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12 June 2012, 12:39
The 'Scream' singer says he is glad Justin has been so well received around the world.
Usher says his protege Justin Bieber's story has "yet to unfold" and says he expects the 'Boyfriend' singer's popularity to keep on growing for the foreseeable future.
The 'Climax' star discovered Justin at the age of 13 back in 2007 alongside eventual manager Scooter Braun, and says he is glad people can see the same thing in Justin now that he saw back when he first watched the 'Never Say Never' singer perform.
"As I said in the beginning of his career, and I still say now, his story has yet to unfold," Usher told Billboard this month. "It is a story that is his own, and as he finds his voice I think that people will continue to see what it is that myself and Scooter Braun saw in him as a young, young child who I just thought really had a great opportunity.
"I'm happy to see that people are receptive to it, that he's been received well all around the world," Usher continued.
The 'Scream' singer also reiterated that Justin's brand new album 'Believe', which is due out in the UK on 18th June and a day later in the US, is an important one for the 18 year-old singer because it's his second main record release.
He added: "You know, this is his sophomore and they always say, if you make it past the sophomore, it's all good from there on out."
Both Usher and Justin performed live at the Capital FM Summertime Ball 2012 over the weekend, with Usher performing tracks from his brand new studio album 'Looking 4 Myself', which was launched in London last night (11th June).
Watch Usher talking about Justin Bieber's career and potential below: