Five Minutes With Justin Bieber
You only have to look at Dev's pictures of the carnage outside Radio 1 towers when Justin Bieber came for a quick visit this week to realise that there is a LOT of pressure on his young shoulders at the moment. His album - which was split into two halves in order to satisfy demand - finally came out this week, and in order to promote it, he's been everywhere from GMTV to Radio 1 to...well, here.
That's right, GMTV. Justin, a teenager, got up before noon, voluntarily. The man's a miracle, I tell you.
Here's what happened when I grabbed a very quick phone call with him:
ChartBlog: Hi Justin, how're you doing?
Justin: What's going on?
ChartBlog: I'm very well, thank you. Where are you right now, in London?
Justin: Um, I don't know.
ChartBlog: You're in England, are you?
ChartBlog: Good. We've got the right country then. Is the schedule a bit confusing at the moment?
Justin: Nothing is confusing. But I'm just having fun with it.
ChartBlog: Can you tell me why the album is split into two parts - 'My World' and 'My Worlds'?
Justin: The album came out in two parts because, y'know, a lot of people have the internet nowadays, and people get really bored and I didn't want to have to release an album now and release another album in a year or a year-and-a-half. So, y'know, I wanted to give them a little more.
ChartBlog: How much of the whole album was ready to go? Did you get to nine songs and then go "GET IT OUT THERE!" and then start it again?
Justin: Basically I wanted to split it up into two parts. I was basically like "let me just do this many songs now, get 'em out there", and then later do some more songs and get those out there. A few songs off ['My Worlds'] were done a year ago.
ChartBlog: And does each half have any theme to it, any reason why certain songs are together?
Justin: They're basically just songs about girls and teen relationships and stuff. Just stuff that is in my world, stuff that happens in our...in my world.
ChartBlog: So there's no difference between part one and part two?
Justin: There is, there's a little difference. Some of the stuff on the second part is a little newer and stuff, but they're still along the same lines.
ChartBlog: As someone who is so young, coming into the music world, who are you looking to as a role model for where you want to take this?
Justin: Um, I definitely want to be along the lines of an Usher or Justin Timberlake, and how Justin Timberlake wanted to do more acting. I definitely wanna go that route as well.
ChartBlog: So you want to be the all-round entertainer?
ChartBlog: Are you at all worried about the way your voice will change over time? Are you deliberately making the most of the way it is right now?
Justin: No it's a natural thing. Your voice is going to change when you get to certain age and you've just got to deal with it. I have the best vocal coach in the whole of America that is coaching me through my voice changing and stuff. It's not going to be a problem. You see Michael Jackson, you see Boys II Men, you see Usher, you see Justin Timberlake, it's not like they fell when they reached a certain age.
ChartBlog: True, but they all continued to sing in quite a high pitch. Do you think you're going to be a high pitched adult, or is there a possibility that you'll suddenly sound like Barry White?
Justin: [unimpressed] Man I'm not going to sound like Barry White.
ChartBlog: That's what your vocal coach has told you?
ChartBlog: Am I allowed to ask you about Lily Allen?
Justin: [reassuringly] I don't care!
ChartBlog: So there's been a scuffle online. Your fans are attacking her for making a joke about you...
Justin: I don't know...I mean my fans are supportive, I don't know what happened. I didn't even know who Lily Allen was before today. I didn't know what was going on.
ChartBlog: Has this sort of thing happened before? Are your fans scary?
Justin: My fans are awesome, they back me up no matter what.
ChartBlog: So if I'd reviewed your single and said it wasn't very good, I could expect some pretty stiff complaints.
Justin: [laughs] Maybe!
ChartBlog: So, you're flying all over the world, working all the time, do you get any time to relax?
Justin: Um, not really!
ChartBlog: Do you bring stuff with you just in case, like a skateboard?
Justin: My road-manager left my skateboard behind, so I can't ride that. I'd love to be riding it right now.
ChartBlog: Or doing anything other than answering the same questions again and again...
Justin: No man, I love it. I love to be able to tell the world what's going on.
ChartBlog: What do you want to tell the world today, Justin?
Justin: I want to tell the world that they're amazing. You guys are so supportive of everything that I'm doing, and, just thank you so much!