LOS ANGELES, CA, USA Way back when Michael Jackson anointed himself "King of Pop" over two decades ago, his declaration was controversial. At the time he had just become a world sensation with record-setting sales of "Thriller" but people seem to forget that Jackson gave himself the title; others believe the more accurate phrase is "self-proclaimed King of Pop". Some even have the audacity to believe that Jackson may have been king for a day, but that day is long past.
Prince Rogers Nelson is also an American musician; he performs as simply "Prince". He was named after his father, whose stage name was Prince Rogers, and who performed with a jazz group called the Prince Rogers Trio. In a 1991 interview on A Current Affair, Prince's father, John L. Nelson said, "I named my son Prince because I wanted him to do everything I wanted to do."
In October 1979, Prince released his self-titled album "Prince", which reached #4 on the Billboard R&B charts. "Prince" was certified gold status, while the single "I Wanna Be Your Lover" was #11 on the Billboard Top 100 and reached #1 on the R&B charts.
In 1982, Prince released the "1999" double-album which sold over three million copies. The title track became his first top ten hit internationally. With his video for "Little Red Corvette" he joined Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie as part of the first wave of African American artists on MTV. The song "Delirious" also reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100.
Prince's 1984 album, "Purple Rain" sold more than thirteen million copies in the US and spent twenty-four consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200. His Academy Award-winning film of the same name grossed more than $80 million in the US alone. Multiple songs including "Purple Rain", "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy", topped the US pop singles chart and were world-wide hits; the title track reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Prince simultaneously held the spots #1 film, #1 single, and #1 album in the US. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for "Purple Rain".
Problems developed when the self-appointed King of Pop approached the man whose name actually IS Prince in hopes that they would work together as a duet for the song "Bad," but Prince turned down the offer to work with Michael on the song.
Jackson saw the released of "Bad" in 1987; it produced five # 1 singles and sold at least 22 million copies worldwide.
Jackson would release only three more albums; since then Prince has released over a dozen albums to huge success and continues to release new material to this day.
Apparently Jackson never got over the snub by Prince; he named his son Prince Michael Jackson, Jr., now 12 years old, and since that didn't seem to elicit the desired response, he named his younger son Prince Michael Jackson II in 2002.
Some people will do anything for a collaboration!