Is it killing you that you have to wait until Monday to hear what “Boyfriend” sounds like? Well, Justin Bieber feels your pain and decided to release a teaser for the lead single off his album, Believe.
The 13-second, blink-and-you-might-miss-it tease is spare in terms of instruments, just bleeps and thumps, no singing or rapping. But it does play up Bieber’s love for hip-hop; as it nears the end of the tease, a drum line-style beat kicks in. Come Monday, of course, the whole song will drop for Beliebers’ listening pleasure.
The video teaser also includes footage of Bieber in the studio, recording “Boyfriend,” which was co-written and co-produced by Mike Posner. The clip premiered on Justin’s website late Thursday night.
“This record is different in a very good way,” said producer/writer Mason Levy, who also worked on the song. “Definitely edgier, it’s more grown-up, it’s more developed and it’s sexier. It’s just like really dope. It’s gonna definitely surprise people. People aren’t really expecting that. They’re going to like it.”
It’s clear from the teaser that Bieber is using influences from urban music and that he’s looking to grow up sonically. The music in the new clip also seems to pay homage to Justin Timberlake, and even Chris Brown. Bieber has confirmed that he raps on the song.
“It’s more just the verses [that he's rapping on], and the rest he’s singing,” Levy told MTV News. “It’s dope. It’s hip-hop, but with great acoustic R&B, pop guitar with very hip-hop, clubby drums and really dope Justin Timberlake-y melodies.”
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