Justin Bieber: ‘I Want To Be the Next Michael Jackson’

Justin Bieber on the cover of Maclean’s Magazine (Nov. 26, 2012).

Justin Bieber has made a serious declaration to Maclean’s magazine: he wants to be the next ‘king of pop.’

According to the magazine, written by reporter Brian D. Johnson, Justin said he doesn’t just want to be a teen heartthrob.

Justin, who knows he’s on top right now, wants to stay there, and so he’s modelling his career after Michael Jackson, the original ‘king of pop.’

“I don’t want to be second-best, I don’t want to be third-best, fourth-best. I want to be the best, so that takes a lot of dedication and a lot of hard work,” He told the magazine.

You can read the full story in the latest issue of Maclean’s magazine, which hits newsstands Thursday Nov 15.

  • Fiela

    1st! AWE :) Like his idol♥

    • {MJ & JB FAN}

      omg he loves michael too….. u dont know happy this makes me feel and justin trust me …. U WILL!!!!!. we have the same insperation. thats my boy, keep focusing in ur career and forget bout selena. its her loss!!!

      • Jsha bieber

        I agree with u fiber :)


        Justin is better artist than Jackson !

  • Fiela

    Just like me I would like to be famous like him.. or closer to that..^^

  • essie j

    he is the next Michael Jackson for sure :D

    • Alisha


      • michaelwannabe

        only in his best dreams haha

    • Original justin bieber

      thank you baby

    • LOL

      You’re out of your damn mind. No one can ever top Michael Jackson, he’s paved the way for many careers and done things with music that didn’t seem possible. Bieber is good but he’ll never reach MJ’s unparalleled talent

      • lili

        how dare you compare Justin to Michael i love Justin but seriously THIS IS ABSOLUTELY DISRESPECTFUL MJ was from another planet NOBODY will ever did what he did for us and the impact that he had on music he has breaking barriers for all the young artists that u see today and he inspired them all ever Justin so to even think that Justin will be as big as MJ was u are totally out of ur damn mind Justin is talented but never will be a living legend like MJ IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE !!!!

  • bieber love

    YOU will be promise for us….

  • Semi belieber

    U already r our king of pop jb;-);-);-);-);-)

  • Marion

    Please Justin be safe ! Don’t want you to die in motorcycle accident… Teenagers are risk-takers. Think of Your mom, how devastated she would be if something happened to you. No matter how upset you might be don’t take risk with your life. Life is too precious.

    • Jsha bieber

      He kr!

    • always belieber

      nothing will happen u thinking negative just think positive……….

  • Alisha

    Yes! Of course justin, u can be the king of pop. u r the best in the world. Luv u justin #prince of pop <3

    • Jsha bieber


  • BeliebersForever

    prince of pop

  • Original justin bieber

    Aww thank yoouu dear:)

  • Original justin bieber

    And thanks for coments

  • Jsha bieber

    Awwwww thats adroble <3. I really think that u are the future MJ but u will be more famouse than MJ for sure. Ur makin an epic HISTORY to the whole world. U will score high goals in future bcuz ur doin really hard work. No one can be like u never ever ever…….

    • Jezzy

      O GOD!How stupid!He will be the famous Justin ,he won’t be the next Michael Jackson NEVER.And his NEVER SAY NEVER is FAKE advice ,trust me, some people are really stupid and naive to BELIEVE this.i am not hater,i LOVE him , but i am also Michael’s biggest fan……some day you will understand what i mean….

      • essie j

        Jezzy if u believe that justin is fake then ur not a belieber so get the f out

      • michaelwannabe


      • xoBelieberox

        His never say never is not fake advice. It means to never give up on your dreams.. I think that phrase is inspirational. How do you know that he won’t be the next michael jackson? Justin is really tallented and is going to be the king of pop for sure. Don’t be so negative about things. If you were a Belieber, you would believe in everything and goals that he can reach in the near future

      • {MJ & JB FAN}

        @jezzy I am A HHHHHHHHHHHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEE michael jackson fan…and do u know I kinda use to not love hime but since vids like boyfriend,beauty and a beat,as long as you love me came out I kinda felt related cuz justin is about 4 years older than me!
        I do think he can be a beautiful michael!

      • Original justin bieber

        Jezzy .I think you just jeolous or you LOVE me so much baby

    • DB

      Stop dreaming please please stop. I understand that you love JB but in all honesty he will never ever reach MJS level or get any where near it for sure. Its just never going to happen y’ll see.Just remember DB told you so.

      • essie j

        DB justin will prove you wrong ;)

      • Original justin bieber

        DB maybe you are right

  • JustinBieberFanForeva

    Why is everlybody saying Him&&Selena are still Together?

  • halo

    sorry but no one can beat Michael Jackson not even justin, that’s my opinion. Plus there’s only one king of pop and that title is taken, sorry justin but he’s staying prince of pop

    • BeliebersForever

      I agree 100% but not only can he be the prince of pop he can also be the king of swag

      • Jezzy

        really we all know just ONE KING OF POP is Michael Jaskson.NO one can compare him,but no one can compare to KING OF SWAG!!!

      • retarted fangirls

        What swag doesn’t someone have to dress him and just because Michael Jackson is dead doesn’t mean someone can takeover let’s face Justin at least has to have a lot of guys like his music too not just girls

      • {MJ & JB FAN}

        I agree 50%.
        but am 100% sure that if michael was alive ..he would have agreed of sum1 like justin to share the position!
        why??!!! cuz michael is not a stupid hater and brain is full of scense… soo he could have seen the enourmous talent justin has and which is hiddin because of haterz !!!

  • ivan

    As Simon Cal says: don’t underestimate him. At 18 he’s an amazing performer who can only get better. You get a hint of his Michael Jackson type charisma in his performance of Die In Your Arms and She Don’t Like The Lights peformances in Believe concert. He should perform this at awards show sunday. It would blow them away!

  • BeliebersForever

    prince of pop and king of swag

  • humm

    he will never be Michael Jackson. Nobody can EVER compare to the legend and take Michael’s place as a king of pop. No way no how.

    • {MJ & JB FAN}

      yes he can be the next michael…. if haterz like u vanished!

  • farah

    justin will be …..coz NEVER SAY NEVER

  • daughterofLordRauhl

    Where is that damn @retartedfangirls? I’m surprised that she’s not here yet, come on back! You wanna go at it again, fine! I’m as mad as hell, then why do you keep on coming back and interrupting people’s damn conversation? Come on back! Try to be hell to me.

  • daughterofLordRauhl

    Ok, my first comment had nothing to do with anything, but to the point, I think that he can do it. No, no one can be Michael, but I think even so, Justin can be “successor to the throne”. ;) I believe Michael would have liked him. So let’s see of he can be the reigning “king”. If he can’t be “King of Pop”, he’ll always be our “King of Swag”. :) Oh, and @retartedfangirls, if you ever get here, I’m still doing my happy dance, cause you ain’t nothing but a rude hater who interrupts everyone to me.

    • daughterofLordRauhl

      The reason I say that he can be “successor to the the throne” is because, well, let’s face it, Michael died. It’s sad, but he died. So Justin, even though never as good as Michael, can be successor because he is the biggest LIVING artist today. Just wanted to make that clear.

      • BeliebersForever

        I agree with u daughterofLordRauhl

      • daughterofLordRauhl

        Thank you. Some people understand. That’s good to know. :)

      • Marley

        He’s not the biggest artist right now. He’s one of the biggest, but certainly isn’t on top or the best one either. Clear your head of delusion please.

      • daughterofLordRauhl

        Just curious, who is?

  • ivan

    The terms king of pop or prince of pop has been said by others toward Justin to indicate he is the top male pop performer today; there is nothing wrong with saying he is the new MJ since MJ died unfortunately. people spoke of Grayson Chance or Cody Simpson for example as the new justin bieber just as we speak of JB as the new MJ. He is merely striving to be as good as Michael was-nothing wrong with that.

    • BeliebersForever

      I respect ur opinion ivan

  • goldeneda-belieberx3

    yeahhh you are the new KİNG babyyy <3 love U !!!!!! <3

  • daughterofLordRauhl

    Where’s Chris Brown?

  • Jezzy

    his NEVER SAY NEVER is FAKE advice ,trust me, some people are really stupid and naive to BELIEVE this

    • BeliebersForever

      If u r gonna say mean things don’t say it at all or leave the site

      • Original justin bieber

        BeliebersForever don’t be so rude to Jezzy please babe.I LOVE my haters,they are so funny.lol

    • xoBelieberox

      no its not

  • Jess Bieb

    why can’t he just be “justin bieber”? why does he have to be “the next” of something? I personally believe that he’s not gonna be “the next MJ”, but i also believe that nobody is going to be “the next justin bieber”, He’s unique in his own way and MJ is unique in his own way.

    • Alisha

      Sooo true

  • Sarah

    He’s surely famous and has a lot of fans, BUT, MJ was loved by ALL kinds of people, and justin’s fans are 98% females. So apparently his music is only appealing to girls. So if he wants to be the next MJ, his music needs to grow.

  • Jelena?


    being the ‘next’ Michael Jackson… is guna be some hard wrk jb..

    u r amazingly-talented.. #NoLie

    i will support yu in yur dream!!!!!!!!!!! #TrueBeliebers just wanna see yu happy..
    nd when yu succeed in yur goal…. ;) i’ll be soo proud!! lol
    im proud now.. but ukno wat i meen.. :) :) :) :)

    im not obsessed wit yu.. rlly im not..
    yu just inspire me so much.. ur story.. just gets to my heart everytime i read about it, or hear yu tlk about it.. u never gave up..

    nd ppl like yu, give hope to ppl like me! ppl who wanna b somebody.. nd live their dreams toooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

    just keep doin wat u doin… nd i'll always b a fan…
    if yu'd ask me if i had #BieberFever….
    i'd say "ehhh yu cud prolly maybe say dat.. ;p" hahaaa



  • ivan

    MJ was a unique talent. I know about his career from the time he started as a kid-he was great. To strive to be like him is Justin’s dream-don’t know if he will be-time will tell. All I can say is that He is the one male pop artist today that gives me goosebumps as he did in some of his performances in Believe tour. Chris Brown is also a great performer- l think Justin is more slick with his dance moves whereas CD is more athletic. It’s llke comparing a suave performer like fred astaire with Gene Kelly

    • daughterofLordRauhl

      OMG… I hope the Chris Brown part was not provoked by my comment…. I said “where’s Chris Brown?” for a different reason. I surely don’t think that he is “successor tho the throne” of MJ!

  • Big Fan, Huge

    As much as I love Justin I really don’t think he can rise to that level and If he did I would hate for him to become that strange and self obsorbed; that would just creep me out. Justin, just be the best Justin you can be and don’t compare yourself to anyone else, when you say that it makes you sound really, I don’t know full of yourself.

  • @ElizabethBieber

    of course he’s the next michael jackson!!! the next ‘king of pop’…<3
    belieber 4 ever :)

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