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Who is the closest living performing we have to Michael Jackson today?

Who's gonna fill his shoes?

by Anonymousreply 5311/16/2012

That curly haired boy from n'Sync.

by Anonymousreply 110/12/2012


by Anonymousreply 210/12/2012

Donnie Osmond. Duh.

by Anonymousreply 310/12/2012

Justin Bieber is the closest thing we have to a Michaelesque pop idol nowadays. Rihanna and Chris Brown seperately were heading towards that level, but their combined wackiness over the last few years seems to have stopped their rise. Britney and Jusitn were there for awhile, but, again, nuttiness and media-whoring drove the public away from both of them until recently.

by Anonymousreply 410/12/2012

"Who is the closest living performing we have"


by Anonymousreply 510/12/2012

Jerry Sandusky

by Anonymousreply 610/12/2012

What R6 said.

Absolutely hated Michael Jackson. Glad he's dead.

by Anonymousreply 710/12/2012

Since Sandusky isn't a performer, that doesn't count r6. OTOH, Bruce Willis is a performer.

by Anonymousreply 810/12/2012

Janet Jackson. Really. They share the same DNA.

by Anonymousreply 910/12/2012

A pop music superstar on the level that Michael Jackson was in the 1980s is no longer possible in our society, for myriad reasons.

by Anonymousreply 1010/12/2012

Maybe Usher?

I dunno.

If Chris Brown was not such a Son of a Bitch, he would be viewed as somewhat similar to Michael Jackson in terms of dancing. But, fuck him! He beat the hell out of his girlfriend and has been raging along ever since like a madman.

by Anonymousreply 1110/13/2012

No one. And Usher?? Bitch please. I can't name a single one of his songs.

by Anonymousreply 1210/13/2012

Michael Jackson sucks.

by Anonymousreply 1310/13/2012

Well for the sheer entertainment value, the music itself, etc. I'd have to say GaGa. Chris Borwn has all the elements, the talent to write and sing & dance, but he is a druggie and a coked out animal and I hope he dies in a grease fire. Kanye is in a class all by himself bcz he is a fucking genius in his musicical form. Actually, maybe it's a tie between Gaga and Kanye.

by Anonymousreply 1410/13/2012

Russell Crowe

by Anonymousreply 1510/13/2012

Shane Klingensmith

by Anonymousreply 1610/13/2012

Little Miss Bieber!

by Anonymousreply 1710/13/2012

[quote]A pop music superstar on the level that Michael Jackson was in the 1980s is no longer possible in our society, for myriad reasons.


Some it has to do with the fact that hip-hop culture is so popular in America right now. The big Motown acts like Michael Jackson and El DeBarge were on the feminine side. Not saying they wouldnt be as successful with their huge level of talent today, but they would probably have to be out of the closet to avoid huge amounts of controversy.

by Anonymousreply 1810/13/2012

No one. The way we consume media has changed too much to produce someone on his level. It's become much more fragmented than it was in his day, and it's not possible for an entertainer to dominate the airwaves the way he did when there were fewer ways of listening to music.

by Anonymousreply 1910/13/2012


Frank Orange!

by Anonymousreply 2010/13/2012

[quote]Since Sandusky isn't a performer

He is notorious for performing oral sex and performing acts of pedophilia.

by Anonymousreply 2110/13/2012

Chris Brown? Are you fucking kidding me? Yeah, he's an okay dancer. His voice is average and he doesn't write classic songs like Michael.

The closest one to Michael's chart success was Katy Perry who had 7 or 8 hits and #1's off her last album.

Gaga has the freaky devoted fans and the artistry.

by Anonymousreply 2210/13/2012

Michael could perform on the stage alone, no dancers or special effects and be riveting watch. I don't know anyone who can do that now.

by Anonymousreply 2310/13/2012


by Anonymousreply 2410/13/2012

Gary Glitter

by Anonymousreply 2510/13/2012

Shoes of that pedo should never be filled.

by Anonymousreply 2610/13/2012

Jerry Sandusky sure gave it a hell of a try!

by Anonymousreply 2710/13/2012

Miley Cyrus!!!

by Anonymousreply 2810/13/2012

I disagree r10.

I think it's definitely possible, although it probably won't come about in a way one would expect.

Because touring is now the main way performers make money, a real pop performer, in the MJ sense is not out of the question.

Music seems to get a kick in the ass whenever it needs it. And pop music, of all genres, definitely needs it.

I was young during the hair metal days, and I truly thought rock was over and dead. Then came Nirvana. (I preferred Soundgarden, but thank god Cobain hit.)

by Anonymousreply 2910/15/2012

Beverly Bremers

by Anonymousreply 3010/15/2012

Which one is sleeping with little boys?

Why would we want another Michael Jackson? How boring to be classified as someone else, and not someone original.

by Anonymousreply 3110/15/2012

Flava Flav

by Anonymousreply 3210/15/2012

Timberlake. No one else is even close.

by Anonymousreply 3310/15/2012

Even if I could forgive Chris Brown for beating a woman (even a woman I don't like) he has the ugliest tats I have ever seen...

by Anonymousreply 3410/15/2012

Psy!!! He's way cuter than MJ, too.

by Anonymousreply 3510/15/2012

Just as I suspected, no one can think of a name. Justin Bieber? The kid cannot sing, unless you can count on auto-tune to bail him out.

by Anonymousreply 3610/15/2012

Don't forget, R36, Michael Jackson really didn't have much of a singing voice - although I agree with you about Justin Bieber's lack of vocal talent.

by Anonymousreply 3710/15/2012

Plenty of child molesters out there already walking in his shoes.

by Anonymousreply 3810/15/2012

[quote]A pop music superstar on the level that Michael Jackson was in the 1980s is no longer possible in our society, for myriad reasons.

Not really. There's only one reason and it's very clear - the internet.

by Anonymousreply 3910/15/2012

[quote]Michael Jackson really didn't have much of a singing voice

WHAT?! He blew everybody away with the pipes he had when he was a kid.

If he toned down the power of his vocals as an adult, it was a conscious effort to strive for a more pop sound, gimmicks, hooks, and all.

by Anonymousreply 4010/15/2012

For sure, Timberlake.

by Anonymousreply 4110/15/2012

Kanye west? Please tell me you are on acid. In what world is he considered talented, let alone on any level near mj. Only the truest of American idiots would believe that kanye is talented.

For the record, talent means being exceptionally good at something.

by Anonymousreply 4210/15/2012

Timberlake in his prime, but does he even count as having a musical career anymore?

by Anonymousreply 4310/15/2012

Probably Britney.

-Similar exploitive child-star background

-trained dancers with limited vocal abilities but unique, highly recognizable voices

-genuine talent but dubious interest/involvement in their careers but proceed with it due to lack of other options

-failed acting attempts

-renowned for physical beauty that quickly faded or was destroyed by self(plastic surgery, shaved head, etc.)

-storied pasts of hanger-onners trying to steal their fortunes

-obsessive need for attention

-lack of education

-pushy/controlling parents

-bizarre yet short marriages, etc.

by Anonymousreply 4410/15/2012

Usher is known as the Peter Pan of Pop. That's essentially what Jackson was striving for.

by Anonymousreply 4510/15/2012


by Anonymousreply 4611/05/2012

This guy is pretty close

by Anonymousreply 4711/05/2012

Weve had tons of such performers. Jack Jones. Michael Buble. Ke$ha. They are a dime a dozen. MJ's marketing to children is the only thing that sets him apart.

by Anonymousreply 4811/05/2012

Best frontman EVER

No one will fill his shoes.

by Anonymousreply 4911/06/2012

Why Rafalca, of course, silly.

by Anonymousreply 5011/06/2012

Gaga. She will have longevity. She's talented, amusing, audacious.

by Anonymousreply 5111/06/2012

Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars.

Justin Bieber? Don't even go there!

by Anonymousreply 5211/06/2012

Michael Jackson fans, Spike Lee's documentary on MJ's 1987 BAD album debuts Thanksgiving night on ABC. Heard it will be amazing.

by Anonymousreply 5311/16/2012
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