'Never been a star like Justin Bieber'

2012-11-21 12:47
Los Angeles - Oprah Winfrey believes there has never been a "star" like Justin Bieber.

The chat-show host has revealed a clip from her upcoming interview with the award-winning pop sensation on Oprah's Next Chapter, in which she discusses his rise to fame and compares his "screaming fans" to those of legendary musicians such as Michael Jackson.

After referring to the similarities between this interview and her chat with the Thriller hitmaker in 1993, she says: "Justin Bieber is a phenomenon for our time and just like Elvis Presley; just like the Beatles and also like Michael Jackson he has millions of screaming fans all over the world. He's adored by them."

The clip then shows a teaser of Oprah and Justin sitting together, with Oprah telling him: "There's never been a star like you. Do you realise that?" to which the 18-year-old singer responds: "What do you mean by that?"

Social media product

She then proceeds to talk about how Justin is a "product" of social media websites like Twitter, which helped boost his international success, as well as reminiscing about when she use to obsess over Sir Paul McCartney.

She says: "Obviously lots of people compare your audiences to Michael Jackson's audiences - the screaming fans and your audience's to the Beatles fans.

"I mean when I saw the crowd last night it reminded me of myself and Paul McCartney, you know?

''But even those tremendous legends who really changed the face of music for our culture did not have a start-up like yours because you are a product of, to a great extent, social media. So therefore there's never been a star like you."

The full interview on Oprah's Next Chapter will air on OWN on Sunday 25 November in the US.

South African fans can watch the episode on Monday 26 November on Discovery's TLC channel on TopTV and DStv.

Watch the promo clip for the episode here:


  • Jeremy - 2012-11-21 13:09

    He's a good-looking, talented boy - and my daughter loves him - but he's only 18. The Beatles, Elvis and Michael Jackson all had huge careers well into their 20's and 30's. Let's see whether Justin has that kind of longevity and staying-power!

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-21 13:43

    He has the same fan base as the Twilight movies. I think that says it all.

      sheamus.drager - 2012-11-21 14:31

      I wonder if she will be part of the 27 Club. I also wonder if I can wait that long.

  • kooskanmar - 2012-11-21 13:57

    Some sensationalist PR BS from a lady that knows how to generate attention. Smart move, although she's talking nonsense and she knows it. Oprah is a smart, and as a result a very rich cookie.

  • ab.normal.961 - 2012-11-22 21:20

    Famous as Jackson & Presley, in his dreams maybe. The kid can't sing, go to our townships and you'll find better talent. It's all American promotion propaganda that fuels these artist and not talent.

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