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Friday, February 14, 2020 1:00 am

Briefs

Bieber discusses feeling fear

Associated Press

Justin Bieber admits getting back in the studio to record his first album in five years wasn't easy.

“I was dealing with a lot of fear,” the singer told Zane Lowe in an interview with Apple Music, to be released on Saturday. “Just was afraid of, at that point, just even the process; what am I going to talk about again, is it gonna be received. I'm starting to compare with other artists.”

Bieber releases his first album of new music since 2015 today with “Changes,” the follow-up to his Grammy-winning, multiplatinum album “Purpose.” While he married Hailey Baldwin last year, Bieber has also talked about enduring several challenges in the past few years, including dealing with depression, recovering from past drug use and contracting Lyme disease, which he says seriously affected his health.

Bieber says it wasn't until he performed on stage with Ariana Grande last year at Coachella and received an ovation that he got a “boost of confidence.”

“It kind of reminded me ... this is what I do, this is what I'm good at, and I don't need to run away from it,” he said.

'Wimpy' author pens new book

The “Wimpy Kid” and author Jeff Kinney are both embarking on new paths.

Amulet Books announced Thursday that Kinney's latest novel is called “Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure” and comes out April 7 with an announced first printing of 3 million copies, among the highest for any fiction writer. Rowley Jefferson, “Wimpy Kid” Greg Heffley's best friend, is the book's narrator. He will tell the story of “Roland the Kind” and “Garg the Barbarian” and their quest to vanquish the evil White Warlock. The book is a follow-up to last year's “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” spinoff “Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid.”

Kinney also plans an unusual promotional tour this spring. There is no advance itinerary, not even for Kinney. Every day a new destination, decided upon by his publisher and various booksellers, will be announced. Kinney will “surprise children at underserved schools and meet his fans at independent bookstores, all without knowing where he will be heading next.”

More predictably, Kinney will have his 15th “Wimpy Kid” book – currently untitled – out this fall, a tradition lasting more than a decade. According to Amulet, an imprint of Abrams Children's Books, more than 200 million copies have sold worldwide.


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