You clearly don’t need any more fans, but is it important for you to be accepted by all types of people at any age?
JB: Not everyone’s going to like my music. People might not like my music, because I’m just not their style of music that they like to listen to. I’m not into screamo music, but I respect it. It’s hard to do, to keep your voice and stuff like that. It’s hard to do, so I respect the music. It’s just not my favorite to listen to. That’s all I want. I just want people to respect me as an artist.
Some people live by the motto, “My music ain’t for everyone.” Do you think about your music reaching a specific audience?
JB: No. I mean, I would consider my music like, pop-R&B. So it can reach a lot of people. Pop is popular music. That’s what it stands for. So I’m just making music that I know that I like, I know other people will like, and my fans will like. Also, the dressing type of thing. I want to go out there and do some different things that people are like, “Wow. That’s crazy. Why didn’t I think of that?” P
You spoke at the Michael Jackson tribute, and you got to meet his family.
What was that like?
JB: It was crazy. It was just an honor, because I was the only artist they asked to come. So to be there and have his mother and his daughter introduce me, that was great. His daughter saying, “I think my dad would have loved to mentor you” was just really nice to hear.
Scooter said that the only person you look to is Michael Jackson. Is that fair to say that you don’t feel competition from other people?
JB: No. I don’t feel competition at all. I just feel like I want to be the best. In everything that Michael did, he was the best. When he was dancing, when he was singing, he always wanted to be the best, and that’s me... He’s the guideline.
That’s fair to say.
JB: I just want to be the biggest artist that I can be, and I want to make a difference. I feel like Michael made a difference with everything that he did. He was so charitable and just always on-point. I just want to be where he is, as an artist.
I just want to be the biggest artist that I can be, and I want to make a difference. I feel like Michael [Jackson] made a difference with everything that he did. He was so charitable and always on-point. I just want to be where he is as an artist.
I know you’re an athlete, and you’re a competitive person. You want to sell out the most arenas and stuff like that. Where do you get your competitive drive from?
JB: I just feel like there’s no point doing this if I’m not going to be the best.
Right. That’s how everybody should feel, but not a lot of people feel that way.
JB: Everybody just tries to be successful. Like, sure, it’s good to be successful, but if you’re working that hard? This is how I feel, I work so many hours a day, and I’m always working, I’m always traveling. I give up so much to do what I do. Like, I give up a personal life. I give up my friends, my family. I give up a lot of stuff to pursue what I love and to make my fans happy. I give up so much. So, I’m going to be the best. Why would I give up so much to just be another singer or another person doing what he loves? I’m out here doing everything to the best of my capability to be the best. When I release something, I’m like, “OK, I want it to be the best.” When I release my fragrance, I want it to be the number one fragrance. I don’t want it to be like, “Oh yeah, you got ninth on the rankings.” Nah. I’m like, “What are we not doing?” My Christmas album went double-platinum worldwide. Christmas albums don’t really do that. I was like, “That’s not good enough. There’s no reason we shouldn’t be selling more.” I just want to be the best I can be.