January 21st, 2011
05:36 PM ET
Justin Bieber is getting in sync with Justin Timberlake for his next record. According to Bieber's songwriter, the Bieb will imitate JT as he attempts to attract an older crowd.
"What we're trying to do with Justin is to segue him into young adulthood," tunesmith Sean Garrett tells Billboard of 16-year-old Bieber's follow-up to "My World 2.0."
"The one great thing about Justin Bieber is the fact that his fans are going to grow with him," Garrett adds. "So we want all the fans that started out with him to still be intrigued and excited about him, but we want to also stretch out a little bit and make the fans that are 22-23 years old love Justin as well."
That means modeling himself after the former Mouseketeer.
"When Justin Timberlake went from the last album of *N Sync to his first solo album — I want to say [we're aiming for] that level," says Garrett. "That's the bar for the type of song, that level of 'Cry Me a River,' big records."
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