Justin Bieber wins fans by working like an old pro

Fri Jun 4, 2010 2:17pm EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Canadian teen pop star Justin Bieber may be just 16 years-old, but he's already an old hand at promoting his music and image and handling the attentions of swarms of teenage girls.

Famously launched on video-sharing website YouTube and signed to a record deal at age 14, he now travels the world promoting his latest album "My World 2.0" and preparing for his upcoming tour.

In public he is often mobbed, but despite sometimes dangerous situations, he says fame doesn't get to him.

"I definitely like girls so that's a bonus to have girls all the time," he told Reuters this week. "I just have fun with it, I am a teenager and everything's just been a blast."

His high-pitched voice, stylish clothes and distinctively blown-forward hair has led to hysterical mob scenes, including an incident in Sydney, Australia in April when his mother was knocked over.

"My fans, sometimes they overreact but, you know, it's hard for them in the moment to always act right," he said.

Bieber's latest album debuted in March at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling over 283,000 in its first week, making him the youngest solo male act to top the chart since Stevie Wonder in 1963.

His first album, "My World" has sold 1,370,000 copies, and the follow-up "My World 2.0" has sold 1,155,000, according to the latest figures from Nielsen SoundScan.   Continued...

<p>Justin Bieber (L) bumps fists with actor Jonah Hill during an appearance on NBC's 'Today' show in New York, June 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>