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Artists We Wish Could've Collaborated with Michael Jackson, King of Pop

Happy birthday to music's most iconic man, Michael Jackson.

If he were alive today, the King of Pop would have turned 56 and in a sense he's still well and alive in our hearts and minds. With a very successful posthumous album, Xscape, it is apparent that Jackson's legacy of absolute epic-ness will forever remain.

To commemorate the life of the number one man in music, we've compiled a dope list of artists we would have loved to see collaborate with MJ. Continue clicking to see what artists made the cut.

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Beyonce

H-town's sassy diva Yonce would have made some sweet tunes with the musical genius, indeed.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

It would definitely be a dream of Mr. Brown's to collaborate with his idol. Let's not forget his impeccable MJ tribute he poured his heart and soul into on the 2010 BET Awards.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

After Lamar's collaboration with Imagine Dragons on the 2014 Grammy Awards, anything is possible with this dude. His range is impeccable, one that would mesh well with MJ's.

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Party Next Door

The Canadian singer/songwriter's love for electronic dance music-infused R&B would be a perfect fit with Jackson's R&B/pop roots.

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Kanye West

Yeezus meets the King of Pop… no words needed.

Hot 97 Summer Jam 2014

Jhene Aikon

No doubt, the hipsters airy vocals would sound sweet with Michael's.

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Drake

The Toronto native is the total package—rapper and crooner all in one. We could only imagine the magic that the two would cook up.

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Pharrell Williams

With Skateboard P on the beat and/or in the booth dropping swag-filled vocals, a collaboration with Mike would be the talk of the town. Seriously, just imagine MJ on a hit like "Happy."

Power 105.1 Powerhouse 2013

Nicki Minaj

There's no denying it, collaboration queen Onika would be the perfect candidate to have a collaboration with Mike. We can already imagine it—Nicki would have sounded amazing on "Bad."

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John Legend

A collaboration that we're surprised never came into fruition is one that we continue to keep our fingers crossed for.

The Weeknd

The Weeknd

The uber sensitive singer/songwriter could have penned some beautiful songs of love and heartbreak for Michael, we're sure of that.

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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

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"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

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