OnlyOnAOL: Austin Mahone gets candid about his new album, releasing free music, and his fans

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BY: GIBSON JOHNS

"I would consider doing [a holiday album], but I'm trying to focus on getting my actual album out first, though. That's what I'm really working on right now."

Sitting down exclusively with AOL.com before helping Lord & Taylor unveil their festive holiday windows at their 5th Avenue store, Austin Mahone makes it clear that his sole focus at the moment is working on getting his album released, something that has proven to be way more difficult than it sounds.

"I don't really know when it's going to be out," Mahone explained. "I'm still working on it, and it's going good."

It's been almost six months since "Dirty Work," his upcoming album's first single, was released to good reception from fans and critics alike. It's an exciting new sound for the singer -- a sound that teased to the world what they could expect from his upcoming album. So, even though Mahone isn't sure when his first full-length effort will be released, he promised that he has some exciting material that he plans to put out in the meantime -- for free.



"But I got this project that I made with my friend, Robert, and it's like 16 songs that we just did in the studio at my house," Mahone teased. "The ones I put on SoundCloud -- those were some of the songs that I liked from this project. But I'm gonna put that out for free for the fans to keep them hanging on until the album comes out."

And will these new songs be out before the end of the year?

"I'm trying to," Mahone says hopefully. "Hopefully I can make that happen."

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OnlyOnAOL: Austin Mahone gets candid about his new album, releasing free music, and his fans
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Austin Mahone performs during the 2015 Holiday Window unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Austin Mahone performs during the 2015 Holiday Window unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Austin Mahone performs during the 2015 Holiday Window unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Austin Mahone performs during the 2015 Holiday Window unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Austin Mahone performs during the 2015 Lord & Taylor holiday windows unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Austin Mahone performs during the 2015 Holiday Window unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Austin Mahone performs during the 2015 Holiday Window unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Austin Mahone attends the 2015 Lord & Taylor holiday windows unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Austin Mahone performs during the 2015 Lord & Taylor holiday windows unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Austin Mahone and Liz Rodbell speak during the 2015 Holiday Window unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Austin Mahone performs during the 2015 Lord & Taylor holiday windows unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Austin Mahone attends the 2015 Lord & Taylor holiday windows unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Austin Mahone attends the 2015 Lord & Taylor holiday windows unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Austin Mahone attends the 2015 Lord & Taylor holiday windows unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Austin Mahone attends the 2015 Lord & Taylor holiday windows unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Austin Mahone attends the 2015 Lord & Taylor holiday windows unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Austin Mahone attends the 2015 Lord & Taylor holiday windows unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Austin Mahone attends the 2015 Lord & Taylor holiday windows unveiling at Lord & Taylor on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Lord & Taylor NYC 2015 Holiday Windows Unveiling with Austin Mahone on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Lord & Taylor NYC 2015 Holiday Windows Unveiling with Austin Mahone on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Lord & Taylor NYC 2015 Holiday Windows Unveiling with Austin Mahone on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Lord & Taylor NYC 2015 Holiday Windows Unveiling with Austin Mahone on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Lord & Taylor NYC 2015 Holiday Windows Unveiling with Austin Mahone on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)
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Mahone is optimistic, but he's also had to be incredibly patient over the past year, as he's reached roadblocks in releasing his new music. When we asked him what he's most proud of from the past year, he paused before saying just that: He's proud of his patience.

"There have been so many times that I've just almost just lost all my patience, but I'm trying to keep it together as best that I can," he explained. "[I wish I had] released more music. There have been times that I've been about to release something, but then someone has told me to hold off and put it out later and then it doesn't happen and that song gets forgotten about."



It's a constant cycle of frustration for Mahone. But, as mentioned before, he's clearly hopeful about the material he's recorded for his debut album. His goal for the new year? Release a number one single, and there's one group of people he wants to accomplish that goal for: His fans, the Mahomies.

"They're very dedicated to me, so I want to show them love." And whenever that time comes, I'm sure it will be worth the wait.

@austinmahone is on 🔥 #AustinMahone #Mahomies

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