If you’re wondering what to expect from Tuesday night’s (June 19) MTV special, “Bieber Live,” you need only think back to the days of “Total Request Live.”
Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, has fond memories of the biggest stars visiting “TRL” to promote their latest record or movie back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and he wanted to capture some of that flavor tonight’s show, airing at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. Bieber is set to sit down with host Sway Calloway and some of his most devoted Beliebers as they celebrate the release of his brand-new album, Believe.
And if Bieber talking about his latest LP isn’t enough, know that he’ll also be performing! Braun is keeping the details about the special top secret, but did have a little tease for fans.
“So, he’s gonna come in, he’s gonna do ’Boyfriend’ and he’s probably gonna do something broken-down acoustic — a new version of one of the songs — and we have some surprises,” Scooter told us. “And we’re gonna have some fun. We want to bring it back to the old ’TRL’ [days].
When we caught up with him last Friday, Braun also opened up about the conversations he had with Bieber as the teen star began recording tracks for his highly anticipated release. He noted that the album’s sound reflects more than just a transition: It shows the 18-year-old’s evolution.
“I think a lot of times with big superstars they don’t always deliver on that big album,” he said. “They don’t meet the expectation … sometimes it’s because they’re [already] superstars. Maybe they think they know it all and they don’t want to listen to anyone else’s input, and sometimes that works and sometimes that doesn’t.
“He’s growing and so is his music,” Braun later added . “And I don’t think he’s transitioning and losing any fans. I think he’s just growing. We always study Michael Jackson, and the thing I loved about his career is he never lost that 2-year-old that bounced to his music. But at the same time, you’d go to a club and there were adults bouncing also. And I think that’s what we want to do with Justin.”
Don’t miss “Bieber Live” tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV!