Justin Bieber's come a long way since the days of "Baby." Need proof? Listen to the first single from his upcoming album, Believe. The 18-year-old pop superstar has a more mature voice and a new sound to go with it.
We'll say it: He sounds like a FutureSex/LoveSounds-era Justin Timberlake. No, we don't think he's copying him, but the similarities are definitely there. The boyfriend of Selena Gomez even enlisted the help of a superstar producer to get his new sound, Mike Posner.
"I've known [Bieber's manager] Scooter [Braun] for a few years, so I actually ran into Scooter at a Clippers game and told him I would love to work with Justin," Posner told MTV News of how they got started working together. "I got the opportunity to write with Justin. I didn't really know what to expect at first, but he's an incredible, incredible writer and amazing vocalist."
We're interested to hear what else Bieber has planned for Believe now that we've got our first taste of "Boyfriend." He told Ryan Seacrest on Monday morning that we can expect to hear plenty of pop classics on the upcoming album.
"It's kind of classic," he said. "The songs, I feel, won't get old. The music is very fresh, but it's also — I'm taking a lot from old-school music, a lot of Michael Jackson, a lot of old R&B, a lot of old pop. It's pretty special."
As for the Timberlake comparisons? Bieber didn't mention him by name, but he made sure to emphasize that the album is all about him — and no one else.
"There's so many people that are going to give me opinions, but I'm the only one who can ultimately make those decisions, because I'm going to have to live with my career for the rest of my life. So I thought this was the perfect single," he said. "'Boyfriend' was me all the way; it is a representation of me."
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