When we spoke the day before, Harrell insisted that despite the squadron of professional songwriters penning demo tracks for him, Bieber is in charge of his musical identity. “He knows his brand,” he said. “If he hears something, he’ll go, ‘I think that’s me….’ The brand steers the ship.” (Or as Bieber himself puts it to me, with casual bravado: “I’ve never made a bad song.”) I asked Harrell, who also works with Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, if Bieber ever needs to be pushed during recording—if he ever gets his feelings hurt. Harrell said no: “He hurts feelings.”
Hmmm. Do you guys agree?