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A whole new trove of teenage beliefs

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 July, 2012, 12:00am
 

Justin Bieber may only be 18, but he's achieved more than many people do in a lifetime. Four number-one albums, tens of millions of fans, the first runner-up on Forbes' 'highest-paid celebs under 30' list, megastars on his speed dial ... and that's just for starters.

His latest album, released recently, is Believe - rather appropriate for a guy whose fans are known as 'Beliebers'. Bieber says the tracks were inspired both by his personal experiences and artists he admires.

He wanted to break new ground with the album.

'I just wanted to do something bigger and better and be ... more involved,' he says. 'So I got more involved in the writing process and producing and I just think this album is ... more mature'.

Believe shows Bieber's more personal side. It captures how he feels when he faces obstacles.

''Believe', for me, I feel, is an inspiring word,' he says, 'and I think that it's gonna ... hopefully inspire a lot of people, whether it's believing in yourself, believing in a dream, or believing in, you know, God'.

The Biebs wanted the record to inspire people to have a positive outlook on everyday life, and even devoted some of the songs to fans.

'My fans have really inspired me and have helped me get through a lot,' he says. 'I just think my fans are really going to like it'.

Bieber collaborated with major recording artists such as Nicki Minaj and rapper du jour, Drake. He says he enjoyed working with people he respected as artists, and putting their heads together to create something 'bigger and better'.

Nicki Minaj lent her ideas and vocals to Beauty and a Beat, a party song with a dance-floor tempo Bieber hopes will set feet tapping.

'I need a beauty and a beat/ who can make life complete,' he sings as Minaj raps along, name-dropping Bieber's girlfriend Selena Gomez.

He was equally excited about working with his fellow Canuck, telling MTV news that Drake is 'a great guy and super-talented, and his melodies are crazy.'

The album has already proven hugely successful commercially, due in large part to JB's passion and hard work.

'I [worked] on Believe for eight months, so I'm really happy with the final result. I got to work with a lot of great people, and I think the world's going to love it.'

It seems like Believers have already proved him right.

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