Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber to write memoir

NEW YORK Tue Aug 3, 2010 6:23pm EDT

Singer Justin Bieber throws his coat into the crowd as he performs at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto June 20, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Cassese

Singer Justin Bieber throws his coat into the crowd as he performs at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto June 20, 2010.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - He has made fans swoon when they listen to his music. Now teen singing sensation Justin Bieber is hoping to make his fans read -- or at least look at lots of pictures.

The 16 year-old pop singer has signed a deal with HarperCollins to publish an illustrated memoir titled "Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story," the publisher said in a statement on Monday.

The book is due out in October in both the United States and United Kingdom.

The hardcover "My Story" is expected to reveal the Canadian-born youngster's incredible rise to stardom. It will contain exclusive, never-before-seen photos.

"Every day I wake up and count my blessings," Bieber said in the statement. "My fans have played such a large part in all of this and they help me live my dreams every day. I'm excited to share just a little bit more of my world with them through this book."

Bieber first gained fans when he posted renditions of his favorite hip-hop and R&B songs on YouTube. At 13 years-old, he signed a record deal and has since exceeded 5 million in sales.

His "Baby" video is the most-watched music video in YouTube history, with more than 250 million views.

(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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