Justin, you may be under a lot of pressure because you started as a teen pop star, but that doesn’t mean you have to change yet. Listen to your manager Scooter Braun, who says, ‘Just be 18!’
Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun is right! He’s steered you right since he first met you when you were 13 and he became your manager. He gave you good advice then, and he’s giving you more now in an interview in the new April issue of Complex magazine.
Scooter’s point is that he understands the pressure you feel to produce an amazing album in Believe, and also to use this as a stepping stone into a more adult sound. But he also has the confidence in your innate talent and instincts to produce music that is authentic for you and just right for your fans, without you trying to sound older than 18.
Justin, that’s so true! You have such a fun, relatable, upbeat sound that millions and millions of fans — mostly young women — relate to and love. They loved your first album, My World 2.0, and they adored Under The Mistletoe.
They don’t expect you to do a 180-degree turn with your sound, nor will they necessarily appreciate it if you do.
I know that’s tricky, Justin. You want to grow as an artist, and your vocal coach Kuk Harell has told us exclusively that “Boyfriend” is a hot single, that you’re a “genuine artist,” and that he expects your album to win “lots of Grammys.” But as Scooter says, you are still just 18. Your girlfriend Selena Gomez, who’s 19, has managed to grow up but still produce the upbeat pop songs her fans love.
You don’t need to try and rope in 30-year-olds as Beliebers.
I guarantee that if you keep your same enthusiasm and sing to make yourself truly happy, you’ll make your fans happy too!
— Bonnie Fuller
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