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2009
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Prince & Michael Jackson Were Friends?

Prince & Michael Jackson.  Photo: MSN.Com
Prince & Michael Jackson.  Photo: MSN.Com

Prince & Michael Jackson. Photo: MSN.Com

Prince and Michael Jackson were friendly rivals?  Seriously? According to former band members of the Purple One, it's true.

A report in the Startribune, Bobby Z., Prince's drummer for the Revolution, remembers watching the 1984 Grammys with Prince as Michael Jackson swept the Grammys.

"We were watching rough cuts of [the movie] 'Purple Rain,' and we knew that's where Prince wanted to be the next year," Z said Thursday.

Michael Jackson even showed up to 2 Purple Rain shows backstage.  Although Michael Jackson did want to work with Prince a few years later, Prince declined due to lyrical differences.

Michael Bland insisted they got along fine.  "They'd shoot hoops at Paisley Park," Prince's studio/home in Chanhassen. "We used to get packages from MJJ Productions [with] footage of Sly Stone performing in Europe. Prince would pop it in the VCR, and we'd watch it."

Prince even defended Michael at a press conference in 2000 where he said something along the lines of "we don't really know what is going on with him and maybe we need to chill on that." (I can't find the original transcript so paraphrasing people.)

Personally speaking, I did see Michael Jackson attend one of Prince's shows at 3121 Las Vegas in 2006 with Wil I Am of the Black Eyed Peas and Chris Tucker. Michael did not make the after show as planned where he was to be seated with Michael Jordan.

Recently, Prince has been performing Michael Jackson songs in his sets, "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" and recently "Dancing Machine" by the Jackson 5

It's nice to know my favorite artist Prince had an interesting connection with Michael that many of us did not know, beating him in hoops I am sure. -Dr.FB

91 comments
Deak
Deak

Come on everyone Prince is a great entertainer no doubt. I used to be a huge Prince fan. Perm my hair even put a fake mole on my face. High heel shoes as well. The women loved me in the 80s. To compare Prince to Michael Jackson should not be a discussion because it is not worthy of one. People are actually comparing Prince to Michael Jackson. Prince first has to get by Rick James, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Whitney Houston and so on.Not even close. Michael Jackson was on a different level. The Purple one will never feel this man shoes. Michael Jackson is the greatest performer singer, dancer ever. It is an insult to compare Prince to a legend like Michael Jackson.

Damein
Damein

One thing is that both Prince & MJ 'borrowed' a lot of sounds from Sly'N'Robbie Fire album .. when you listen to the Fire album your head will spin One other thing is MJ followed up Thriller with Bad, one of the most contrived and mass marketed machines ever to grace the planet (hold your horses, I love that album) .. Prince AND the Revolution followed up Purple Rain with Around the World in A Day with no initial singles or videos. That album was just dropped into the world's lap and we were all blindsided with its musicality, its colours, it's diversity and begeezus, I still can't come to terms with Temptation. I'm glad they didn't record anything together. I'm glad Prince sent MJ a box of black feathers to freak him out. I'm glad Jimmy Jim and Terry Lewis created Janet I, II, III & IV. And finally, I'm glad Prince totally rocks MJ's Dont Stop Till You Get Enough in his shows now. It's a fitting tribute to MJ's classic groove by the best Funk monster on the planet.

Damein
Damein

Prince vs. Michael Jackson = Prince wins

Sean
Sean

It's one of the biggest musical what could have beens, like Elvis and the Beatles, Hendrix and Miles...........Prince and the King of Pop That would've been magic. Too bad.

sarah
sarah

ilove prince and mj they are my favorit singers eeeeeeeeeeeeeevvvvvvvvvvvaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Blighty
Blighty

They were friends. And they respected each other's genius. This is obvious to anyone who knows anything about music. As for you @keepitreal -- please put your pulpit away. Your implicit and grossly misplaced judgement is quite out of place here. Michael Jackson was man of deep integrity and spiritual truth and it is only those who cannot see -- who cannot see that.

Mytime
Mytime

I can not say that I was an MJ fan but I can say I respected most of his work. The person that really was the King, other than Elvis, is the hybrid of James Brown and Little Richard. I love Prince and knew that the MJ Prince rivalry was something contrived by the fans, just like the supposed rivalry between The Beatles and The Stones. We should remember MJ but we should never forget those that have passed before us for without them, music would be dead.

Sugaz
Sugaz

Prince and Michael... They are the best musical geniuses of our time. I think they kept each other on the top of their games... Heard this promoter that was part of the THIS IS IT tour that.. Michael would always have to act quickly when God gave him an idea...otherwise, he said.. "He'll give it to Prince."

Modernaire
Modernaire

@Truth Is Weirder Than Fiction ^ That was a seriously good perspective on Prince and Michael Jackson. Couldn't have said it better meself! I'm going to keep it as reference!

Truth Is Weirder Than Fiction
Truth Is Weirder Than Fiction

@spock nozzzle - Well, by that logic everyone had a hit after Thriller is a better artist than MJ and everyone who had a huge hit after Purple Rain is better than Prince. Obviously neither is true. Also, both MJ and Prince hit a height with a single album they never again reached. None of MJ's other albums sold as much as Thriller and none of Prince's other albums sold as much as Purple Rain. That doesn't mean their albums after those albums were inferior, I think all their albums after their monster hits suffered from "sequel-itis" in the public mind. Nothing they ever could do or did would ever top those albums in the public mind for the same reason a sequel almost never equals the original film in critical review. People are blown away by the original because they weren't expecting it. They aren't as blown away by sequels because they've become accustomed to the sequel and hold up everything in perspective to how blown away they were by the original. Nothing ever quite compares. Unless the original was fairly sucky or had major flaws. In MJ's case his "Dangerous" album did sell more than his "Bad" album and was his second-highest selling album. His "HIStory" album didn't sell as much as the Dangerous album because of executive meddling (Sony selling it as a 2-disc album that required you to buy an anthology of his previous albums on top of the new album) and the damage done to his reputation in the US by the way the media covered the 1993 trial and the tabloid banter afterward. However, his HIStory World Tour sold more than any of his previous tours and remained his biggest-selling tour until the This Is It Tour which likely would have surpassed the HIStory Tour. In Prince's case his albums were relatively "hit and miss" in terms of which ones were big sellers after Purple Rain. His "Lovesexy" album sold weak like "Parade" (which was after Purple Rain) despite a successful Lovesexy World Tour while his "Sign O' The Times" album sold big, but never as big as "Purple Rain" and had a weak Sign O' The Times World Tour. Partially due to audiences expecting him to stick to his old style and not being able to adapt to his changing styles. MJ actually suffered from similar problems with the Invincible album aside from lack of promotion due to his messy breakup with Sony. Like MJ Prince's sales became bigger overseas than in the US which was getting more into grunge and post-grunge rock, hardcore gangsta rap and more New Jack Swing-y R&B (and later harder-edge sexualized Jodeci and R. Kelly-style R&B). Personally even though their earlier albums are my favorites too because it's what I heard first from them I think both Jackson and Prince's successive albums were more inventive and experimental than their old stuff from the 70s and early 80s. They played with new and radically different sounds from their original albums and pioneered mixing several genres into single songs, something most artists never dare to do. Despite some of the plebian-minded and fickle American public not appreciating it.

CEE
CEE

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT BOTH MJ AND PRINCE................DO THEY LOOK ALIKE?COZ I ONCE HEARD A RUMOUR THAT MJ TOOK HIS RIVAL LOOKS.I AM SO CONFUSED RIHGT NOW HELP MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!I ADORED THE LATE KING OF POP AND I WISH I HAD A CHANCE TO SEE HIM BUT THEN AGAIN I AM FROM SOUTH AFRICA AND HE CAME HERE PRVATELY

spock nozzzle
spock nozzzle

i will always maintain that any artist who could dazzle the world a year after michael jackson's thriller album epic has to be considered the better artist. To me , thriller was the climax of MJs career.He set a standard that would definitely have stifled other artists if DR. PRINCE hadn't prescribed the alternative to MJs sound Purple Rain, which allowed a different style of pop music to evolve.So impressive was this eclipse, that Prince made our world experience a no.1 hit song,a no.1 album and a no.1 movie simultaneously in 1985, a year after the world had been mesmerized by thriller. Prince did purple rain album simply to show our world that he is able to compete with MJ if he chose to. When doves cry, that one song, was enough to dminish all the hype created the year b4 from thriller. Prince could have continued in the PR vein , but he didn't. It was done to salvage music by providing an alternative style of POP for artists to pursue instead of MJ's style of thriller which in 1983 was shaping up to become the only style of music artists would have to pursue to become hugely successful. MJ's successive albums became less impressive in terms of musical impact , unlike Prince , who did an impressive sign o the times album in 1987, and successfully continued to let the world experience various styles of music. MJ was indeed a great dancer,entertainer whereas Prince is the definition of a pop artist the unpredictable genius in all facets of the music industry . At an MJ show u can expect to hear billie jean; at a Prince show u just don't know what you will hear - it's not certain u will hear WDC or Kiss or PR , but rest assured you can expect to enjoy the entire performance , getting your money's worth, without forfeit by being carried out on a stretcher from fainting, as in an MJ show.

KIKA
KIKA

eu amo o michael jasckson eo prince jackson quero fazer??????

KIKA
KIKA

bom não tem nada aver com o michael jackson..

Modernaire
Modernaire

Prince did incorporate The Way You Make Me Feel into his Livesexy show in a jam called the 80's Medley. It was a nice tribute then as also Mike was doing his stellar Bad Tour.

Bootleg
Bootleg

Any1 can post post a link 2 watch vids of Prince singing Don't stop 'till you get enough, and Dancing machine ?

JaneB
JaneB

Actually,there were not friends,ha ha :D Prince hated Michael at all. Michael you're the best ever! Rest in peace honey.....no one like you...not even Prince!

leah
leah

omg i lov MJ he is my idol and im going to be in talent scouts for singing!~i LOVE prince michael 1st so much and paris is so pretty!!!

Dii Mjalive
Dii Mjalive

"I've never said anything bad about Michael. Perhaps he knows more than what we do and we should let him do what he wants to do and just wait to see what happens. Besides, he's a plant... And I was the one who planted him." (a "plant" is a spy who secretely participates in criminal activities in order to inform on the criminals.)

MidnightMood
MidnightMood

So well said ^ 2DamnFunny, so well said.

2damnfunny
2damnfunny

It's nice to see that they were friends. And why wouldn't they be? When I was younger, I don't remember it being a choice between the two. Everyone I new loved them both. We bought (and still have) almost all of their albums. (Sorry but my allowance was to small to by every album that Prince released, had to settle for a 12" singles) All I know is Michael made you want to be romanced. And Prince made you want to take your clothes off!!! (or is it just me? LMAO) Both are icons, both are legends, both are trailblazers, and both are sexy as hell!! I wanted to glitter socks, glitter gloves, a military jacket and that blue suit in 'Raspberry Beret' For me, they were two of the top black male artist (Prince still is) and it's immature to keep pitting one against the other. We lost a great artist last year and should appreciate the ones we have left instead of bickering like bunch of brats about who's better. I still miss MJ everyday, but I have his music keep his legacy alive. We need to do the same Prince, Stevie, Luther, Rick, Teddy, Marvin, Lionel, etc. Those that have passed and those that are still here. Just embrace great musicianship.

Modernaire
Modernaire

And to add, I used to defend MJ up the hooternanners against all kinds of accusations way before his passing. MJ & Prince 4-ever!

Modernaire
Modernaire

Dude, I've always felt since the 80's that the competition, not rivalry, was just two guys battling it out, on friendly terms on record and on stage. If it weren't for that friendly rivalry, we wouldn't have gotten such amazing work and concerts especially from both. I certainly feel the competition was at its best during the '87-'88 era's of both Prince's SOTT/Lovesexy periods and MJ's Bad era. You could see it! I was being floored by Prince's SOTT movie and then I'd tune in on cable music video shows and see Michae's Another Part of Me and I was like oh yeah! I loved them both! You could tell they were battling it out and we as fans were benefiting from it! As for PRince's press conference in 2000, that was when he was announcing going back to "Prince" and he did defend MJ when he was asked about what he thought about those accusations. Its in any audio and video footage out there of it. Prince was also asked who would win in a fist fight! And Prince jokenly said something like "now you've got to remember - Micheal's a lover not a fighter...!" Thought that was hilarious, but it was not said in an angry way. As for Prince fans who hate MJ, shit, just log into any European Prince fam/fan site, post something about MJ and watch all the hatred spew. I don't get it. I think they don't get it. They divided, I didnt and I know many Old Schoolers up in here didnt back in the day. They both loved MJ and Prince, it was all good. But yeah, some of those hateful Prince fans even go so far as to say Michael was not a musician, that he just hummed tunes. I think they know NOTHING about music. Idiots. Anyway, shamone.

Lizzy Lane
Lizzy Lane

Love them both but how can Prince have denied MJ on BAD, based on the lyric "Your butt is mine".. it's street talk, it's not sexual. What about Prince tunes such as "Jack U Off"?!

haley
haley

prince is sexy but michael gots the moves that prince will never have but prince does look sexy on stage and so does michael but michael jackson got it all prince got looks and a voice

alexis
alexis

Michael Jackson and Prince were two genious..and both very very talented just 2 different music styles..they were alot alike but very different..and thats ok...

eddy
eddy

I love them both because, they inspire me so much and are great entertainer

quel hates tabloids
quel hates tabloids

put your stupid nose where it's needed stupids.......... it's not your problem Michael now is resting, this wouldn't be appening if you weren't to unnesesary

Lizzy
Lizzy

Wow, could you imagine Bad a duet with MJ and Prince??? That would be out of this world but I prefer to ignore that and appreciate Bad for the fantastic amazingness that it is. MJ and Prince are true kings amoung men. Love them both xxx

Brittney Loves The KING!
Brittney Loves The KING!

Michael SEXY Jackson will FOREVER Be THE KING... MJ was a Prince when he was a Kid singing and Dancing at the age of 10-19 then around his Early 20s Michael became THE KING... & Swept away the Grammys in 1994 while Prince and his Friend sat at Home & watched MJ taking over the World and the whole Damm T.V Yeah... MJ has also sold wayyyyyyyyy more Albums... Prince will Always Live in MJs SHADOW! Michael had GOD-GIVEN Talent.. Prince just Played Instruments which anyone can Learn! even MJ Learned to Play Piano by Ear cause he sad if his Friend Stevie wonder could do it... so could he... & He did.. MJ even SOLD OUT 50 ARENAS in London o2 in HOURS! NO ONE has EVER CAME CLOSE! when Prince had his Concerts there... he Only Sold Out 20 Arenas! & MJ was even CROWNED THE KING IN AFRICA! MJ had wayyyy More ADULATION from Fans... They Worshipped him.. They Cried,Fainted,Screamed,etc.. even Adult men would Faint when they would see MJ in concert cause he CREATED MAGIC & MESMERIZED FANS WITH HIS PERFORMANCES! Like Many Legends have said Including James Brown,Madonna,Fred Astaire,Frank Sinatra,Gene Kelly,Sammy Davis Jr,Liz Taylor,Gladys Knight,Stevie Wonder,Berry Gordy, etc.. MICHAEL JACKSON IS THE GREATEST ENTERTAINER THAT EVER LIVED! & HE WILL FOREVER BE THE KING!!!! :)

s
s

michael tried to save us ... &we crucified him. He lived his entire life for us; dedicated every decade of his life to make us better & make us happy. He died for us too. :(

Idol Worship
Idol Worship

Prince did not get a nose job. I have his old albums from 20 years ago and his nose is the exact same, then and now. As a matter of fact, his nose bridge looked straighter and smaller when he was younger. So, the post that says Prince had a nose job is totally making it up.

Idol Worship
Idol Worship

I luv both Prince and Michael. They both are considered greats in entertainment. Michael dazzled us with his smooth vocals and spify dance moves and Prince hypnotized us with his sultry base guitar and sexy antics. i truly hope they took the opportunity to know each other and respect each other while Michael was alive. God bless them both. Long live the Kings. It will be years before another come around, there is nothing good out there right now.

Lorinda
Lorinda

I loved them both but differently. For me, it would be like choosing a favourite child when you have two children. Impossible to do so I wouldn't even try. I simply celebrate them both, cherish their uniqueness and enjoy their music. Quite easy really.

Goldee Heart
Goldee Heart

I'm speechless. Seems I learned to walk with Michael. The latter I could relate to Prince more. As a musician the inspiration of both immeasurable. R.I.P. Mike Goldee Heart

Toni
Toni

Michael could dance his ass off, no competition! Prince can play his (sexy) ass off (no competition)! One of the coolest pieces I ever saw was Prince's induction into the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame with legends playing "My Guitar Gently Weeps", and Prince starts out slow near the middle of the song, then hits the solo and just owns it! He is sexy, cocky, funny and damn he knows it. My guy forever..........

Lynn
Lynn

It goes waaaay back. Look on youtube for a video of a James Brown concert with Michael & Prince coming onstage. Michael was the King of Pop and Prince is Prince, the highest compliment you can pay any musician. He's a musical genius & a very interesting person. My interest in him hasn't waned one bit. He holds a part of my heart and we're at 31 years and counting!

xavier
xavier

MJ was a legend no question, but i honestly don't think any thing other than "Off The Wall', "Thriller", and some "Bad" was any good. MJ was definitely the better dancer and just a bit better singer, as Prince had like 50 different singing voices. But Prince was without a doubt better overall. He could crossover into any genre: R&B, Funk, Pop, Dance, Rock, and every thing in between. He also wrote, composed, produced, and played the guitar or some other instrument on almost ALL of his songs. I think it's just what you prefer as the guys are similair but still totally different. But it's cool that they were friends but they should have did a collaboration together that would have been awesome:).

Esther
Esther

I still miss Michael Jackson. I'm so gonna buy that O2 DVD. Madonna I don't care about, but I hope Prince won't die for a while.

bigvinamac
bigvinamac

i love both michael and prince and it's nice that they were friends but to me michael will always be the greatest in everything. no other artist made an impact like him and there will never be another michael jackson. although i wish prince did work with him but he does come off as arrogant. michael had a stage presence that no one has ever seen. prince maybe known as a musician but so was michael. i don't care what people have to say about michael because he was king and always will be, regardless if he wasn't prince or not.

PrinceLover
PrinceLover

"favorite artist"? That's wonderful 2 hear!! Thanx 4 writing that...it really makes me happy 2 hear others say that...4 Prince is desrvant of it.

aqwerty
aqwerty

The first comment by "maddladd" is funny...grow up man..

MRX
MRX

Both Prince & Michael Hav Created A Shockwave in the industry. They each brought something different to the stage. I've always wanted to see them together at least one time on stage. But I personally think they had a mutual respect for each others talent. Prince couldn't deny that Michael had an explosive performance. Michael couldn't deny that Prince had the Charm that shook his fans up. That fact of the matter is, they both made theirs... It's inspiring as a black man nyself. It tells me that We can RISE to the top.. They've paved the Way For Our First BLACK President. Take a second... Think about our history.... (((((((think)))))))))

helenaboo;]
helenaboo;]

dangg prince isss astonishing n mj is AMAZING 2 but i see sooo freakin much of him!! i jst now became a prince fan i wnted to listen 2 princ b4 he did 2! lol I WNA MARRY PRINCE<3 shw him sum luv n r.i.p michael jackson

Tamara
Tamara

TO MADDLADD: If you read your BIBLE it clearly states Jesus is King of KINGS! So if there were no smaller KINGS what would have been the point of saying KING of KINGS? Think about it!

Cathy
Cathy

MJ's biographer (Taraborrelli) tells the story of Prince coming over to the Jackson's Encino estate for dinner one evening in the 80s. Prince spent most of his time hitting on La Toya. ;) BTW, Taraborrelli claims that they were competitive friends. Michael's choreographer Kenny Ortega was concerned about Michael's insomnia because he knew he'd need a lot of stamina for the upcoming O2 concerts. Apparently Michael told Kenny that he'd wake up in the middle of the night with song ideas that were being given to him "from a higher power" and that he just had to write them down. Ortega wondered if Michael couldn't make a deal with his "higher power" to give him these ideas at another time (instead of in the middle of the night). Michael responded, "no, I can't ignore the ideas. Because then he [God/higher power] might give them to Prince." ;) I grew up with the music of Michael and Prince, and I think they're both incredibly talented. I feel lucky to have been a teenager when they both ruled the charts. Michael's death, when he had so much more to give to the music world, is a tragedy. But the music itself will live forever.

Jonah
Jonah

I heard that it was Michael who introduced Prince to James Brown as well, so they probably were friends ( or as much as friendship with MJ was possible). I also heard that they both sent each other songs meant for the other to record them, but both of them wouldn because of their pride. There is a lot of stuff in MJ`s life that nobody knows about, I think that is what prince meant in the interview

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