, and stalked offstage after just one song.

Bieber later asked fans for forgiveness.

“Sadly it’s been a rough week for me, long days, no sleep, while having to be ‘on’ as they would say for the cameras fans etc.,” he wrote on Instagram. “Hopefully people will understand where I am coming from.”


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