May 11, 2014


Who's The Next Michael Jackson?

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Michael Jackson's Xscape will see its posthumous release on May 13, and it features a few famous names that could easily be deemed successors of the King of Pop's crown. A Justin Timberlake/Michael Jackson "duet" "Love Never Felt So Good" is one of Xscape's eight tracks, and Justin Bieber also lent his voice to an early version of Xscape's "Slave to the Rhythm." The Justins have both have both triumphed onstage and off while growing into their own incendiary pop careers, much like the Gloved One before them--and they're not alone. We'd like to think that Michael would've freaked out over "Single Ladies" and "Grenade" with the same hysteria that we did had he still been with us upon the release of some of the greatest pop songs of the past decade, and it got us thinking: who's the rightful heir to MJ's pop throne?

Every single one of these pop greats has done MJ's musical legacy proud, be it through fancy footwork, controversial stage antics or insatiably addictive hooks that render their hits timeless. Be sure to give Xscape a listen on May 13, and spin songs from these next MJs while you're at it.

#1Bruno Mars

Like Michael JacksonJustin Bieber got a start on his meteoric music career on the early side, laying tracks before hitting puberty and winning over the hearts of teen girls the world over. Bieber's continued in MJ's footsteps as he's grown up, expanding his musical tastes and crossing genre lines to keep an army of Beliebers on their toes. He's reinventing himself with each album, and that's nothing if not a page from the MJ playbook.

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