Akon gave an interesting take on Chris Brown being compared to the iconic Michael Jackson. Apparently, the multi-talented artist and late musical legend are more similar than most people may think.
African singer and businessman Akon was recently a guest on the Club Shay Shay podcast hosted by NFL “Hall of Famer” Shannon Sharpe. The “Locked Up” singer was asked about the comparison between Breezy and the late Michael Jackson.
“Chris Brown was not surrounded by the circle of creative people that Mike was surrounded by. Chris got the talent. He just needed direction,” Akon said.
The Indigo artist and global pop legend are more similar than many fans realize. Here are five areas where they compare:
Early Start To Stardom
Both started young in their careers.
Michael Jackson was a household name in America before he was a teenager as the lead singer of the Jackson 5 with his brothers. Chris Brown scored a record deal and released his self-titled debut album when he was 15.
Sing + Choreography
They are both great singers as well as dancers. Michael Jackson wowed fans in the 1980s with his famous moonwalk— and his numerous dance routines inspired the next generations. Chris Brown’s moves have been compared to MJ’s and have called him one of his biggest influences.
Kings Of The R&B/Pop Charts
Both were highly successful with multiple genres. “The King of Pop” dominated the charts for most of his adult life. However, while in Jackson 5, he started with soul, where he later scored hits in the R&B/pop genre. Similarly, Chris Brown has been a force for hip-hop, R&B, and pop.
Prime Time Hustlers
Breezy and MJ were at the top of their games in their 20s. When MJ began his solo career, he went on a consecutive run that featured albums such as Off The Wall, Thriller, and Bad. Breezy also had chart-topping hits from albums such as Exclusive, F.A.M.E. and Fortune, which all went platinum. Chris Brown also dropped his highly-anticipated album, Breezy this year.
The two artists have also experienced highly controversial moments in their careers. Michael Jackson faced child sex abuse accusations and in 2008 Chris Brown was under fire for assaulting ex-girlfriend and superstar singer Rihanna.
Singer and rapper Chris Brown was interviewed on Drink Champs and was asked about ghostwriting between hip-hop and R&B.