Inside The Sibling Rivalry Between Michael And Jermaine Jackson

Thanks to his solo albums “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” and “Bad,” Michael Jackson reigned supreme as the King of Pop in the 1980s — it almost seemed that every single he released was guaranteed to crack the top 10 at the very least. Meanwhile, Jermaine Jackson’s relevance had faded substantially; overall, he did fairly well as a solo artist, but by the late ’80s, he was primarily known as the most successful Jackson brother not named Michael, which isn’t saying much.

As he prepared for the making of his fourth solo album on Arista Records, Jermaine’s prospects for a career renaissance looked good. Arista head Clive Davis hired a pair of talented young producers, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Antonio “L.A.” Reid, to work with the singer. However, Davis claimed in his memoir “Soundtrack of My Life” that this was the last straw for Michael, who was unhappy enough as it is that Jermaine had a few hits on Arista that did decently on the Billboard singles charts. In retaliation, MJ allegedly got Edmonds and Reid to work on his own projects, as cited by Showbiz411.

“Jermaine couldn’t believe that Michael, his close brother, would hijack his producers’ material this way,” Davis wrote, adding that Jermaine was “crying, indeed sobbing at times, so deeply hurt that his brother would do this to him.” 

Ultimately, that album, “You Said,” was released in 1991 (via AllMusic) and was still co-produced by Edmonds and Reid under their then-Arista imprint, LaFace. And it was the penultimate track on that record where Jermaine let out all his brotherly angst toward his far more famous sibling.

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