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CULTURAL LESSONS: WHY BRUNO MARS IS THE NEW MICHEAL JACKSON ?

Rob Roberts, National Post · Monday, Dec. 20, 2010

Usher spent 2009 and 2010 (and will likely spend 2011) trying to convince the world he’s the new Michael Jackson, but a few dance moves are nothing when your songs, um, suck. So turn your thoughts instead to Bruno Mars, who, it is submitted, is the new Michael Jackson — with Quincy Jones thrown in at no extra cost.

Mars arrived this year with Nothin’ on You and Billionaire, both guest shots but defined by our man: Both start with Mars’s joyful, soaring voice, and are at their best before the supposed stars of the songs even get started. If you downloaded them, he’s why.

At a time when pop music is dominated by songs for tweens or club kids, reliant on country (Taylor Swift) or camp (Lady Gaga) to provide songs for the rest of us, Mars is a Jackson-esque throwback. The man understands melody.

Let me quote Australian writer Tim Byron, who wrote the following after Mars’s Grenade hit No. 1 Down Under last week: “Grenade sounds a lot like Michael Jackson. In fact, it sounds a lot more like Michael Jackson than even the current Michael Jackson single Hold My Hand. Mars’ voice has a similar quality to Jackson’s; both have clear, high, tenors with just enough grit and trembling to convincingly sound anguished.”

Mars’s EP, It’s Better if You Don’t Understand, and his LP, Doo-Wops and Hooligans, are chock full of confection and promise. Listen to The Other Side, a Motown rave-up sung by a young man having a damn good time. Or Count on Me — what Feist would sound like had she been born a boy in Hawaii to Filipino and Puerto Rican parents. Or Just The Way You Are, just as earnest as Billy Joel but sounding nothing like Billy Joel, and I mean that in a good way.

Mars hasn’t yet shown the patience to consistently make good songs great. Some of his material peaks at being just fine. Maybe being your own Quincy Jones isn’t what makes you great — perhaps Quincy Jones makes you great.

And yet: Mars is up for seven Grammys, as a producer (as a member of the Smeezingtons team) and performer. He helped write Flo Rida’s Right Round, K’Naan’s Wavin’ Flag and Cee Lo’s F--k You. He’s Kanye, without the Auto-Tune and angst. He’s Jackson, without the scandals. Oops, scratch that: there is that Vegas drug bust, but we think Mars will beat it.

Mars is 25, a few years older than Jackson was when he dropped Off The Wall. But Mars, who was something of a childhood musical prodigy himself, shows no signs of becoming what Jackson became, and looks set to have a much different kind of career.

“I wish I knew what I was doing, ‘cause I’d be writing a hit song every minute,” Mars told the Cleveland Plain Dealer last month. “The only thing I do know is the feeling I get. The feeling I got when we wrote Just the Way You Are. The feeling I got when we wrote Nothin’ on You. The feeling I got when we wrote Billionaire. We never know if it’s going to be a hit or not. We just know if it feels good.”

Yes sir, we do.
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Comments (30)

Not even close....Everyone knows who the One and Only is! Love you MJ

The other day listening to the radio, a statement was made that Bruno was the New Michael Jackson. And I flat out said, your joking right?, Seriously he's ok, but come on there will only and forever be one Michael Jackson. No matter how many times people claim some one is the New Michael Jackson it all balls down to being only 1. Michael was an amazing talented soul. And no one can be what he was. I'm sorry Usher, Bruno and everyone else that has been claimed to be the New Michael Jackson. "You all are not the new Michael Jackson, there was only 1 and there will always be just one Michael Jackson." People can try and live up to him and try to replace him, but there will just be only 1.

There is only one Michael Jackson, no one can ever compare! ♥

"a few dance moves are nothing when your songs, um, suck" -- lol @ "um"

"turn your thoughts instead to Bruno Mars" -- NO WAY! NOTHING, NO ONE, COMPARES TO MICHAEL JACKSON!

i think these critics should stop looking for more michael wanna-be's. Let new artists shine on their own instead of being labelled in michael's shadow. otherwise, we won't be able to discover real talents. the secret to being michael is being someone new, doing something new, pushing new limits. if someone is able to do this, that would be the only time we'll see a new michael jackson, or better yet, a new legend, coz there can only be 1 michael jackson.

i like Bruno to some extent....but LOL LOL he can never be Michael.NO ONE CAN BE MICHAEL.THOSSE WHO THINK LIKE THIS....I WOULDNT SAY ANYTHING.

THIERE IS ALOT OF CONTROVERSY ON THIS THREAD I LKE BRUNO MARS BUT NO ONE IS THE NEW MICHEAL JACKSON HE IS ALL HIS OWN.

I personally think Bruno is (yawn) dull. Every time the song "Grenade" comes on I have to switch it. I could have wrote that song by "googling" love cliche sayings...and don't get me started on "Billionaire". Can you get more shallow.

Historically, it doesn't seem to work that way. There was no replacement for Elvis, no replacement for the Beatles and no replacement for MICHAEL...EVER!!!!! There was Elvis, (The Kennedys), The Beatles, now MJ. They all stood out above the rest in their categories because they were unique, and had charisma. That's something that cannot be pinpointed. Everyone from 5 to 105 knew who they were. Usher, or Bruno Mars are great, but they blend in too much. They're a dime a dozen. MJ will never be replaced . Just as Elvis and the Beatles were never replaced. Not in our lifetime anyway.

I suspect a completely new sensation will arrive on the scene one day. Likely, but not necessarily music related. This will be no threat to MJ's legacy!. No comparison to MJ! Unlike MJ! Right now, I think people are trying too hard to be like MJ and it just doesn't seem to happen that way historically. Plus... as we all know in this case...MICHAEL RAISED THE BAR TOO HIGH! Eye-wink

So, I wouldn't worry about anyone replacing MJ.. Yes, they are all good entertainers, even great... even superstars...but they are all cut from the same cloth and have saturated the industry. MJ was in a league of his own. Nobody in this industry has the unique quality that MJ had...and to top it off, he was first and only of his kind. They are all trying WAY too hard.

Why do they always have to call someone the new Michael Jackson? All your doing is setting that person up to fail. There is, was, & always will be only one Michael Jackson. Let Usher be Usher & Bruno be Bruno. A legand is a once in a generation star.

1 Babe Ruth
1Hulk Hogan
1Ali
1Elvis
4Beatles
1Michael Jackson

Now the next generation Legand in the making step up & do YOUR thing. Your not MJ or Prince or Madonna, your you. Just be you..........

KMJA!

Aw HELL to da naw! Get the point? Good......let's dance. Eye-wink

Nah I'm not buying this.
For starters MJ built a career that lasted 50 YEARS, not 5 months.Not to mention the legacy of Motown he came through. On top of all that he was an all around entertainer!!! His stage performance and presence is absolutely unparalled. Don't get me wrong I looove me some Brun but he's barely cracked onto the music scene. He needs another 49 years or so b4 he can even begin to try and compare to MJ, and even then it'll be no competiton really. Sorry but it just won't be.
Usher's had a 15 year career and is def. a tried and true student of MJ's but he isn't a pop royalty quite yet...he's still got a few decade to go too.
In my opinion the bottom line is that MJ isn't going to be replaced or topped or outdone anytime soon, or ever possibly. He was a once in a lifetime deal. And that's why he's The King!!!

@Danica!!! Right on

You know, in auto racing you never hear "Oh, this guy is the next Dale Earnhardt".
They may compare someone's driving style to Dales,
but never is it suggested that someone may actually replace Dale as the "Intimidator" or the "Man In Black".

There was only one Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
There was only one Michael Jackson.

Danica Cool

Nothing against the guy but there is only one Michael. I hate when people write that this person is the next king of pop or next MJ. I find it disrespectful. They need to be who they are and Michael is Michael.

Who Puzzled Puzzled Puzzled

His name isn't Michael, his name's Bruno! (Get my point)?

There will be no new Michael, just new artists. No one can replace anyone, it's impossible. You can't clone yourself, you can't take someone's genes. It's impossible.

But I do like Bruno's music, it's really good actually. I think he'll go places and if he crosses Michael's roots, so be it. If he gets to that level of success, just let it be. Let's not complain about things that we can't control. It's not worth our breath.

I for one, support his musical path.

I am not saying that Michael isn't worth it but I think some people should learn to support other artists, and not just us. We can express our opinions though. But let's not bring them down like the media did to Michael.

Here's a thought.. pretend that every artist in the world is Michael, (even the ones you don't like) and think twice before bringing them down.

I'm not saying that you're bringing them down, (or Bruno for that matter) it's just a message to people who will want to bring him down.

I've actually heard this from a few people i know. No, i don't think BM is the new MJ, but Mars is definetly talented in his own right. He's going to go far.

He's just not Michael Jackson.

hahahahahahahaha.....I'm sorry this story is absolutely ridicuous!!! There is NO NEW Michael Jackons, there will NEVER EVER be another Michael Jackson!!!!!

THERE IS NO 'NEW' MICHAEL JACKSON...HES NOT A FRIGIN COLLECTORS ITEM..HES NOT A TOY WHERE YOU CAN JUST GET A 'NEW' ONE AND REPLACE HIM...HES A FLIIPIN HUMAN BEING..THE CLOSEST ONE TO JESUS THAT IVE EVER SEEN...HE CAN NOT BE OUTDONE...HE CANNOT BE OUTMATCH..HE CAN NOT BE REPLACED...I AM TIRED OF READING CRAP LIKE THIS....WHY CANT PEOPLE JUST BE THEMSELVES..WHY CANT PEOPLE ACCEPT OTHER PEOPLE AS THEY ARE..BRUNO MARS IS BRUNO MARS PLAIN AND SIMPLE..USHER IS USHER..BIEBER IS BIEBER..SOME PEOPLE NEED TO STOP THINKING THEY CAN BE THE NEXT MICHAEL JACKSON..BECAUSE THEIR IS NO NEXT..THEIR IS HIM AND ONLY HIM THATS IT!!!!! LET ME KNOW WHEN PRINCE OR BLANKET STARTS DANCING AND SINGING LIKE MIKE THEN I WILL CALL THEM MINI MIKE FOR PETES SAKE!....I FIND THIS INSULTING THAT THE PEOPLE THAT MANY CLAIM TO BE THE NEXT MICHAEL JACKSON..ARE NOT UP TO PAR TO MICHAEL STANDARDS..YEP I SAID IT..MICHAELS STANDARD..BECAUSE HE SET IT SO HIGH...IT IS AS THOUGH IT CANT BE DONE..PEOPLE STACK BOOKS ON TOP OF LADDERS TRYING TO REACH HIS LEVEL OF STARDOM AND SUCCESS AND HUMANITARIANISM ONLY TO FAIL..REALIZING IT CAN NOT BE DONE!

HES INVINCIBLE..PLAIN AND SIMPLE!

and yes i am screaming...its annoying!
Cool

Michael is unique!

Yeah, um call me in 40 years when Bruno has the same amount of HUMANITARIAN work, musical innovation, and intricately mastered talent as MJ. Not even Usher in his 30s is able to keep up to Michael in his 50s! Cool

I'm confused, who is saying that this Mars fellow is the new Michael Jackson? Whoever they are they better stop it. They are trying to look for Michael wherever they can find him, even if they have to look into thin air. First of all, when Michael came on the scene, everybody and their mama knew who he was and he was adored by so many. Then he became a mega superstar. Everybody and their mama knew Michael's music and still do. Most people (including myself) don't know anything about this Mars guy. As far as I'm concerned he may as well be from Mars. Please stop comparing these make shift entertainers to the one and only Michael Jackson. There is no new Michael Jackson in anyone else. Michael Jackson is the new Michael Jackson. He just came out with a new album, he's in a Cirque Du Soleil show and he has a multitude of fans all over the world who call him the King of Pop. There is only one Michael Joseph Jackson don't get it twisted.

What planet are these people on comparing anyone with Michael? there is no new michael ever he is IRREPLACEABLE

I agree with everyone about no New MJ, but he's very talented and may I add..., sexy. I just think the world, per se, USA is realizing what a lost music and humanity is w/o MJ and so like anyone else who has ever treated someone bad, they search for a "new" in a way to find peace with themselves. There will never be another MJ, just like they'll never be another you or I.

Though, I must say, I don't see Bruno stealing moves from MJ, he's just himself; so, it's safe to say that Bruno may end up with longevity in this business, because he's original. I look forward to people saying, "that person there, reminds me of Bruno Mars." Michael can't be replace, but it's good to see that the eye of the public is opening up to see that Michael Jackson has set a standard that not the average person can achieve. God Bless MJ, he was some kind of wonderful.

Singers should just aspire to be themselves. Learn from the greats and be inspired, yes. But just be yourself.

Barbara... Diana... James Brown... Sammy Davies... Elvis... The Beatles... All the greats are innovators and irreplaceable - that's what makes them unique! All the rest are just imitators.

i hate when people try to categorize people as the "new" michael jackson

ex:

chris brown
usher
(and now) bruno mars

i agree they're talented, but plz dont ( i dont want to use this word) compare them to michael please, I for one, dont think ANYONE will ever reach the level that michael did, and be able to unite people from AROUND THE WORLD. that being ALL cultures ALL races, ethnic groups, etc. NO ONE will ever EVER have that effect like Michael does. NO ONE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGKXMI1cBB8&feature=fvst

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjhCEhWiKXk - Just The Way You Are

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aRor905cCw - Billionaire

Well he is very good, but there will never be another Michael Jackson.

PS....How dare they say such a thing! lol

Eh, I agree he's good, but I don't think he's the "new" Michael. I don't think anyone will ever be the "new" Michael, just like there's never been a new Beatles, Prince, etc. Perhaps he can be great on his own, but he's faaaaar from a replacement for Michael. Faaaaaaar.....lol

IS BRUNO MARS THE NEW MICHEAL JACKSON ACCORDING TO THE NATIONALPOST . SO THEY SAY