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Fear led Bieber to stay away from music

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, 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 released his first album of new music since 2015 Friday 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 the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 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.

King accepts Snoop Dogg's apology for rant

Gayle King says she accepts Snoop Dogg's apology, and the CBS anchor says she's sorry that her interview last week added to the pain of people grieving over Kobe Bryant's death.

The rapper had posted a profane, threatening video directed toward King last week following her interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie. He was mad King had asked Leslie, in the wake of Bryant's death in a helicopter crash, whether a 2003 sexual abuse allegation damaged the former Los Angeles Laker's legacy.

While others shared his anger, Snoop Dogg was criticized for the ugliness of his threat. He posted an apology on Instagram, saying "when you're wrong, you gotta fix it."

"I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss," King said in a statement to The Associated Press.

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She said it was never her intention to add to the pain.

"As a journalist, it is sometimes challenging to balance doing my job with the emotions and feelings during difficult times," King said. "I don't always get it perfect but I'm constantly striving to do it with compassion and integrity."

Low-profile Koch brother, Frederick, dies at 86

Frederick Koch, who kept a low profile as an arts benefactor rather than joining the family oil business that became Koch Industries, has died, according to the New York Times. He was 86.

His friend and longtime assistant John Olsen told the Times Koch died at his Manhattan home on Wednesday of heart failure.

Koch was the oldest of four sons of Fred Koch of Wichita, Kansas. His high profile billionaire younger brothers, Charles and David, ran Koch Industries and bankrolled libertarian causes, but Frederick rarely saw them and preferred to live in relative anonymity, according to the Times.

Koch used his share of the family wealth to support a career as a benefactor of the arts and historic preservation. He amassed extensive collections of rare books, musical manuscripts and fine and decorative arts, including Marie Antoinette's canopied bed.

His collection of manor houses included a 150-room castle in Austria once owned by Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which Koch used for decades as a summer retreat.

Olsen said Koch's entire estate will be used to establish a foundation to promote the study of literature, history and the arts.

Today's birthdays: Actor Hal Holbrook is 95. Actress Christina Pickles is 85. Actress Brenda Fricker is 75. Actress Rene Russo is 66. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 58. Comedian Larry the Cable Guy is 57. Singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is 48. Actor Jerry O'Connell is 46. TV personality Paris Hilton is 39. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is 29. Actress Sasha Pieterse ("Pretty Little Liars") is 24.

— The Associated Press


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