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Usher: "Justin Bieber Is More Talented Than I Was"

Bieber's mentor thinks the Baby singer will be 'more successful' than himself...

Usher has predicted that his protégé Justin Bieber's career will be more successful than his own because the 16-year old is a 'more talented musician' than he was as a teenager.

The OMG singer, who has been Bieber's mentor since meeting him back in 2008 insisted that he is not surprised at Justin's success and is convinced the One Time hit maker will grow in popularity.

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Usher claimed: "You haven't seen the best of him. He is a pop craze like The Beatles. They started out as pure pop artists and look what they became over the years."

"Justin reminds me of myself at that age, only he's a much more talented musician than I was. He taught himself piano and guitar. I couldn't, so he has that advantage.

The R n B star added: "This isn't about his age and we're never going to appease a crowd. His audience will grow with him. I started out when I was a teenager. Now, 45 million albums later…"

In other Bieber news, the pint-sized singer was forced to cancel a gig in Australia yesterday after hoards of adoring fans caused mayhem in the build-up to the show.