If Austin Mahone’s after-hours workplace romance in his “Dirty Work” video proves anything, it’s that the 19-year-old has grown up. “It’s definitely way more mature stuff,” Mahone tells EW of his first studio album. “We’ve talked through some cool concepts and got some good stuff. It’s definitely way different than the EPs.”
The pop star dropped the lead single off his untitled debut in July, accompanied a few weeks later by the aforementioned video. Wednesday, Mahone further demonstrated his newfound grownup status with “Do It Right,” a slow jam featuring Rob The Villan, which he revealed on Twitter. The new track represents a departure from Mahone’s usual sugary hits, as he takes a step back to praise a woman who knows exactly what she’s doing.
Mahone — who uses social media for everything from sharing his thoughts on The Weeknd’s latest release to the name of his upcoming single — has continued to engage with his fans socially, and knows that’s where he got his start four years ago thanks to his viral cover of Justin Bieber’s “Mistletoe.” “I’m on Twitter all the time, and Facebook,” Mahone says. “It helps me out with what fans are most excited to hear.”
As for what Mahomies can expect from the new collection, the Texas native says it’ll be a part pop, part R&B collection, influenced by Chris Brown and Bruno Mars. “It’s a good mixture,” he promises. Mahone adds collaborations with Pia Mia and former girlfriend Becky G to the mix for an album he assures will feature a different style and sound quality.
Despite having two EPs under his belt, Mahone hopes his untitled debut, expected before 2015’s end, will secure his place in the industry. “I’m coming out strong,” Mahone says. “I want fans to be like, ‘This kid’s dope. We’ve heard of him before, but now we can appreciate him.'”