Bryan Adams just released his first album of original music in seven years, the last being 11 in 2008. For Get Up!, which was released worldwide on October 16th, Adams let the music come together organically, aided by his partnership with the main creative force behind Electric Light Orchestra, Jeff Lynne.
“It’s a terrific honor,” Adams says of his time in the studio working with Lynne. “We made a song, and then we made another song, and then we made another song, and next thing you know it was an album.”
Adams’ work with Lynne shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, but his pairing with another fellow Canadian should; Justin Bieber. The pair of Canucks are both signed to Universal, so when they were in Berlin, Germany for a company convention, Adams suggested the two perform one of Bieber’s songs together.
“I said to him, ‘Hey, let’s do a song for everybody. They would love it.’ And that’s how it happened,” says Adams. “I didn’t know many of his songs… I quickly looked up one of them and just learned it right on the spot and then went out and did it with him.”
Bieber has continued to repair his image while simultaneously releasing hit single after hit single from his upcoming record, Purpose, the two decided to throw it back to his first major hit, 2010’s “Baby.”
(The video loops, so no need to watch after the 4:00 mark.)
Adams’ thirteenth studio album Get Up! is available now and he’ll be performing two shows in the area in 2016: February 11th at the Beacon Theatre and July 30th at the Mohegan Sun. Tickets for both shows can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com.
Listen to Scott Shannon’s full interview with Bryan Adams below.