LOS ANGELES – The pre-teens and paparazzi that packed themselves into the Westside Pavilion Mall on Wednesday buzzed excitedly as they awaited a surprise press conference about to take place in Hot Topic.
The event, announced only hours before but spread quickly through blogs nationwide, was held to announce the news that producer-extraordinaire and beard aficionado Rick Rubin would be helming the next album from 16-year-old pop phenom Justin Bieber.
The pair appeared in front of hundreds of eager fans, with Rubin oddly carrying Bieber onto the stage piggyback style.
â€œJustin is one of the brightest young talents I have seen in decades,â€ Rubin announced from behind his trademark sunglasses. â€œFrom the first time I saw his video, Iâ€™ve been waiting months for the chance to give him my special touch.â€
The album, which will reportedly be called Busy Little Biebers, will feature guest appearances from an all-star list of artists that have worked with Rubin in the past, including U2â€™s Bono, Weezerâ€™s Rivers Cuomo and Misfits founder Glenn Danzig. Rubin also stated that he hopes to sample unreleased recordings of the late Johnny Cash for a posthumous duet with the young pop singer.
â€œIâ€™m sure John would have seen a lot of himself in Justin, just as I have seen parts of myself in Justin, many times,â€ Rubin said.
Other songs that have already been written for the album include One Last Caress, which will feature Danzig on synthesizer, â€œGoinâ€™ Ham,â€ â€œOne More One Songâ€ and the first single, â€œBackwards Hats.â€
â€œI want to show the world a more mature and emotional side of Justin Bieber. I want to go deeper into this boy than anyone has gone before,â€ Rubin proclaimed.
Before the event had reached itâ€™s finale, the Twitter-world had ignited with Bieber chat. Many celebrities, including â€˜Lil Mama, Zoe Saldana, and two Kardashians, showed their support for the collaboration, while Courtney Love added that she had also gotten a piggyback ride from Rick Rubin in 2001.
Others disagreed, including Slayer guitarist and frequent Rubin collaborator Kerry King who tweeted simply, â€œThat Bieber kid is such a pussy.â€
As the press conference neared itâ€™s end, Bieber took to the microphone for the first time and was greeted with thunderous applause.
â€œRick has become a great friend recently,â€ Bieber stated, â€œFrom our frequent writing and yoga sessions to our weekly hot tub socials, weâ€˜ve made an exciting connection. Sometimes we just play Twister for hours. Iâ€™m very eager to share our relationship with the world.â€