Justin Bieber promised that his forthcoming Christmas album will be chock-full of original tunes, but what may be even more exciting for his fans of all ages is the list of collaborators he’s lining up for the project. Via Twitter, Bieber and his team have indicated that Sean Kingston and Taylor Swift have recorded songs with him, and on Tuesday, he tweeted that Boyz II Men are joining the mix.
“2day i woke up and realized that the group that made me want to sing @BoyzIIMen are now on the christmas album singing with me. #DREAMBIG,” Bieber wrote. “i used 2 listen to their music and practice the runs. that is how i learned how to sing. now im in the studio with them making music 2gether.
“im telling you…never say never…never stop dreaming….never give up,” he continued. “#DREAMBIG. @BoyzIIMen Im honored and blessed. thank u.”
The love didn’t end there. Members of the group also took to Twitter to give the 17-year-old some props for extending an invitation to them to work with him on their album. “it was a pleasure! Remember what we talked about in the studio Lil bro! Let’s do it again sooner than later!! … We got love for u lil bro!! Thank YOU, and Thanx for everything u do for ur fans!! I KNOW they appreciate it.”
It’s not the first time Bieber and the Boyz have worked together. The iconic ’90s R&B group appeared in his 3-D flick, “Never Say Never,” earlier this year. When the film was released back in March, the singer cited the group as one of his favorite musical influences. “My fans inspire me, as well as my mom inspires me and my dad and God inspires me,” he said. “I’ve looked up to a lot of musicians, like Michael Jackson and Boyz II Men. … I met Boyz II Men. I didn’t get to meet Michael Jackson.”
No official date for the Christmas album has been announced yet, but Bieber did tweet this hint: “thinking about starting christmas early…like november. #newmusic.”