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Michael Jackson... or Prince?

Given facts about their lives and music, can you tell apart the two of the most famous '80s singers of all time, Michael Jackson and Prince?
Also try the Beatles version!
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Last updated: November 23, 2021
First submittedNovember 23, 2021
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1. Was born in Minneapolis
Michael Jackson
Prince
Both
2. Could do the moonwalk
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3. Sang "When Doves Cry"
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Prince
4. Performed at the Super Bowl
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Jackson performed in 1993 and Prince in 2007.
5. Developed unnaturally pale skin
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Jackson had vitiligo, a disease that causes patches of skin to lose pigment, and used whitening creams to cover it up.
6. Died of a drug overdose
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Jackson was accidentally killed by his doctor, who prescribed too much sleep medication, while Prince accidentally overdosed on fentanyl.
7. Sang "Smooth Criminal"
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8. Lived longer
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Prince
Both were born in 1958, but Jackson died in 2009 at the age of 50 while Prince died in 2016 at the age of 57.
9. Had a pet monkey
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Bubbles was a chimpanzee that Jackson had as a pet from 1985 to 2005.
10. Was at some point a Jehovah's Witness
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Jackson was born a Jehovah's Witness and left in 1987; in contrast, Prince was born a Seventh-Day Adventist and became a Jehovah's Witness in 2001.
11. Frequently wore heels during performances
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He had a collection of 3,000 heels!
12. Changed his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol
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The symbol, known as the "love symbol," was adopted in rebellion against his record label, Warner Bros., after they trademarked his name
13. Has the best-selling album of all time
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The album in question is Thriller, which has sold 70 million copies.
14. Played guitar
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15. Was in a band with his brothers
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The Jackson 5 released hits like "ABC" and "I Want You Back" and is how Jackson got his musical career started.
16. Wrote "We Are the World"
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Interestingly, there was a part of the song that was meant to be a duet between Jackson and Prince; Prince refused, possibly because he didn't want to sing alongside other famous acts.
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Level 63
Dec 8, 2021
Chimpanzees are not monkeys.
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Level 71
Dec 8, 2021
Maybe they aren't scientifically, but in common usage they are. Saying something like "Had a pet ape" doesn't have the same ring to it. At any rate, I think it's obvious what the question is asking for.