Fresh off the airing of his Comedy Central Roast, Justin Bieber sat down with USA Today for an exclusive interview. Focusing on his yet-to-be-released LP and “growing up” as of late, Bieber revealed in the piece that he has been working with both Kanye West and Rick Rubin on the upcoming album, scrapping a bevy of already completed works in favor of a complete overhaul. Said Bieber:
My whole direction has changed. 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.