Justin Bieber featured as a guest at a radio show Tuesday, where he was asked about Canadian singer, Shawn Mendes. But, Bieber replied, asking “Who’s Shawn Mendes?”
The pop singer was interviewed on Tuesday at the New York radio station 95.5’s ‘Ralphie Tonight’ show, reported E!Online. Radio host Ralphie Aversa asked Bieber what advice he can give for the YouTube and Vine sensation, 17-year-old Mendes, who is being compared to him. Apparently Bieber was clueless and gave a confused look and asked who Mendes is.
Aversa, on the other hand, was surprised that Bieber doesn’t know who Mendes is, according to Billboard. The radio host amusingly said, “Oh! Oh wow, so you don’t even… I thought for sure you might because he’s also from southern Ontario. He’s 17 years old. He’s got a song called ‘Stitches’ that’s like, doing OK, at pop radio.”
It was then explained to Bieber that Mendes’s debut album is on the top spot on the Billboard 200 charts. Bieber was quoted saying, “Nice. Nice. Good for him. I don’t know him but I will check him out for sure.”
Nobody knows if Bieber was just shading Mendes or he hasn’t really heard of him. The "Stitches" singer on the other hand, doesn’t want to be compared to Bieber, according to a report made by Toronto Sun. In an interview with Mendes last April, he was hoping that he would be the next big star from Canada.
“But (Justin’s) stuff and style are totally different. When I play shows, it’s just me and the guitar so it’s kind of unique. I mean, I really look up to Ed Sheeran. I really look up to Bruno Mars, and yeah, Justin’s great too," Mendes said.
True enough that Mendes’ folk, acoustic guitar style, which is similar to Sheeran’s music is different from Bieber’s pop, RnB sound. But he is being compared to Bieber as they both started young in the music industry, both good looking, and become popular and discovered online, with teenage girls as the majority of their fans.
Mendes was from Ontario, and his Vine postings made him famous, which is reminiscent of Bieber, who became popular through his YouTube videos. Asked about how he handles his success and popularity, Mendes answered, “I don’t think any of us (Bieber) know how to handle it—we’re just doing the best we can naturally.”
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