Justin Bieber spoke about a new album in the works with Kanye West and Rick Rubin his Comedy Central roast which has drawn much attention for weeks. Does this signal a new direction? Will we see the adult artist emerge from the crash-and-burn of the teen pop music sensation?

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Justin Bieber is much in the news these days. This time it’s not for his run-ins with the law, or typical tabloid worthy bad behavior. This time, it’s the Comedy Central roast and his efforts to turn it into a springboard for the next chapter in his music career.

Yes, it has been a while since we’ve been able to put “Justin Bieber” and “music career” in the same sentence without adding another proper noun. After all, the last album he released was three years ago when he was 18 years old and still a worldwide teen idol who had untold numbers of Beliebers screaming in his live concerts.

He told USA Today in an exclusive interview that there is indeed an album on the way, as he said, “I’m finishing up the album now, working with Kanye [West] and Rick [Rubin]. I’m not rushing it, I’ll just wait until it’s totally done.”

Asked what we might expect from the album, he said, “I don’t want to say “it’s different,” because that’s what everyone says. But it is different, it’s a grown-up version of Justin and I think people will be shocked.”

He was asked about what has changed about him now that he has recently turned 21 years old, and has been, of late, been the one insisting he has learned from his past experiences.

Asked what exactly had changed, Justin Bieber said, “Well, my eyes. You know how you can tell a person by their eyes, their intentions and where they’re at? Well, my eyes changed, they got softer and brighter. They’re open. I have more of a grasp of who I am at this point.”

He went on to elaborate about how he is different and how this will be reflected in his music, he said, “It’s changed everything. 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.”

He went on to say, “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.”

The last music that we heard from him was more than a year and a half ago, when he began his “Music Mondays” series of clearly autobiographical songs about his relationship with his on-again-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez. Not precisely a formal album, the ten songs, never succeeded as the marketing campaign for his concert movie which opened to poor reviews equaled only by the poor turnout at the box office.

So, as the apology tour goes on, he has held the interest of the public. After all, as much as the media and the public are irresistibly drawn to a trainwreck, on the flip side, the comeback tale is irresistible as well. What will be the next chapter now that the Justin Bieber Comedy Central Roast has come and gone, and with it, his apology speech and now, his new media tour, of which the USA Today interview is just the latest as we await the long awaited new album from Justin Bieber.