Reply to "Prince vs. Michael"

Where AudioGuy & I differ is that he says that musicians are more talented if they play instruments and sing than ones who just sing. I don't agree with that, because it seems to me that this would mean that Alicia Keys is more talented than Aretha Franklin. I don't even agree that you're more talented if you write and sing than someone who just sings (Alicia Keys vs., say, Chaka Khan). But if you are an amazing overall creator and overall performer, you're overall more talented than an amazing performer.

What do u think about this formula for judging musical talent, between artists whose music fall under the same or similar genres: Prince could create music that MJ could not have. But MJ never made a song that Prince couldn't have made. If MJ had come out with "When Doves Cry," everybody would have been shocked at the strikingly innovative direction he had gone in (plus it would've sold 50 million copies). Name one MJ song which, if Prince had come up with it instead, would have caught people similarly off guard. Are u willing to say that Prince could never have come up with a bangin' "Liberian Girl?" "Rock With You?" "Billie Jean?"
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