Songwriter Sean Garret is one of a number of artists who will work on the next Justin Bieber album. They are looking to present a more grown-up Bieber.
It is still months away but Justin Bieber's next album, Bieber has said will be out late in 2011, will be a more mature offering. Songwriter Sean Garrett, who will pen some of the songs, told Billboard magazine on Jan. 21, 2011 that Bieber is looking to keep current fans and make new, slightly older ones.
"What we're trying to do with Justin is to segue him into young adulthood," Garrett told the music mag. "The one great thing about Justin Bieber is the fact that his fans are going to grow with him. So we want all the fans that started out with him to still be intrigued and excited about him, but we want to also stretch out a little bit and make the fans that are 22-23 years old love Justin as well."
Bieber to Have Mixture of Influences on Next Album
Though he put out an all-acoustic album in November of 2010 it had only Pray as a new track, the rest were songs redone acoustically, so the next album will be the true follow-up to hugely popular My World 2.0, an album that got him recognition, awards at the 'MTV Video Music Awards' and the 'American Music Awards' as well as two Grammy nominations.
So while Bieber is only 16 - he turns 17 March 1 - his next offering has big musical shoes to follow. So he and his team, including manager Scooter Braun, are leaving no stone unturned as they seek to find the right collaborators and material for Bieber. Even back in September when he won his MTV Video Music Awards he was thinking ahead.
The next album will probably (be out) in the fourth quarter next year," he told MTV News at the time. "Drake is gonna be on that album; I'm not sure (about artists). I'm gonna ask him if he can get Lil Wayne on there."
Country Music: Bieber and Rascal Flatts
Besides Sean Garrett artists that have been mentioned either by Bieber or Braun as potentially being part of the album make up a real mixture of styles. One of the more off-beat offerings may come from country band Rascal Flatts, who Bieber asked about their interest in collaborating on a song late last year.
"Justin asked us to do a duet with him on his next record," Rascal Flatts singer Gary LeVox told a Nashville radio station. "It's actually a really good song! The kid is really talented. He plays five or six different instruments really well."
Usher, Diddy and Ne-Yo Collaborate with Bieber
Diddy, his mentor Usher and Ne-Yo are others who may be on it. In October Ne-Yo told BIllboard.com he and Bieber were writing together. "I think he has the kind of talent that will carry. He just needs tangible records, the kind of records that will grow with him and allow his fans to grow with him.
"That's why they came to me and that's what I gave them."
Ne-Yo said that the songs that he had written for and with the 16-year-old Bieber were "...not so grown where it's like, 'He doesn't know anything about that stuff,' but it's not bubblegum kiddie stuff, either."
In the Footsteps of Superstar Justin Timberlake
Garrett told Billboard they are aiming high by using the career of another Justin as a template. "When Justin Timberlakewent from the last album of NSync to his first solo album, I want to say (we are trying for) that level. That's the bar for the type of song, that level of 'Cry Me a River,' big records."