In an interview with USA Today, the singer called the sound he’s working on as “different”, asserting that “people will be shocked” with what they hear.
“I’m finishing up the album now, working with Kanye and Rick,” said Bieber. “I’m not rushing it, I’ll just wait until it’s totally done.”
When asked what the music will it sound like, the 21-year-old 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.”
Bieber also opened up about his recent wild antics, admitting that he found himself in a “dark place”. The ‘All That Matters’ performer has had a number of run-ins with authorities and is currently serving two years probation for throwing eggs at his neighbour’s house in LA. He was also criticised last year after footage of him leaked using the n-word while telling a joke about the Ku Klux Klan.
The singer said the aftermath of such events forced him to scrap a whole album’s worth of material. “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.”