It was released simultaneously with the album on February 27, 2015, later sent to mainstream radio on April 21, 2015.Initially, a demo was written by Nick as a piano ballad titled "The Most", however Bieber decided to send the track to the duo, who transformed the track into electronic dance music, but maintained the original lyrics.

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The combination of Justin Bieber's moving falsetto and Skrillex and Diplo's tangled knot of beats makes 'Where Are U Now' a deserved (and much-needed) triumph." Ryan Dombal of Pitchfork wrote the track is "unexpected in all the best ways.

It tones down everything you know about Skrillex while retaining his knack for dynamics.

They concocted sounds that were determinedly different from standard dance-club fare; what seems like a snare drum, for instance, is actually a tweaked version of an Indian tabla." and was later released as a bonus track on Bieber's fourth studio album, Purpose (2015).

The original version, titled "The Most", was also released as a bonus track on the Japanese version of Purpose.

The song main's instrumentation consists in sharp dancehall stabs and an Eastern melody.

Bieber's vocals also suffered alterations in some parts of the song.

Bieber to answer himself from below and harmonize above.

They toyed with dance beats, keyboard chords and bass lines — thickening the song and then thinning it again.

It also won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.

Commercially, the song peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, giving both Skrillex and Diplo their first top 10 single on the chart, also giving Bieber his seventh.

Lyrically, "Where Are Ü Now" talks about caring and praying for an ex who didn't return the favor, and longing for someone who could comfort him in his time of need.