From his music videos to his onstage choreography, Chris Brown has a long history of paying homage to Michael Jackson. In an interview with Fuse, Chris says that one of the greatest moments of his career happened at the 2006 World Music Awards in London, where the then-17-year-old performed the "Thriller" dance routine, with the King of Pop watching.
"I went backstage and met him. He said 'hi' to my mom. He was respectful," Chris tells Fuse. "You know, it was just one of those great times in your life, [you're] like, 'I met Michael Jackson, man.'"
Breezy also reveals that his goal was to collaborate with Michael, and he tells Fuse that their teams had "talked countless times," about working on records. "But then you know...," Chris says, "God has other plans."
Despite the comparisons, Chris says that his legacy is "not to be Michael Jackson, but to just be me. ... I want to make him proud." Chris tells Fuse that he's blessed to have been inspired by Michael, but he's not trying to "copy" the late singer. "I hate clones, so I don’t want to be a clone," Chris says.
Michael's influence is certain to show up on Chris' upcoming album Fortune, due out on June 29. The singer recently kicked off a special Fortune scavenger hunt, which gives contestants a chance to win special prizes, including a Fortune vacation.
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