Justin Bieber and Skrillex hit up a Los Angeles recording studio on Thursday, ahead of the expected drop of their music video for “Where Are Ü Now” Friday.
The highly-anticipated video for the current No. 15 entry on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart is the second cut from the Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü album.
Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, was the first to reveal Skrillex and the singer were in the studio together yesterday.
The 33-year-old took to social media to share an Instagram pic of the pair. Braun’s teasing caption reads, “Look who is back at it. Music coming. @justinbieber @skrillex Photo credit @blitzkregan.”
It’s not Sonny Moore and the Biebs’ first music lab date post “Where Are Ü Now.”
The two previously got together the day after the Canadian’s red carpet turn at the Met Gala in New York City on May 4, then a series of dates later that month.
Jack U and Bieber have confirmed they are collaborating on the singer’s in-the-works, new album, which is being produced by Kanye West and Rick Rubin.
The 21-year-old singer and Skrillex also posted photos at their Instagram accounts. Moore wrote, “ü ri now” alongside a shot of the duo.
For his part, Bieber wrote, “Love this guy,” by his posting.
While “WAUN” has made several best song (so far) of 2015 lists including Billboard and Complex magazine, a proportion of EDM fans have expressed dissatisfaction regarding the EDM tastemakers working with the singer.
Kaskade recently urged people to focus on the music in posts at his Facebook and Twitter, after his remix dropped on the four-track remix EP of the “Where” last week.
Although Diplo has known and worked with the Biebs for years, Skrillex told Couric he first met the Biebs at a fashion bash during 2014 New York Fashion Week.
He recalled the singer as “super polite,” then recounted the genesis of “WAUN.” Bieber co-wrote the song with Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd and the acapella was sent to Jack Ü the same night that the group met at the NYC party.
Skrillex went on to describe the Biebs’ vocals on their bittersweet banger as “vulnerable” and “real,” and reflective of where the singer is in his career.
Sonny also said his “true” fans understood his independent attitude towards collaborations and music.
“I think my hardcore fans get what I do and like the fact that I don’t care. I’m not afraid to fail or not afraid to do something that everyone doesn’t like,” he said.
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