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Michael Jackson and Prince?

- September 18th, 2012

It was one of pop music’s most famous battles.

Michael Jackson versus Prince. One was a pop behemoth, the other was a pop stylist. But in 1987, as the King of Pop was putting together what would eventually become the Bad LP, label reps hatched an idea: Why not have the two stars duet on the title track?

In his new documentary, Bad 25, director Spike Lee sheds light on the plan through a series of interviews with people who reminisce about how the pair met in Los Angeles with Jackson worried that Prince was trying to cast a voodoo spell on him.

So why no Prince in Bad 25? Lee says the singer wasn’t interested in appearing in the film.

“He wouldn’t do it,” Lee said. “I asked him.”

Prince wasn’t going to let Jackson sing the opening-line, “Your butt is mine,” Lee said. He wouldn’t even let the director use footage from 1997 in which the singer talked about the proposed collaboration with Chris Rock.

“You can YouTube it,” Lee said.

So, we did.

“That Wesley Snipes character,” Prince said, laughing. “That would have been me.”

Bad 25 airs Nov. 22.

 

 

 

 

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