Some people call young pianist Lang Lang "the Tiger Woods of classical music." His energetic virtuosity, dramatic flair and spiky hair have made classical music buffs swoon. But until we find out that the concert-hall superstar is as much of a ladies' man as the golfer, I suggest that he be compared to his pop music equivalent, Justin Bieber, instead. Both musicians have beaten the odds and become international sensations, but who has more swagger?

Some people call young pianist Lang Lang "the Tiger Woods of classical music." His energetic virtuosity, dramatic flair and spiky hair have made classical music buffs swoon. But until we find out that the concert-hall superstar is as much of a ladies' man as the golfer, I suggest that he be compared to his pop music equivalent, Justin Bieber, instead. Both musicians have beaten the odds and become international sensations, but who has more swagger?

Age

Lang Lang: 28

Justin Bieber: 16

Hometown

Lang Lang: Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China

Justin Bieber: Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Why people love him

Lang Lang: His complete technical mastery and bold interpretations make listening to the piano truly exciting. It also helps that he isn't another stoic old white dude.

Justin Bieber: His hair. It's, like, totes adorbs. Plus, he has the best pop songwriters composing catchy tunes that pre-teen girls can listen to over and over again.

Who helped him get to the top ?

Lang Lang: His father, who told him to only stop practicing when it was time to eat or sleep.

Justin Bieber: Usher, and now-famous swagger coach Ryan Good.

What he's responsible for

Lang Lang: Inspiring millions of children in China to play piano. It's been dubbed "the Lang Lang effect."

Justin Bieber: Putting the nail in the coffin for straightened emo hair. No self-respecting emo kid would wear it like that now.

Obstacles

Lang Lang: His family couldn't always afford to replace broken piano strings when he was growing up, so he had to imagine what some of the notes sounded like.

Justin Bieber: Glass doors - they tend to be in his way. (YouTube it.)

What the haters say

Lang Lang: He's too showy. It distracts from the music, but he takes too many liberties with the classics anyway, so who cares?

Justin Bieber: That's a boy?

Coolest endorsement deals

Lang Lang: Adidas, Audi, Versace, Sony electronics

Justin Bieber: Kinect, Proactiv, Nicole by OPI nail polish

In his spare time :

Lang Lang: Serves as an International Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Children's Fund.

Justin Bieber: Teaches Barbara Walters how to "Dougie."