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Larry King NowSep 07 '16

18-year-old music sensation Shawn Mendes discusses whether or not he enjoys being compared to fellow platinum-selling artist Justin Bieber, something many in the industry have a tendency to do given how similar Mendes's path to stardom is to that of Bieber's.

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Larry King: Is this the way Bieber started, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran?

Shawn Mendes: Kind of.

Larry King: Are they kind of the same route?

Shawn Mendes: Kind of, kind of. Justin started on YouTube, so a little different, but yeah.

Larry King: Are you, do you get compared to them?

Shawn Mendes: Totally, yeah. I mean…

Larry King: Do you like that or not like it?

Shawn Mendes: I think there’s things to like and things not to like. I think Justin and obviously Ed Sheeran are both phenomenal artists. Obviously my music’s different than Justin’s, closer to Ed’s so you know, there’s good things.

Larry King: You know each other?

Shawn Mendes: Justin and… yeah, yeah. Definitely.

Larry King: Artist we’d be most surprised to hear you listen to?

Shawn Mendes: I dunno. I listen to a lot of Justin Bieber. I don’t know if people know that.

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