Direction member Niall Horan broke the news on his Twitter feed Wednesday, writing, “In the studio with our boy @justinbieber last night, it’s gona sound great!”
Bandmate Liam Payne confirmed the Internet-shattering collabo, adding, “Got a first listen to Justin Bieber’s new album yesterday wowww big songs!!! It’s gunna be a smash … Expect the unexpected :O.”
Bieber seemed to enjoy the hang with his new pals as well, responding to Payne with the tweet, “@Real_Liam_Payne Thanks buddy. Good chillin with u guys.”
As the Huffington Post reported, Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, seeded the promise of the shriek-inducing duet, tweeting about the potential One Direction studio action, “[A collaboration is] very possible. He likes them and thinks they are good dudes. All people of that generation should be there to help each other.”
The singer is also making some beautiful music with his mentor and guiding light, Usher. On Wednesday, the Biebs tweeted that he was in the studio with, “@iawill and @usherraymondiv going in!” He didn’t reveal the name of the song Black Eyed Peas mastermind will.i.am was working on for the pair, but followed with the (grammatically challenged) amped-up thought, “Me and @usherraymondiv gotta have a duet on every album.”
They’re just a few of the superstars he’s recruited for the project. Mike Posner was the co-producer on “Boyfriend,” and other bold-faced names in the mix include Timbaland, Drake and Pharrell, as well as possible assists from Lil Wayne, Ke$ha and Kanye West .
He has plenty of other things to celebrate as well. On Wednesday, the The Hollywood Reporter said that Bieber and Braun will pick up hardware at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Disruptive Innovation Awards ceremony, where they will be honored for their contributions “in the world of business, technology, arts, entertainment and beyond.”
The April 27 ceremony will specifically pay tribute to the pair for the “historic discovery of Bieber on YouTube and his subsequent social media rise.”