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Celebrating Black History Month: Beyonce & MJ

Posted on February 15th, 2012

When Michael Jackson died there was a lot of talk about who was going to take his place as the King of Pop. Names like Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown and Usher were thrown around, but it seems that it is a woman who would closest echo MJ’s work ethic, impact on the world, and sheer talent…and that woman is none other than Beyoncé.

Beyoncé says that her first song with Destiny’s Child was the Michael Jackson classic “I Wanna Be Where You Are” which she credits for getting them a record deal and changing their life. Like Michael Jackson, she was brought up in the limelight, was a part of a group, but had too much star wattage to be contained in a band, so she flew the and became her own woman. Since going solo she’s starred in movies, released 4 solo albums, and has toured the world extensively, each project more ambitious than the last.

But, like a first love, your first inspiration holds a place that experience, success and time cannot diminish, and to Beyoncé, Michael is that star you can reach towards, but never touch. Check the link to see Beyoncé sing a couple of bars of Michael’s song that changed her life.

Check out our Black History Month playlist here.

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