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Justin Bieber is already one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, but he has loftier ambitions. He wants to be the next King of Pop, revealing in a new interview that he hopes to become the next Michael Jackson.
The Canadian native spoke with Maclean’s, telling the magazine that his ultimate goal is to be as big as Jackson.
“That’s where I want to be,” he said. “I don’t just want to be a teen heartthrob.”
Scooter Braun, the Believe singer’s manager, even said that they often ask "What Would Michael Do?”
“It’s not that Justin wants to be Michael Jackson. But his thing is, if Michael was the greatest, then why not look to him? You’re supposed to study the greats, their successes and failures,” Braun said.
Bieber explained that he admires the way Jackson, who died in 2009, tried to please his fans while attempting to keep his personal life private. “I model my career on the decisions Michael made and how he kept his young fan base and kept his private life private. All those things add up to me. That made him super interesting,” the 18-year-old singer said.
Maclean’s notes that Bieber has already referenced Jackson’s work throughout his career, pointing to the “We’ve Got A Good Thing Going” sampling in “Die in Your Arms” and the similarities “Maria” has with “Billie Jean.”
If there is anyone else that Bieber admires as much as Jackson, it is Elvis Presley. “I like that Elvis was a good boy but wasn’t a good boy at the same time,” he told the magazine. “He made that infamous dance that shocked everyone. I’m not picture perfect. I don’t want to be inappropriate. Just not perfect like a Disney kid. Nothing against . . .”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bieber’s interview comes just before his performance at the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup in Toronto this weekend. His Believe tour is also currently in Canada.