Justin Bieber and David Hasselhoff’s bizarre mutual wish — to work together — is coming true. Lanette Phillips, the executive producer of Bieber and Cody Simpson’s tentatively titled music video “Home to Muma,” tells Overheard that Bieber had his heart set on recruiting the former Knight Rider star for the Emil Nava-directed clip. “David and Justin had been wanting to work with each other,” says Phillips. “They love each other.” So, Nava’s camp contacted Darren Grant, the director of the new black comedy Killing Hasselhoff, and a deal was struck. The Hoff agreed to star in “Home to Muma” and, in return, Bieber will play the voice of KITT, the talking car from Knight Rider, in the film, which is about a man who attempts to win a celebrity death pool by hiring a hitman to take out Hasselhoff.
Justin Bieber’s résumé is officially expanding. The 20-year-old crooner has been spotted spending a bunch of time with David Hasselhoff lately and “The Insider With Yahoo” has exclusively uncovered what they’re up to: Bieber will be the voice of KITT from “Knight Rider” in the comedy with working titles “Killing Hasselhoff” and “Celebrity Death Pool.”
The pair was spotted shooting scenes for the film on Tuesday in Venice, California, in the legendary Pontiac Firebird Trans AM from The Hoff’s ’80s TV series.
Comedian Jim Jefferies, who also appears in the film, broke the news to “The Insider With Yahoo” while on set Tuesday: “Justin Bieber is the voice of KITT in this movie — you can’t say that every day.” Hasselhoff shared just how he got the pop superstar to be in the movie, explaining, “He called me and asked me for a favor and I called him back and said, ‘Can you do me a favor?’ and he said, ‘Yes,’ I did his favor first because I love the Bieb. I think he’s a cool kid and he gets a bad rap. He’s a good guy and I like his music, I’ve known him for five years.”
It’ll be interesting to see how Justin will compare to the original voice of KITT, William Daniels, who’s best known as Mr. Feeny from “Boy Meets World.”
Source: Yahoo! Celebrity
The Hoff plus the Biebs equals one friendship we never saw coming!
After photos surfaced earlier this week of David Hasselhoff and Justin Bieber shooting a super-secret video, we had to get a few more details on this surprise collaboration.
"Justin is a great guy," Hasselhoff told E! News after spending the day with the "Baby" singer on-set. "He’s cool. We’re friends."
Cameras rolled as the twosome cruised around Venice, Calif. in an iconic Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that easily gave us flashbacks to the Hoff’s former series, Knight Rider.
The 20-year-old stayed in the passenger seat while Hasselhoff drove off wearing his signature leather jacket and sunglasses. Looking good for 62, Mr. Hoff!
Although the project remains very hush-hush, multiple reports say Hasselhoff tweeted then deleted an update from the set.
"What a great day @CodySimpson @JustinBieber Emile our director for new video," he shared. "Signing t shirts for charity! RESPECT!"
Earlier this month, E! News learned Cody Simpson and Bieber would be releasing an album together.
"It is a smack bang duets [album]," Simpson told the Sydney Daily Telegraph. "Justin has been a good mate of mine for a while. It’s just us writing."
He also added, “He told me he felt like I’d figured myself out and have grown into what he knows I will be so he was like, ‘I see you as that guitarist, singer, songwriter you’ve always wanted to be.’ I play all the guitars on the album.”
And while some fans may still be perplexed at Bieber’s older co-worker, we can’t help but forget a Twitter exchange the two had late last year.
After reports surfaced that the Hoff posed naked while surrounded by cheese, the Biebs struck up a Twitter bromance with the beloved Knight Rider star.
"Can’t believe or dwell on the bs," Bieber tweeted to the actor. "Just gotta know your truth. U can’t bring us down. And @DavidHasselhoff everyone loved Baywatch."
True that, Justin!
Source: E! Entertainment
When Lil Boosie got out of prison a few months ago, he outlined some of his plans for the year — and one thing on his itinerary was working with Justin Bieber. He was serious about it, too, because this weekend he revealed that he’s already spoken to Biebs about recording together.
“I talked to [Justin Bieber] and we’re gonna get it done,” Boosie told MTV News on the Bet Hip Hop Awards carpet. “I was just congratulating him on his success and letting him know I’ma put together that record and we’re gonna make it happen.”
“He [said], ‘Whenever you put that record together, I’ll fly you down and we’ll make it happen — it’s nothing,’” Boosie said of their conversation.
The Louisiana rapper said that he’s expecting to drop his album in a month or two, since he’s already got enough tracks logged for the project.
It probably helped that just about “everyone” reached out when he was released from prison to work with him. “It’s just a pleasure to be back, involved in life and music period,” he added.
Fred and Ginger. Laverne and Shirley. Hall and Oates. The history of pop culture is stocked with dynamic duos.
But is the world really ready for “The Hoff and Biebs?” We’re about to find out.
"We had a lot of fun, and he’s a cool guy," Hasselhoff, 62, tells PEOPLE of working with Justin Bieber, 20, on the polarizing young star’s latest video shoot. "You’ll hear more about it, but we’re just keeping it quiet because it’s really a cool video, and we had a blast," Hasselhoff said Sunday at Tony Hawk’s 11th Annual Stand Up for Skateparks Benefit in Beverly Hills.
A blast that almost got the Baywatch icon in hot water when he Tweeted, then subsequently deleted, this update from the set of the hush-hush video shoot that reportedly features Bieber’s duet with Cody Simpson: “What a great day @CodySimpson @justinbieber Emile our director for new video … signing t shirts for charity! RESPECT!”
No stranger to controversy himself, Hoff went to bat for the Biebs, telling PEOPLE: “We’re all young once, but you know what? Live it up, baby! You’ll pay the price later, but you’re only young once. Live it up, and don’t care what anybody says. Live it up!”
Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson’s first single from their forthcoming duets album will hit radio “in days, not months,” according to Michigan radio station 97.5 Now FM.
Resident DJ Josh Strickland was given a select listen to the imminent debut song from the two mutually managed artists at Bieber’s record company last week, and in his own words:
“I literally had absolutely no idea that I was listening to Justin Bieber, and when he [A&R] told me, I was shocked.”
Strickland promises, “This is a complete musical and vocal departure from anything we’ve ever heard from the Beebs,” then adds in a piece here at The Inquisitr that the new Bieber + Simpson sound is so different people “won’t believe it’s the Beebs.”
News of the days-away single follows the announcement just over two weeks ago that the 17-year-old, recently re-signed Australian idol and 20-year-old Canadian star are dropping a “smack bang duets [album]“ in November. Back then, the splash that should have made was overshadowed by the Biebs’s ATV trouble in Canada.
Now, after the genuine-sounding shock and excitement of Strickland’s word-of-mouth for the duo’s new music, that buzz can rebuild.
A looming first single from Bieber and Simpson — we’ve been teasing their collaboration for weeks — is something concrete for music critics and two huge fandoms to anticipate.
(Photo: Two artists at critical jump-off points in their respective solo careers, are releasing a duets albums in two months and a new, first single within days.)
It also makes sense of Braun’s dramatic, social media post, after he, Bieber and Simpson locked down in a recording studio right after Justin received the “Champ of Charity” award at the Young Hollywood Awards on July 27.
At that event, “Pretty Brown Eyes” singer Cody hinted coyly in an interview about the “real, cool acoustic project” on the way from the partner he has previously referred to as a “big brother.”
More recently, Cody — who has now left Warner/Atlantic Records and is looking to stretch his muso wings and profile with his new record company — told Tribute, that he and Justin started jamming after Bieber checked out some of Simpson’s Instagram music videos.
Cody says their creative process was experimental, and produced more than intended.
“We went in and ended up being in the studio til six in the morning…came out with a song, went in the next night and then ended up writing like 12 songs in seven days, working all night,” the teen recalls.
What is certain is this: Two young artists with more to gain — and perhaps offer — at this stage by joining forces, are preparing to land their title-pending, acoustic, duets album this November. And their all-important first single will impact U.S. radio sooner than previously thought.
“Had a meeting with Justin Bieber’s record label last week. The new Bieber/Simpson is real and it’s going to be here in days, not months,” 97.5 Now FM writes.
Source: The Inquisitr News
While we’ve been teased over the summer with photos of Cody Simpson and Justin Bieber working together in studio, Simpson himself has confirmed that they will be releasing a duets album together!
Simpson told The Daily Telegraph, “It is a smack bang duets (album),” he said. “Justin has been a good mate of mine for a while. Its just us writing. He told me he felt like I’d figured myself out and have grown into what he knows I will be so he was like, ‘I see you as that guitarist, singer songwriter you’ve always wanted to be’. I play all the guitars on the album.”
In July, both Simpson and Bieber teased a collaboration together but the nature of their project was unknown at the time.
Dan Kanter has been Justin Bieber’s musical director for the last five years, and says he still can’t believe his dream gig. Over the summer, the Toronto-based guitarist has made frequent trips home to sit as a judge on YTV’s The Next Star – an Idol-type talent contest for JBs in waiting. Here, Kanter shares some of the secrets to his un-Beliebable success (including his best advice for you-know-who)
Even small projects have big pictures
The best advice I’ve ever received was probably from my father. I grew up going to a lot of musicals because my dad was a director of musical theatre. What he taught was to always look at the big picture of a show. Even when I’m just listening to music, I listen to the music and lyrics, of course, but I’m also considering the production, the musical significance of what I’m listening to. I’ve always been fascinated by how music works with lights, wardrobe, dancing. My friends in my high-school band used to make fun of me. We’d be rehearsing for a show and I’d say, guys – this is the moment where there would be a big explosion and they’d be like, we’re playing in the cafeteria. One of my favourite Bieber songs is called Down to Earth. I remember the first time Justin played it for me: It started with just a piano intro and instantly I pictured him sitting at this white grand piano that rose out of a trap door in an opera sort of fog. I can’t believe we were able to do it, but we were. It was awesome.
Every moment is the moment
I’ve been thinking a lot about Dead Poets Society over the past few days and of my 11th-grade teacher, who taught me “carpe diem.” I’m the kind of person who’s always looking ahead to the next thing, always thinking about new projects, new challenges. That being said, it’s so important to be able to be in the moment and love the moment that I’m in, whether that’s the recording studio, writing lyrics, on stage. On the last Bieber tour we would always play this song, One Less Lonely Girl. My part on guitar is somewhat simple, so I really made an effort to look out and scan each section of the crowd and really think about and appreciate where I am in this very moment.
Don’t get distracted by the bright lights
The best advice I’ve ever given to Justin is to put the music first. He is such a great musician, performer, writer. It can be easy to get distracted by the bright lights, but ultimately he’s in it for the music, not the fame. I think for him there are so many distractions – not just lately but for the rest of his life he can’t escape the media. We talk about how it’s so important for him to remember the kid in his bedroom posting videos on YouTube and dreaming about this. I think at the end of the day, his fans love him the most for the music, even more than his charm and good looks. That’s what’s going to live on, not the things you read in the headlines.
Belieber and proud of it
I’m totally proud if people want to identify me as Justin Bieber’s musical director or Justin Bieber’s guitar guy. That’s who I am. I’ve been with Justin for a half decade now and the team is like family. I’m lucky that this has given me the opportunity to do other stuff – being a judge onThe Next Star, making music with Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead. Being the front guy is not something that I ever wanted. I care about being respected by people in the industry, but I love being behind the scenes, being the silhouette and still getting to be such a part of everything. The fans, the Beliebers, are really the best. Even when they’re singing Baby outside the hotel all night and I get no sleep, I still love them.
Source: The Globe and Mail
Justin is the top performer on the Social 50 chart since its launch, and the third-biggest act on the Billboard 200 in the past five years. He is also named the #1 artist that could successfully pull a Beyoncé by dropping a surprise album and having it do well.
When Latimore stopped by PopCrush, he sat down with us and opened up about hitting the studio with Justin Bieber and much more. Check out the interview below
Int: Speaking of the music video, we saw on your Facebook the other day that Justin Bieber surprised you while filming.
Jacob Latimore: He did. Yeah, he did stop by. It was crazy. I texted him, and then he didn’t text me back, and I was like, “Ah, it’s getting late, he’s not coming,” and then I guess a few people on my team were like [whispers], “Don’t tell him, don’t tell him.” And he just arrived. It was crazy. He watched me doing my thing. It was dope.
Int: That’s awesome. So were you really surprised to see him?
Jacob Latimore: Of course! Yeah, I saw him the night before at the studio, we were just chillin’, and I played the record for him. He was like, “It better be dope. If it’s not dope, I’m gonna tell you.” And I’m like, “Aw, no!” I was worried about it, because if he didn’t like the song, I’m gonna be depressed at the video shoot tomorrow. I’m gonna be like, “[Sigh] Bieber don’t like the song.” He ended up liking it, came to the shoot, showed love, so it was cool.
Int: Did he give you any advice?
Jacob Latimore: He encouraged me to write more music. I’ve been getting into that right now and just getting really into my own music and writing and stuff like that. He was giving me good advice on how to start writing, just start writing it down, and just write what you feel.
Int: You’ve talked about wanting to collaborate with him before. Did you work on any songs together in the studio?
Jacob Latimore: Nah, well, he played a few records for me to see what I liked. I kind of told him what direction I was going… We gonna work soon, we gonna work soon. It’s just a matter of time.