Usher Raymond (right) and protégé Justin Bieber (left)
Young pop singer, Justin Bieber, 18, is thankful to mentor and fellow artist, Usher Raymond, 33, for helping him in the entertainment industry, but is at a stage where he is seeking more creative control in his career, after the success of his sophomore album "Believe."
Bieber's career was largely modeled on Usher's as a former child star in Atlanta, Georgia. Raymond also helped him with his sophomore album, which marked a transition into adulthood. But now Bieber wants to take over his own career. It remains to be seen if Raymond will relinquish control to the teen star, as a lot of money is at stake.