By Meredith Goldberg-Morse
Justin Bieber’s new album, Believe, may not drop until June 19, but those of you jonesing for a taste of the teen idol’s new tunes are in luck — snippets of Biebs’ new album have made their way online.
Previewed tracks include R&B-inspired slow jam “Right Here” featuring Drake and the Nicki Minaj collaboration “Beauty and the Beat.” The sampler also includes a teaser of “Maria,” which is reportedly the Canadian croonster’s musical response to the false accusations made by Mariah Yeater last year that he was the father of her child. The song, which Bieber compares to the similarly-themed Michael Jackson classic “Billie Jean,” will only appear on the deluxe addition of Believe.
Bieber’s next single, “As Long As You Love Me,” drops in full today on iTunes. The pop star has been hitting Twitter all day with hourly reminders that his collaboration with Big Sean will be available at 3 p.m. EST.
The album’s first single, popular ode to fondue and swag “Boyfriend,” has already garnered the singer comparisons to another famous Justin.
If the Believe sampler is any indication, be forewarned — there may be a severe increase in hot and bothered teenage girls swarming record stores (and internet fansites) come June 19.
Check out Bieber’s mentor Usher talking about whether he and the 18-year-old are in a friendly competition for record sales (Usher’s Looking 4 Myself drops tomorrow) below.