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One of the highest new documentary movies on Netflix this week is The Greatest Night in Pop, wanting again on the behind-the-scenes of the enduring We Are The World Recording.

Following the large success of UK supergroup Band Aid’s charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas, US stars knew they might do one thing comparable in 1985.

Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones set to work on We Are The World in assist of African victims of famine, in what grew to become the ninth best-selling bodily single of all time.

Using their star energy they managed to get the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Paul Simon and extra for the supergroup USA for Africa.

However, an enormous star declined to participate regardless of a protracted telephone name from Jones and different ways.

Originally Huey Lewis’ solo on We Are The World was meant for Prince, whereas His Royal Badness’ longtime collaborator felt she was solely concerned within the challenge to try to woo him. After all, she wasn’t even given a solo half within the charity recording.

As for why Prince turned down participating, his shyness was an element however so was the involvement of the person he had an on-going feud with, Jackson.

The Purple One provided an instrumental solo, however Jones’ response was “I don’t need him to play f***ing play guitar!” Prince additionally thought the tune We Are The World, co-written by MJ, was “horrible”.

As for his feuding with Jackson, in response to The Telegraph that goes again to their on-going rivalry as mega pop stars of the interval. Initially, MJ had been greater as a part of the Jackson Five, earlier than Prince gained each an Oscar and a Grammy for 1983’s Purple Rain film. This reportedly made the King of Pop fume as he had had hopes of hitting Hollywood himself.

Jackson and Prince had additionally shared the stage solely as soon as that 12 months having been invited to by James Brown on the Beverly Theatre in Hollywood. Spotting within the viewers by the Godfather of Soul, the 2 rivals had been invited to impromptu performances. MJ kicked off with a Mr Dynamite duet alongside Brown earlier than Prince performed guitar. But in response to Jackson, his musical nemesis “made a fool of himself” by taking his garments off, swinging on a Papier-mâché lamppost and throwing himself into the group. The King of Pop later mirrored on the antics of Prince, who would himself really feel humiliated: “He was a joke… people were running and screaming I was so embarrassed.”

If that wasn’t sufficient, in response to Jones, Jackson was insultingly nicknamed Camille by Prince and one time the guitarist allegedly even tried to run him over with a limousine.

Speaking beforehand with GQ, the producer stated: “He knew. Michael knows s***. He was there. He said that was his intention.”

Despite all this. MJ requested Prince to duet with him on the title observe of his 1987 album Bad, however can be brutally snubbed. To discover out extra on that story, click on right here.