Thanks to Braun's persistence – Justin told Billboard.com the mogul: "called my great aunt and my school board." He was given permission by Justin's mother to fly the 13-year-old to Atlanta, Georgia. While there, Bieber met Usher, who would become his mentor – the R&B star beat Justin Timberlake to Bieber's signature, securing a record deal for him with Island – home to U2 and Amy Winehouse. Justin and Usher share a major influence – Bieber told us his favourite artist is: "The King of Pop. Michael Jackson".