Justin Bieber’s and R. Kelly’s musical collaboration has been confirmed by the older singer and timestamped by the younger when he tweeted their jam would roll out “next week.”
The news comes via Vibe, who nabbed some face-time at Kelly’s private listening session for his forthcoming album Black Panties last night, (Nov. 13).
“I just did a song [with him],” the 46-year-old told the magazine. “[Justin] just called me to do a song and it’s hot. He wanted to go and do some R&B stuff so we got together and did that.”
Speculation about Kelly and Bieber’s musical meeting sparked in January when the teen Instagrammed a photo of himself and the veteran superstar, captioned: “Me and my homie R. Kelly.”
Fast forward to late last month when Justin tweeted both Kelly and Drake separately, writing,”They aren’t ready.”
Elaborating on the collaboration, the 12 Play star — who recently teamed with Lady Gaga on “Do What U Want,” Bruno Mars’ “Gorilla” and rapper 2 Chains on “My Story“— told Vibe,
“Honestly, I’m at my best one-on-one. So anybody who wants to mess with Kellz, I’m on the front line for ’em.”
If you’re not already impressed by Bieber’s weekly emotional excursion through the R&B jasmines of his mind (otherwise known as “Music Mondays), next week’s drop could change that.
The creatively imagined 10-song drive has rolled out six singles so far, with latest track, “All Bad”, punching to the top of iTunes US in less than 12 hours of its release.
Some critics have taken to the Canadian’s cohesive, relationship-themed, personalized odes on love, loss, erotica, apology, longing, and defense, in previous singles “Heartbreaker,” “All That Matters,” “Hold Tight,” “Recovery,” “Bad Day,” to the present.
Common ground between Kelly and the Biebs will either be a toss up between soul-drenched melodies and possibly romantic lyrics, or balls-out baby making music. Either way, a pairing between the pop prince and the man who gave the world “You Are Not Alone” and “I Believe I Can Fly” among many gems is an intriguing prospect.
At the very least, the melismata face-off should be worth a listen.
next week :) http://t.co/5wiO02Pbj1
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 13, 2013
Meanwhile, Bieber has now returned to Los Angeles after wrapping the tumultuous South America leg of his Believe tour, which saw all sorts of wild shenanigans, the latest being “outrage” over the singer “sweeping” the Argentine flag off the stage at his Buenos Aires concert on Saturday.
Now on a short break before touring resumes in Mexico City on Nov. 18, the teen singer announced he will film three videos for his “Music Mondays” series in the gap.
A teaser for the upcoming Believe movie-documentary premiered on Good Morning America early Wednesday. Presale tickets for the Christmas Day opening go on sale Friday when the full trailer touches down. Take a look below.