Bad Bunny's 'The King of Pop' Title Sparks Outrage Among Michael Jackson's Fans
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While the Puerto Rican rapper has a long list of achievements to make him fit the title, some fans express their disagreement with Forbes' move on social media.

AceShowbiz - Forbes has named Bad Bunny as the new "King of Pop" in its latest "30 Under 30" issue. While the Puerto Rican rapper has a long list of achievements to make him fit the title, some fans expressed their disagreement on social media.

Insisting that the title will continue to belong to Michael Jackson, a fan wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, "That's a big reach! Your arms must be hurting." The fan added, "Stop this narrative. He is nowhere near iconic status."

"King of Pop with what talent, impact, and global reach? He's not even a Pop artist," someone else added. Another fan echoed the sentiment, writing, "That crown ain't going anywhere (no matter how many times the press tries to force into whoever is the flavor of the month), buddy."

Blasting Forbes, a fumed fan said, "You guys at the media try to force a "new king of pop" every month just for clicks and outrage engagement. It's getting boring. MJ is the only king of pop. Period."

A user, meanwhile, pointed out that the title was a disrespect to Latino culture. "In no way shape or form is Bad Bunny a 'Pop Artist.' You can literally Google his genre. It's Latino Urbano, and his music should be acknowledged as such out of respect for our culture," the fan noted.

That aside, Bad Bunny reached a new milestone as he scored 23rd No. 1 on Latin Airplay with "Un Preview". He's now tied with Maluma for the fifth-most No. 1s overall, since Latin Airplay began in 1994. J Balvin still holds the top position with 36 No. 1 songs.

Bad Bunny's "Preview" also becomes his eighth solo leader, unaccompanied by any other act. It's the third No. 1 song as a soloist with an English-language title, after "Moscow Mule" and "Where She Goes" topped Latin Airplay.

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