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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Maynard: I'm not the next Bieber

Conor Maynard doesn't want to be seen as 'the next Justin Bieber'

Conor Maynard has revealed he doesn't want to be compared to Justin Bieber.

Despite the comparisons to the Boyfriend superstar, the British 19-year-old insisted he wants to be seen - and heard - as his own person.

"A lot of people had it in their minds that I was the next Justin Bieber. But I didn't want to follow anyone," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"I had to find out what kind of an artist I was, because I had never been in a studio, I hadn't even written a song. I had this motto: 'It's better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation'."

He added: "I wanted to put my own unique stamp on everything because that was how I was successful on YouTube. I took covers and switched them up and did it my own way, and people became a fan of me rather than a fan of the songs."

Conor - whose debut album Contrast is released on July 30, and new single Vegas Girl on July 23 - picked up tens of millions of online hits after covering American R&B singer Ne-Yo's Beautiful Monster before signing a record deal, and now looks to be the future of pop.

"That was crazy, I didn't realise what it really meant. I hit two million, five million, ten million. I was happy with a few hundred views a month," he recalled.

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