Justin Bieber will soon head to the recording studio to work on his next album, but before he does, the spunky singer is trying to enjoy the summer as a “normal” teenager—not an easy task, his manager Scooter Braun tells HollywoodLife.com in an exclusive interview.
“Justin is taking his time to be a kid right now,” Scooter, the mastermind behind Justin’s incredible career, tells HollywoodLife.com. “It’s hard for him to be a kid. He’s not a ‘normal’ kid. He’s been really gracious with all the pressure.
As for Justin’s next album, Scooter says, “He’s excited to get back in the studio. We started the process slowly over the past couple of weeks, and we’ll get heavy into it in a couple of weeks.”
While Justin, who’s enjoying a courtship with singer Selena Gomez, has been busy promoting his fragrance—which netted Macy’s $3 million in retail sales in less than three weeks—and attending choice events, such as this week’s ESPY Awards, focusing on his music is his first priority. “The number-one focus through this year will be working on his next album. We started this as Justin as an artist. That’s our bread-and-butter.” (Click here to read what Scooter told HollywoodLife.com about the phenomenal success of Justin’s fragrance)
And Scooter says Team Justin takes any negative press with a grain of salt. Case in point? The Women’s Wear Daily report last week that Justin’s February Vanity Fair cover was the worst-selling issue in 12 years, selling 246,000 copies so far. The cover joins the magazine’s other poorly-sold issues: Will Smith‘s July 1999 cover and Harrison Ford‘s July 1993 cover, which sold 202,701 and 243,000 copies, respectively.
Says Scooter of the Vanity Fair brouhaha: “We were honored to be on the cover of ‘Vanity Fair.’ It was a huge accomplishment. And we’re in good company: Harrison Ford and Will Smith. If that’s the company we’re in, then we’ll take it.”
Scooter says the frenetic pace of the world of Justin Bieber is hectic, but it’s been an amazing ride. “Everyone on the team, from me to Justin to the dancers, and the entire team…this is such a surreal ride for us. We’re just enjoying it.”
— David Caplan
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