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Justin Bieber the next Michael Jackson?

Published: 7:29AM Friday November 23, 2012 Source: ONE News

Not content to simply be one of the world's biggest stars, Justin Bieber is looking to emulate the success of the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson.

"I model my career on the decisions Michael made and how he kept his young fan base and kept his private life private," Bieber told Canadian magazine Maclean's in an interview published this week.

"All those things add up to me. That made him super interesting."

Bieber's manager Scooter Braun, who discovered the 18-year-old in his hometown of Stratford in Canada, said the singer is aiming high to avoid fading from the spotlight as he transitions from teen star into a more credible musical artist.

"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 told Maclean's.

Earlier this week, Bieber swept the American Music Awards, sending British boybands One Direction and The Wanted home empty-handed.

Bieber won all three categories in which he was nominated, including the night's biggest award - artist of the year - over Rihanna, Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Drake.

"This is for all the haters who thought that maybe I was just here for one or two years, but I feel like I am going to be here for a very long time," Bieber said on stage, dedicating his first win of the night to mother Pattie Mallette, who accompanied him after his widely reported split from girlfriend Selena Gomez.

"It's hard growing up with everything going on, with everyone watching me," said Bieber at the end of the night. "I wanted to say that as long as you guys keep believing in me, I want to always make you proud."