Reply to "Prince vs. Michael"

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Originally posted by Vox:

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.


I'm not sure I understand it as a "formula for judging talent". They are very different people and artists. If it has integrity, music springs forth from who that artist is. I don't think that Prince could have executed many of the songs that Michael made mega-hits. I can't see Prince singing "Thriller" or "Billie Jean" for example. Beyond that, I don't think that the Jackson 5 would have been the hugely popular group that they were with Prince leading it. Not that Prince isn't talented etc., just that I can't see him pulling it off like Mike did.

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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).


Two interesting points here: 1) what is "strikingly innovative" about WDC? When I think "strikingly innovative" I think Charlie Parker or Jimmi Hendrix or John Coltrane. I'm not saying it isn't, but I'm interested in your interpretation here. 2) Inherent in your statement seems to be an admission that Jackson could "do it better" than Prince. Based on the debate here, I'm wondering what you think is behind the contention that MJ would sell more of Prince's songs than Prince could.

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Name one MJ song which, if Prince had come up with it instead, would have caught people similarly off guard.


In your mind, how does "catching someone off guard" equate with talent or great music?

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Are u willing to say that Prince could never have come up with a bangin' "Liberian Girl?" "Rock With You?" "Billie Jean?"


Well, he didn't. Are you suggesting that Prince never intended to sell as many records as possible? Do you think he preferred to be a more limited commercial success? Perhaps so, but most artists with integrity - I would guess - create from the heart, and then hope that everyone else sees their work as brilliant and buys it. I don't think that they create with the objective of limiting their work's popularity. What do you think?
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