Chris Brown told MTV News that it was awesome getting Bieber on board for “Next 2 You.”Brown became interested in featuring the teen star on his album after the duo worked on the remix to Bieber’s track “Up,” which was featured onNever Say Never – The Remixes.
“Being able to collab with [Bieber] was great,” Brown said. “He’s a young, energetic cat, so being able to work with him, with the fanbase he has, was incredible. I know a lot of little girls are going to love this record.
“I wouldn’t say [he’s] my protégé. He’s doing his thing at a young age, and I was doing mine at a young age, so being able to see him come up is dope.”
Brown explained that the two of them didn’t quite get into the studio together, however.
“I actually stood him up on accident,” Brown recalled. “He was kind of mad … I was all the way on the other side of town handling some business, ‘girl business,’ and I was rushing back, and by that time, he’s like, ‘Man, I’m leaving, bro. I did it — just check it out.’ And I looked at it and listened to it and I was like, ‘Man, this is crazy.’ … He’s a great kid.”