Usher Feels Pressure to Succeed Michael Jackson

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Usher is under pressure these days.

The burden of being the next Michael Jackson would take its toll on any man. Not sure who is pressuring him to assume that role, but he feels under the gun.

"You know, we lost Michael Jackson. A lot of pressure is on me," he confesses to the Daily Star, and while "I don't mind taking it," it's also not an easy task.

Usher at the VMAs

THE NEXT MJ? It's a challenge, but Usher won't back down.

"I want to make sure that you get that type of experience that leaves you saying, 'OMG'. The impression I like to leave is that this guy is really stepping it up to a level where people can hopefully compare me to Michael Jackson."

"I basically tear myself apart inside, emotionally, energetically, connecting with you and making sure that you enjoy this moment."

Dude ... chill.

You've gotta love that kind of dedication to his craft, and the THG staff definitely ranked "OMG" on our list of 2010's top songs ... but come on.

Michael Jackson's shoes aren't going to be filled by Usher (or Kanye) anytime soon. It's okay to respect that legacy and be your awesome self.

Also, you need to elevate a little. The R&B superstar confessed that he wept openly over protégé Justin Bieber's American Music Awards wins.

Enough said.


One question, how is Usher going to be the next Michael Jackson when his 16 year old protege sells more records then him ? That interview is hilarious. Maybe I would respect Usher more if his song didn't you know, suck. He hasn't done anything good since Confession. Nobody is pressuring him, he just think he's that good.


What Usher, Will i am and Neyo are showing is extreme anxiety that Michael is still so popular that he is stealing some of their thunder. They are all copycats, sprout that Michael inspired them but as soon as a posthumous album is released they start knocking it!!! I used to love these three now they have lost a fan and an album buyer. Usher - wake up to the REAL world - you will never be as mesmerising or inspiring as Michael Jackson was - ever!!


Usher eat a d*** lol, because u aint ever gonna be close and nobody aint worried about your played out self:)


Also, since Usher wants to be the new MJ, heres a starter. He should be humble like he was. PEACE


Wow. It amazes me that we have to hear about Usher and his sudden stress, because he thinks he needs to live up to Michael. Mj left behind a legacy, why don't we all just focus on keeping his image alive, before we worry about getting someone equally great (if that is possible :D). this is almost insulting. Although Michael Jackson looked up to James Brown, he didn't become James Brown. They are different in their own ways,yet they are both legends. Why doesn't Usher just look up to him, instead? And Usher's music doesn't reach out to people, it just gives good beats. Michael actually changed the world with his songs...he sang for hope, change, and purpose.


i like usher but that won't happen..michael is 1 in a million


Usher this is really dumb. nobody will ever be like Michael.
michael is the unique, incomparable, irreplaceable, eternal, unstoppable.
Michael is the god of music and dance.
that Usher is very jealous!
The MICHAEL IS UNIQUE, a genius.


Usher stop dreaming because you will never never ever be Michael Jackson. You can't even hold a candle to MJ!!! by the way you music suck.MJ's music is clean and pure just like HIM.


Go Randy !!!


Really Usher? You have nothing to worry about because you are so far removed from the genius of Michael Jackson. He was and always will be a magnificent human being with unbelievable compassion. So forget your supposed pressure, you will never, ever, come close to Michael Jackson!

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Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, with the best-selling album of all-time and more than a dozen massive hits. After years of physical... More »
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