"There is a lot of stuff that I've been going through over the last few years," he said. "I just really want to bleed it on this record. I want people to know that I'm not playing around. I'm not doing a record that is cookie cutter or doing something that I think people want to hear... I've been pretty silent about what I've been going through and just growing up in this life is hard, so I want to translate that."
One of those subjects will be his longtime relationship with Selena Gomez. The singer, who revealed that he is single, said that he does not have a direct response to her track, "The Heart Wants What It Wants," but said that she did inspire some of his new material.
"A lot of my inspiration comes from her," he said. "It was a long relationship and a relationship that created heartbreak and created happiness and a lot of different emotions that I wanted to write about, so there's a lot of that on this album."
Justin isn't putting a timetable on when the music will be released -- "I'm not in a rush, I just want to create the best piece of art that I can," he said -- but he did say that he's "not playing around." Clearly -- he's got Kanye West helping him in his big return.
"I have been in the studio with him for the past month or so," Justin said. "I think that he just pushes you. He definitely wants it to be my way and my direction and he doesn't want to steal what I want, but he pushes it. That's why artists love to go to him because he pulls something out of you that other people don't."