17-year-old producer Steve James credited on title track of Justin Bieber’s upcoming album
Love him or hate him, the second wind of Justin Bieber’s career has inarguably been a commercial success. Multiple number-one hits and crossover collaborations with respected artists and producers like Diplo, Zedd, Skrillex, and Halsey are building anticipation for his new album Purpose, which drops November 13.
The credits of the 19-track album were revealed with the pre-order link, and some unexpected names have been unearthed among them. One such discovery is Pittsburg-based DJ and newcomer Steve James, who has built a name for himself over the last 18 months remixing the likes of Kaskade and John Legend and touring as support for The Chainsmokers. James, real name Stephen Philibin, is but 17 years old, and is credited on the album’s thirteenth track, which is also the title track. James tweeted in support of the album, jumpstarting the speculation of his involvement.
So two things… First, you should definitely consider preordering #PURPOSE at midnight tonight. It’s going to be an album for the ages.
— Steve James (@stevejamesDJ) October 15, 2015
Other intriguing collaborators generating buzz include Travi$ Scott, Mike Dean, Ed Sheeran, and Nas, in addition to Bieber’s vocal advocate Sonny Moore. Purpose drops November 13.