Jackson's Duet With Paul McCartney
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Jackson's first single released from "Thriller" was his duet with Beatle Paul McCartney, "The Girl Is Mine." Critics widely panned it, but the song reached No. 2 on the pop charts.
"Here was the emerging King of Pop with the great Beatle and it was a statement," Brown said. "Michael was always disappointed that people seemed reluctant to put him in the same class with the Beatles and Elvis."
After "Thriller," Jackson not only established himself as the King of Pop, but he amassed so much wealth that in 1985 he was able to purchase the Beatles catalog of about 250 songs.