Austin Mahone billed as the next Justin Bieber

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Austin Mahone billed as the next Justin Bieber

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“The secret” is out: Austin Mahone looks set to become the next ‘Justin Bieber’ of pop music.

Featuring the grandmaster of party anthems – American rapper Pitbull – and almost entirely produced by mega-hit maker RedOne, the teen sensation’s debut EP 'The Secret' is out now.

“My sound? I would describe it definitely as pop. I have like a little R&B side to me though because I love R&B, so I try to incorporate that into the songs that I write and produce myself. So I like that, but you know the EP, ‘The Secret’, has kind of like a ‘
90s Backstreet Boy and little bit of EDM kind of vibe to it. So it’s pretty sweet,” says Mahone.

Like Bieber, Mahone got his start on YouTube and catapulted to teen heartthrob status with his female-centric pop sound and dance moves.

But, he says, that's where the comparison ends: “I mean, I can kind of see where they’re coming from, but at the same time it’s kind of obnoxious to me because they see a young kid who sings and dances and then people that may not know they’re like ‘Oh another Justin Bieber’. Like you don’t even know, you don’t know me, you don’t know my music, you’re just making assumptions. “

Austin Mahone is on stage in London, Paris and Berlin this month before his US tour kicks off in his hometown of San Antonio in July.

His debut album is due out in November.

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