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Justin Bieber Discusses New Album ‘Believe’ & Carly Rae Jespsen
Justin Bieber Discusses New Album ‘Believe’ & Carly Rae Jespsen

Justin Bieber’s latest album ‘Believe’ debuted at number one on the charts last week after selling a staggering 374,00 copies. The album is said to be the biggest first-week sales number for any album so far this year.            

When asked about the decision to call his album ‘believe’, Justin explained: “For me it is an inspiring word and you know it’s hopefully going to inspire a lot of people, whether it is believing in yourself, believing in your dreams… I think it will give people a positive outlook.”

The teenager says it’s really special for him because he wrote it for his fans: “My fans have really inspired me and they’ve kind of helped me get there a lot,” he says. “So I kind of want to write about how they’ve gotten me through this journey.”

Justin now looks to legends like Michael Jackson and the Beatles for inspiration: “They are definitely artists I wanted to incorporate in my music,” he says.   

“I studied different people and  worked with people I love,” he said of his collaboration with artists such as Kanye West and Drake.

But Justin says that it was collaborating with Nicki Minaj that was really special: “I think it’s going to be a really big song, and people are going to really like it.”    

Justin also discussed new singing sensation Carly Rae Kepsen, saying: “I found her on the radio in Canada. I was listening to her song ‘Call me maybe’, and every station kept playing it. The song is so catchy, and I was like why haven’t I heard this before? My manager found that she’d not been signed up yet outside of Canada. So we ended up signing her and pushing the song everywhere. It’s like the No. 1 song in the world now!”

So, what’s Justin’s next dream? “The next dream I’d like to achieve is maybe win some Grammys,” says Justin. “I still haven’t won a Grammy but I am looking forward to it!”

Carly Rae Jepsen: ‘Life Keeps Surprising Me Lately’
Carly Rae Jepsen: ‘Life Keeps Surprising Me Lately’

Carly Rae Jepsen and Scooter Braun, founder of her imprint Schoolboy Records, are basking in the success of her bouncy Interscope Records single “Call Me Maybe”, which flew to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
“I feel so blessed,” the singer said upon learning that the song had dethroned Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” featuring Kimbra, after an eight-week domination. “Thank you to everyone who made this happen. Life keeps surprising me lately and it’s a wonderful feeling.”

Scooter likewise shared his elation over the chart-topping news: “To see Carly hit No. 1 is an amazing achievement, but what is even better is seeing it happen to someone as kind and as warm a person as Carly Rae Jepsen,” he says. “No one is more deserving. And, I know from hearing her music that this is just the beginning for her.”

“Call” was actually Carly’s first hit in her home country of Canada, which went to No. 1 for four weeks on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 beginning in February. After fellow Canadian Justin Bieber Tweeted his affinity for the song to his more than 20 million Twitter followers, and produced a video in which he, Selena Gomez and Ashley Tisdale sang it, the U.S. success of “Call” surged.
Carly, like Justin Bieber, is signed to Braun’s Schoolboy imprint. Scooter also manages rookie British/Irish boy band The Wanted. Ironically, given his support, Carly reached the Hot 100 apex before Justin. While Justin has placed 25 songs on the chart dating to his arrival in 2009, he’s so far peaked as high as No. 2 with “Boyfriend.”

Carly is set to open forJustin for 47 dates on his North American “Believe” tour, which begins Sept. 29  in Glendale, Ariz., and runs through to Jan. 26, 2013, in Miami. Carly’s as-yet-untitled debut U.S. album is due for release this fall.