Michael Jackson is known the world over as the King of Pop, but what about his rivalry with the Heigh Priest of Darkness, The Purple One, His Royal Badness? Prince was a long-running opponent in the eyes of the Thriller hitmaker and their relationship is one of pop music’s greatest feud stories.
Jackson and Prince had established a rivalry by the mid-1980s, with both proving themselves superstars on the pop scene.
It was then that producer Quincy Jones endeavoured to form an unstoppable alliance by trying to get them to set aside their previous acrimony and team up for a song.
At first, he approached Prince with Jackson’s We Are the World, which was ultimately performed by supergroup USA for Africa in aid of charity.
But the Little Red Corvette singer wasn’t interested and spurned the offer to collaborate with the King of Pop.
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Michael Jackson vs Prince: The pair feuded throughout their careers (Image: GETTY)
Michael Jackson vs Prince: Prince reportedly rejected offers to collaborate with Jackson (Image: GETTY)
Jones was reportedly undettered, clearly sensing how powerful a collaboration between the two stars could be.
Next, he came to Prince with the idea of them teaming up on Bad, appearing together in the music video too.
The video would feature a faux gang war with slick choreography to depict the narrative.
The proposal was, however, ill-fated, this time (allegedly) thanks to one particular lyrics.
Michael Jackson vs Prince: Jackson later called Prince a 'meanie' (Image: GETTY)
According to Prince, he backed out of the potential duet when he heard the first line of 1987’s Bad: “Your butt is mine…”