As long as Justin Timberlake is happy with his name following "featuring" in musical contexts these days, the search for the next JT remains wide open. We've talked here at Popdust HQ about just which male artist—if any—is capable of replicating the same sort of style and presence Timberlake brought to pop when he made his solo debut in 2002. Joe Jonas is currently doing his best at imitating JT's style with his skinny ties and muscle tees–and above all, Parental Advisory sticker on the cover of his new album Fastlife—while Chris Brown has the high-profile relationship under his belt, numerous collaborations and professional admirers, albeit an equal amount of critics. Which brings us back to square one. Is JT meant to have a second-coming?
In hopes to end any debate, Justin Bieber was generous enough to throw his flat-brimmed hat into the ring. Bieber talked to MTV in between closing performances of his My World tour in Chile about his holiday album Under the Mistletoe, and his upcoming album Believe—yes, there's more Bieber to be had. When asked about what kind of sound he'll be aiming for next year, Bieber cites a very specific musical reference, explaining:
I'm trying to create a new sound that people aren't really used to hearing, so it might sound weird at first, but it's going to be like when Justin Timberlake did FutureSex/LoveSounds: It was a new sound ... acoustic guitar over hard drums. I want to find something that's going to suit me and my fans are going to love and older people will like and younger people will like. But I'm always trying to keep my core fanbase, because the young people are what make everything cool. Old people look to young people, so trying to keep everyone happy.
The Canadian is aiming high, for sure, and while some could take offense to that "old people," comment, we're sure he meant well, and was just recalling the time Barbara Walters asked him how to dougie. An early 2012 release means Bieber will finally be on the brink of turning 18, which, like Jonas, might allow him to slap a Parental Advisory of his own onto the disc's cover. He's already been questioned for acting well beyond his years, after hanging with Usher and Luda, taking sexy photos with Selena Gomez on very public Hawaiian vacays and covering Drake and Lil Wayne. "I'm going to mature; I'm going to evolve. I don't feel like I'm going to do it too fast or too slow: I'm going to do it at the pace that I feel comfortable doing it," he said. And with that The Bieb has spoken.
Whether or not Bieber has will ever be capable of properly emulating JT, go ahead and compare the voice, moves and lady-killing skills of each, in their respective videos below.