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Chris Brown, Michael Jackson

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Sure, Michael Jackson hadn't released any new music in a long time. But that hardly matters when your old brilliance remains just as fab as the day it was released. Doubt much of the music on the radio today would have a shelf life near as long, right?

Which raises the question: Is there anyone out there now who's anywhere near touching Jackson's iconic status?

The moves, the look, the hits, the voice and even the backstage drama—M.J. had it all. (And even after his death, he's still got the drama.) On those terms, who might be the current King of Pop? Or should we let that phrase rest in peace along with M.J.?