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A couple years ago, we asked: is Austin Mahone the next Justin Bieber?

Most likely not, it appears, but that isn’t stopping the young artist from teaming up with Justin Bieber. 

Both handsome singers posted the same photo of themselves in a recording studio today, as they’re locked in an embrace with Cash Money co-founder Birdman and Young Money performer Mack Maine.

“New music #YMCMB,” wrote Bieber as a caption, while Mahone added: “What an amazing song last night..The world isn’t ready! @justinbieber.”

Justin & Hailey at the Met Gala

An insider has confirmed that Mahone and Bieber (who is about to strike a plea deal in his DUI case) are collaborating on at least one new track, with a source telling Gossip Cop:


The artists “really respect each other’s music” and have worked with “a lot of the same producers.”

“Justin knew Austin has been in the studio working on his album and had a song he thought could be really perfect to do with Austin,” added this mole.

It’s unclear when the single will be released, and it’s also unclear why Mahone has respect for Bieber.

We can think of at least 13 reasons why we sort of wanna punch the brat in the face…