Michael Jackson’s 1980’s top rivalry, Prince is dead. The pop master was found dead in his luscious Paisley Park compound in Minnesota on Thursday.
According to The Huffington Post and The Associated Press, the singer’s publicist confirmed the tragic news.
If there be such in heaven, where it is presumed that he dead go to, the two giants of pop would probably relaunch the career contention as Jackson will see the arrival of Prince as threat to his pop dominance.
Prince and Michael Jackson were two of the biggest names of the 1980s, musical superstars jostling for supremacy in a golden age of pop.
Seemly, the duo were rivalries since birth as they were born in 1958 from different backgrounds and Prince lived seven years beyond Jackson, who died in 2009 at age 50 from a lethal overdose of sedatives.
Loyal fans around the world delighted in debating whether Jackson’s “Thriller” bested Prince’s “1999” and “Purple Rain,” and the media liked to play up the idea of a rivalry.
Though they denied ever having a beef, tensions between the two sometimes spilled over into public.
One such instance, recorded on grainy videotape, occurred in 1983 during a James Brown concert in Los Angeles.
At one point, the Godfather of Soul summons Jackson to the stage. He promptly moonwalks across the stage and pulls off some impeccable Brown moves.
Then Jackson whispers something to Brown, who demands that Prince join them.
The diminutive legend plays a couple of licks on guitar and showed off some deft dance moves, but Jackson notably ignores him.
In 1985, Prince was criticized when he pulled out of contributing to Jackson’s song “We Are the World,” which raised money for famine-stricken Ethiopia.
In 1987, Jackson offered Prince a duet on his upcoming album “Bad,” but Prince declined.
Whereas Jackson had been sculpted from his early childhood to become a pop sensation, Prince was a self-made musician from Minneapolis.
The two showmen presented radically different images, with Jackson cutting an iconic figure in his red leather jacket while Prince preferred thongs, ruffled blouses and overcoats.
Jackson’s pop seemed innocent and clean-cut, in contrast to Prince’s lewd lyrics and overtly sexual performances.
One anecdote, recounted in the 2015 Jackson biography “MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson,” tells of a time in 2006 when Prince invited Jackson to his show in Las Vegas, then proceeded to walk into the audience, find Jackson and play “aggressive slap bass” very close to his face.
“Prince has always been a meanie. He’s just a big meanie,” Jackson supposedly complained afterwards.
Prince was the only one of the pair to publicly criticize the other, singing in the 2004 song “Life ‘o’ The Party” that “My voice is getting higher/And Eye ain’t never had my nose done,” in a reference to Jackson, who had multiple plastic surgeries.