He’s already teased that Drake and Kanye West may make appearances on his next album, and on Thursday, Justin Bieber confirmed that another music industry heavyweight, will.i.am, will be assisting him on Believe.
Letting his fans know on Twitter that he’s “gonna make that,” the Black Eyed Peas frontman hyped up the collaboration further when he added, “let’s make a hit tomorrow!! #collab. ‘I gotta feeling this song is ganne be bigger than huge’ #willpower.”
The news comes as Bieber is deep in the studio working on his highly anticipated 2012 release. The team-up should make for an interesting track for the teen star. With Bieber hoping to recapture some of that Justin Timberlake/Timbaland magic from Timberlake’s Future Sex/Love Sounds, will.i.am could bring some of that frenetic pop energy to Bieber’s own work.
Last year, will made headlines when he worked with Britney Spears on her Femme Fatale song “Big Fat Bass.”
Earlier this week, Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, teased that what he’s heard of Believe has been “ridiculous.” Bieber will turn 18 in March, and his team is hoping to bridge the gap between the boy we met on “Baby” and the man he’s growing up to be.
“The only conversation we’ve had about Justin’s album that we’re about to do is it’s really important that it’s the proper transition, because we’ve seen him [with] ‘Baby,’ now we’re watching him grow up,” Bieber’s longtime vocal producer, Kuk Harrell , told MTV News in November. “And we can’t just throw him into the adult game right away. It has to be the proper transition. There’s a record in between.”
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