Chris Brown hints at Justin Bieber collaboration

Chris Brown performs during a segment honoring Michael Jackson at the 2010 BET Awards in Los Angeles June 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Could a Chris Brown and Justin Bieber duet be debuting the near future? According to the older R&B/pop singer, the two have joined forces for a new song set to premiere early next year.

Brown posted a note about the collaboration via Twitter on Christmas Day, writing, “ME and @justinbieber got a BANGER/SMASH record for all the fans out there at the top of the NEW YEAR!!! 2011 #BREEZYTAKEOVER”

There’s been no official comment yet from Bieber’s camp about the collaboration, which would be Brown’s most high-profile yet since he plead guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, in 2009.

The scandal dealt a major blow to Brown’s career, though the singer has recently made inroads toward a comeback: his current single, “Yeah 3X,” is at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Brown also finished the domestic violence counseling sessions he was required to take as part of his sentencing for the assault, posting a photo of his certificate of completion on Twitter last week.

Bieber, meanwhile, has been a fan of Brown’s since before his rise to fame. One of his most popular YouTube videos remains a cover of a Brown’s “With You” performed on acoustic guitar, a clip uploaded in February of 2008.

It’s unclear whether the new pairing would for Brown’s next album or Bieber’s, which is already confirmed to include a musical partnering with country group Rascal Flatts.