Justin Bieber belts it out on stage on the cover of the latest issue of Billboard Magazine.
In addition to premiering his new song “Nothing Like Us,” the 18-year-old dished on his Grammy snub, his recent heartbreak and more. Check out some highlights!
Unless something really unexpected develops, Believe Acoustic will be your fifth No. 1 album. No one in the 55-plus-year history of our charts has accomplished this at your age. How do you wrap your head around this? Is the history important to you? Of course. I feel blessed that I’m able to do what I love for a living. I can support my family. I grew up without a lot. I remember ordering food off the menu with my mom and we’d have to share because we couldn’t afford more. I love performing. When I go onstage and I see these people? That’s what I do it for.
Is a No. 1 album a validation? Definitely. It shows that I’m still making good music and people are supporting me and I’m not going anywhere any time soon. This is just an acoustic album of an album that I’ve already put out and it’s going to go No. 1-that shows people that I’m still here and that talent rises above everything else. There’s so much going on. Talent rises above all of that.
Speaking of validation, let’s talk about the Grammys. Your manager Scooter Braun took to Twitter when the nominations were announced and you didn’t get one. How did you feel about it? I felt the same way that Scooter felt, I just can’t really… it’s good that he can put it out there and say that. He had my back just like any manager would. My whole life I’ve dreamed of winning a Grammy. At this point, the excitement of that has gone down. I’m more excited to just make great music for my fans. That’s just something that if it happens, it happens.
Will you go to the Grammys this year? I will not be there.
Is there anyone that you’re pulling for that night? Chris Brown. I’m a fan. His music is really good. That’s what they should focus on: the music.
There’s been all this back-and-forth with both you and Selena Gomez separately covering “Cry Me a River.” The blogs have a field day speculating about what happened to your relationship. There’s so many rumors. People say I call Selena every day and she won’t pick up the phone or I’m chasing her down, and these are all fake stories.
Do you pay attention? I don’t go on blogs or anything like that. I hear things. People tell me if something happens on the Internet. It gets back to me, definitely.
You’re pretty heartbroken? I’m not in the happiest place that I’ve ever been. I’m trying to get through what I’m going through. Like I said, I have my really close friends to cheer me up and keep me going.
You’re working on your next album essentially? Either next album or for something to release through the Internet. I have so much on my mind, I want to put it in my music. I know I just put out Believe, and this acoustic album, but I want to produce music.
Read more of the cover story here and be sure to pick up a copy! Also watch a video of the Biebs singing “All Around the World” acoustically.