Originally Posted by Crowquill
It's perfectly understandable to say someone is better because they play their instruments better, in fact thats a commonly accepted reason.
You need to actually back up your posts with information. How was he innovative, what was his impact? What did he do to the music industry? How did he give birth to the modern video age? And maybe you should say more about him then genius dancing and awesome songwriting. Also what the hell is breaking alot of records?
Well it would be commonly acceptable if they both
played instruments then I could see you saying yea Prince is the better musician. There two different artists always being compared when they shoudn't be. MJ is an entertainer and Prince is a musician.So MJ is better than Prince just because he dances better than him? It just depends how you look at it. Out of the two Prince is the better (musician) of course. I say those 2 main things lol because thats what I admire most about him but MJ is much more than that.
Biggest-selling Album Ever
The best-selling album of all time is Thriller by Michael Jackson (USA), with global sales of over 51 million copies to date since 1982. The success of the album also helped Jackson win a record eight Grammy Awards in 1984.
The Album Thriller Records
Best Selling Album worldwide
104 million copies sold internationally
54 million sold in the U.S.
Best Selling Album in Multiple Years
1983 and 1984
Weeks on Billboard
Weeks at NO.1
Top 10 singles
NO. 1 singles
2("Billie Jean", "Beat It")
7 - he won 8 grammies that night but the 8th one was for the song "We Are The World"
Most Grammy Awards Won In A Year By A Person
At the 26th Annual Grammy Awards in 1984 Michael Jackson won eight Grammy awards, which included Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "Beat It," Record Of The Year with "Beat It," and Album of The Year with Thriller. (During that time)
Most Charities Supported By a Pop Star
Michael Jackson has supported 39 charitable organizations either with monetary donations through sponsorships of their projects or the participation in their activities. The charities involved include AIDS Project L.A., American Cancer Society, BMI Foundation, Inc., Childhelp USA, United Negro College Fund, YMCA - 28th Street/Crenshaw, The Sickle Cell Research Fund and Volunteers of America.
Longest Music Video
Michael Jackson's part feature film, part music video, Ghosts (USA, 1996), is 35 min long and was based on an original concept by horror writer Stephen King. Jackson plays five different roles in the video, directed by Stan Winston.
Most Expensive Music Video
Directed by USA's Mark Romanek, the video for Michael and Janet Jackson's hit single "Scream" (1995) cost $7 million to make.
Most Valuable Oscar
David O Selznick's 1940 Best Film Oscar for Gone With The Wind (USA, 1939) was bought by the singer, Michael Jackson, for $1,542,000 on June 12, 1999, at Sotheby's, New York. The pop star made his bid by phone.
Most Valuable Sculpture By A Living Artist
Michael Jackson and Bubbles, a porcelain sculpture created by the artist Jeff Koons in 1988 sold for $5,616,750 at Sotheby's in New York on May 15, 2001. The piece measures 106.7 x 179.1 x 82.6 cm (42 x 70.5 x 32.5 in) and is described as a mix of pop culture and high art. The sculpture shows Michael Jackson reclining with his arm around his pet monkey.
Largest Ever Endorsement For Product Promotion
In 1986 Michael Jackson signed a $15 million deal with Pepsi - it was the largest ever endorsement for product promotion.
Youngest Vocalist to Top the US Singles Chart (aged 11, fronting The Jackson Five)
First Vocalist to Enter the US Single Chart at Number One (You Are Not Alone)
First Entertainer to Earn More Than 100 million Dollars in a Year and Highest Paid Entertainer of all Time (125 million dollars in the 1989 Forbes list).
First Entertainer to Sell More Than 100 Million Albums outside the US.
Most Weeks at the Top of the US Album Charts (non-soundtrack for Thriller)
Most Successful Music Video (Thriller).
Most successful entertainer of all time.
In 1989 alone Michael Jackson earned $125 million from single and album sales
Michael Jackson's Thriller remained at number one for thirty-seven weeks, the longest stay by a non-soundtrack album to date.
Michael Jackson was the first artist to have seven top-ten singles from one album (Thriller).
Michael Jackson was the first artist to simultaneously have the number-one album and number-one single on Billboard's Pop Charts and Black Charts.
Michael Jackson was the first artist in the 1980s to have two simulataneous top-five hits ("Beat It" and "Billie Jean" on April 16, 1983).
Michael Jackson was the first and, to date, only artist to have five number-one hits from one LP, Bad ("Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror", "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", and "Dirty Diana").
Michael Jackson had nine number ones in the 1980s, more than any other artist during the decade.
Michael Jackson has the most Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles for a male recording artist. ±
Michael Jackson was the first artist to ever have a song debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 ("You Are Not Alone").
Michael Jackson's album Bad remained in the top five of the Billboard 200 for thirty-eight weeks, longer than any other album to date.
Michael Jackson's "Bad World Tour" (1987–1988) was the highest-grossing tour ever at the time, with over $125 million earned. This record was later broken by the "Dangerous World Tour" (1992-1993)and later broken again by the "HIStory World Tour" (1996-1997)
Michael Jackson holds the record for most expensive music video ("Scream" in 1995 with sister Janet Jackson) cost reportedly over seven million U.S. dollars.
Michael Jackson has the record for the two best-selling VHS music videos ever released ("Moonwalker"  in first place, and "The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller"  in second place).
Michael Jackson jointly holds the record for most Grammy Awards won in a single year; he won eight awards at the 1984 ceremony. This has been equalled by Carlos Santana at the 2001 ceremony, and Norah Jones at the 2003 ceremony.
Michael Jackson jointly holds the record for most American Music Awards won in a single year, winning eight awards at the 1984 ceremony. This has only been equalled by Whitney Houston at the 1994 ceremony.
Michael Jackson holds the record for the most World Music Awards won in a single year, with five awards at the 1996 ceremony.
Michael Jackson was the first black artist to have a video aired on MTV.
Greatest Audience - Guiness Book Of World Records
The highest-ever viewership was 133.4 million viewers watching the NBC transmission of Super Bowl XXVII on June 31, 1993. Michael was spotlighted during the half-time peformance
Largest Contracts - Guiness Book Of World Records
$890 million (Sony Music) Contract, with prospective earnings of $1 billion.
Entertainer Of The Decade
With the #1 (Thriller)and #2 (Bad) ranked albums in the world Michael was the 1980's Entertainer Of The Decade
Best Selling Artists over 500 million
Country Period Genre Source
The Beatles U.K. 60s-70s Rock / Arena Rock / Pop / Psychedelic Rock  
Bing Crosby U.S. 20s-70s Jazz / Swing / Vocal / Easy Listening / Pop 
Michael Jackson U.S. 60s-00s Pop / New Jack Swing / R&B / Rock / Funk
/ Disco / Gospel 
Elvis Presley U.S. 50s-70s Rock / R&B / Gospel / Blues / Rockabilly / Pop / Country 
Frank Sinatra U.S. 30s-90s Pop / Easy Listening / Vocal / Jazz / Swing
Michael Jackson world wide has sold over 750 million albums.
These are most of his records/ achievements but not all of them.