Fa La La
by Justin Bieber (featuring Boyz II Men)

Album: Under the Mistletoe (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • This song features American R&B vocal group, Boyz II Men, who were one of the most successful acts of the 1990s. Nathan Morris of the Boyz told Billboard magazine that this track on Justin's Christmas album presented the perfect opportunity for the group to collaborate with the teen star. "We always were thinking about trying to do something together, but we wanted to do something different, where it's not just us on his album," he said. "We are two different genres and age groups, so you gotta do something that makes sense, and the Christmas album just made sense."
  • The collaboration came together after Boyz II Men ran into Justin and his manager in 2010 in a Los Angeles hotel. "We met him in the hotel, at the Le Montrose, in L.A. and the dude, he had a cast on at the time," Morris remembered to MTV News. "And he stepped up and said, 'Oh my God! Boyz II Men, you're my favorite group!' And we're like, 'Oh, OK,' and at the time, we didn't know who he was. He was a new dude, and the next thing you know, he's huge. And I'm like, 'That's the same guy!'"
  • Justin tweeted the day after Boyz II Men recorded their part: "2day i woke up and realized that the group that made me want to sing @BoyzIIMen are now on the christmas album singing with me. #DREAMBIG.
    i used 2 listen to their music and practice the runs. that is how i learned how to sing. now im in the studio with them making music 2gether. im telling you...never say never...never stop dreaming....never give up," he continued. "#DREAMBIG. @BoyzIIMen Im honored and blessed. thank u."
  • Boyz II Men previously linked up with Justin in his 2011 3-D movie Never Say Never. When the film was released, the teen star cited the group as one of his favorite musical influences. "My fans inspire me, as well as my mom inspires me and my dad and God inspires me," he said. "I've looked up to a lot of musicians, like Michael Jackson and Boyz II Men. I met Boyz II Men. I didn't get to meet Michael Jackson."
  • There is also an acapella version of this song on the deluxe edition of Under the Mistletoe.
  • Justin reached puberty during the recording of Under the Mistletoe, giving his voice a deeper sound than before, thus making this collaboration with Boyz II Men very apt!
  • Bernard "Harv" Harvey started out playing bass in Justin Bieber's band while laying beats in his spare time. Justin got to hear his productions, thought they were dope, and started writing over them. This song is Harv's first placement; he went on to become the Biebs' music director.

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