Justin Bieber Recalls Christmas Past on Billboard Cover
With The Biebs' holiday debut 'Under the Mistletoe' set to drop on Nov. 1, the trade mag spoke to his manager and marketing people, and to the teen himself, to recall Christmas past and present, to reveal his appearance on a Christmas TV classic, and to discuss the genesis of the holiday album -- which was recorded as the 17-year-old's voice has gone through typical adolescent changes!
In the chat, The Biebs recalled Christmases from his youth, when times were tough and money was tight. "I remember growing up not having a lot, especially around Christmastime," he said. "We had to get stuff from the food bank, so one of the charities we're helping out is the food bank in my town. I want every one of my fans to feel like they're helping out the world in some way. And being the one to influence them to do that, that's something positive I can do with what God's given me."
The Biebs has come a long way from struggling to enjoy the holidays. One of the special promotions around the album includes an "Animagic" version of The Biebs that will be included in "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," the annual animated special that airs every December on ABC. So this Christmas classic will get a modern update, courtesy of an animated Biebs!
A stop-motion, doll-like Biebs, which has been designed to emulate the look and feel of the beloved characters in the special, will perform his version of the special's title song, which also appears on his holiday platter. "I'm excited for that," The Biebs said. "Growing up and seeing [that special] every year, it's really funny that they're actually making one of me.
He also spoke about covering Mariah Carey's modern classic 'All I Want for Christmas is You.' There was a bit of a hiccup there, as it had to be sung in the same key in which Carey sung the original. That's a pretty high key, and as the teenage dream ages, his voice is deepening and the difference is noticeable on 'Under the Mistletoe.' But The Biebs was undaunted when singing with Carey and in her key! "Yes, that was high," Bieber admitted. "But I grinded it out and we got it down."
His manager Scooter Braun concurred, saying, "That was the hardest song to do. A year ago that would have been no problem."
Problems? What problems! Justin Bieber has the world eating out of the palm of his hand.
He also revealed he will spend the holidays with family, since he always makes time for them.