May 11, 2014

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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

Bruno Mars is an exceptional performer, first and foremost, and his ability to deliver a stunning show each and every time he hits the stage is one that rivals that of Michael Jackson himself. His theatrical chops and dynamite voice don't hurt, either, and its this timeless talent that has him shouldering up against MJ when it comes to securing his pop god status.

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