Everyone's favorite reformed bad-boy, Justin Bieber, has been talking about his forthcoming fourth studio album.
When he's not going on lengthy apology tours or being roasted over on Comedy Central, Justin Bieber has found time to work on a new record, which the "Boyfriend" superstar promises will boast a whole new direction, both lyrically and sonically.
In an sit-down with USA Today, Justin opened up about various aspects of his life, but most interesting was what he had to say about recording new music:
"My whole direction has changed. What you are thinking about all the time is what you write, and now that I'm thinking about more positive things, it completely changes my music. I had to re-do my whole (new) album. It was done but it didn't match up to where I am now and where my head's at. I want to tell my story, but I also want to give people hope. I lost hope for a while, I was in a dark place, but it's about getting out of that rut. It's about knowing there's sunshine on the other side."
It's encouraging to hear that Justin's working on a seemingly more personal record this time around, and that he cares enough to throw out a completed body of work, but it won't appease those Beliebers who were hoping to get new music sooner rather than later.
He shared that he's "finishing up the album now, working with Kanye [West] and Rick [Rubin]," and claimed that he's "not rushing it."
At this stage there's no real reason for Bieber to rush-release a new record because he's already taken an extended hiatus from music. Realistically, it's going to much better suit his needs to go about this slowly and make a genuinely outstanding album - the public have such a low opinion of Justin that to get the masses back on side, he'll need some really outstanding material.
When asked what the album will sound like Justin responded:
"I don't want to say "it's different," because that's what everyone says. But it is different, it's a grown-up version of Justin and I think people will be shocked."
He was also quizzed on what his songs will be about:
"About growing, being in touch with yourself... knowing that you can get back up and keep going. Hope and faith, that's what's gotten me through this too, my faith. What I believe in. You're around some people sometimes and it might taint what you believe. I think that's what happened with me, I lowered my beliefs."
Overall, the Biebz has made some promising comments about his new album, hopefully the actual material will reflect his ambitious vision for the record. Perhaps because he's better known for his media antics and getting in trouble with the police, people have largely forgotten that at one time Justin was a rising star with heaps of untapped talent, so hopefully his new, mature attitude will take him back to that.
You can read the rest of the interview here, but I'll leave you with one very telling statement from Bieber.
Q: Some will quickly say, 'What's so hard about being Justin Bieber?' You seem to have everything many people want.
A: Unless you're stupid, I don't think you would think it's easy to be who I am. Just use your head, you'll understand that my life is not easy.
He's probably not wrong.