Must have read different sources then, from what i've read Jackson did a lot of work with Jones on Thriller [for example]. But even if, fact is, Jacksons albums sound great, Queen's do not. Don't get me wrong, Queen has great songs, but their production is really not up to the standards of their material.
Indeed. I'm not even sure why this is up for debate. Michael Jackson was the King of Pop for a reason. Sure, Queen had some outstanding music, but they're not really in the same league as Michael Jackson, between his work with the Jackson 5 and his solo work.
It's just that Queen was never really that big outside the UK as far as I can tell. MJ OTOH, is still huge, here in China he's probably one of the 3 most popular recording artists, and the only one that's likely to still be popular 10 years from now.
Eh what? Queen wasn't really that big in the US, that's it. They were big all over the world. With Michael Jackson, he was more a legend than anything else with only a few songs really being well known.
Queen also mastered many different genres, had very clever songs, wrote ALL their own music, performed all their own music, did amazing LIVE shows which weren't doing with ropes & pulleys, etc. etc. etc.
As much as I respected MJ, he was more about the life style, the man, than about the music. He was popular because he was a wierdo and I can't help but wonder whether he'd be remembered so well if he didn't have such an odd life style.
Also if you want to see who is the best singer, listen to some demos of them both and realise Freddie's voice is far superior in general.
So yeah, Freddie Mercury all the way!