The Biebs is either getting older, starting fresh, or both. He already has grown into a bad-boy, now he has gained some epic hitters to his list of collaborations for his new album, including Kanye West and Rick Rubin.
The fresh 21-year-old has been up in the studio working on a new album since Believe was released in 2012.
Justin Bieber said, “I’m finishing up the album now, working with Kanye and Rick… I’m not rushing it, I’ll just wait until it’s totally done.” He added, “I don’t want to say ‘it’s different,’ because that’s what everyone says. But it is different, it’s a grown-up version of Justin and I think people will be shocked.”
He’s already done work with Kanye on the remix to “Runaway Love.” In January, the pop star sensation posted a photo to Instagram in the studio with Rubin, who has produced for Jay Z, Eminem, and Run-D.M.C.
The grown-up Biebs also has mentioned that his life has changed:
“My whole direction has changed. What you are thinking about all the time is what you write, and now that I’m thinking about more positive things, it completely changes my music. I had to re-do my whole [new] album. It was done but it didn’t match up to where I am now and where my head’s at. I want to tell my story, but I also want to give people hope. I lost hope for a while, I was in a dark place, but it’s about getting out of that rut. It’s about knowing there’s sunshine on the other side.”
Here’s to the new Justin!