Forbes magazine has crowned Puerto Rican urban music sensation Bad Bunny as the “King of Pop” in its prestigious “30 Under 30” list, leaving Michael Jackson fans in a fury.
Born Benito Martínez Ocasio, the 29-year-old artist from Vega Baja had previously graced Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list in 2019. However, this year’s recognition has sparked outrage, as the world knows only one “King of Pop,” and his name is Michael Jackson.
Forbes praised Bad Bunny’s global influence and phenomenal success, emphasizing his remarkable achievements in the past three years. With a staggering 35.9 billion Spotify streams, he stands as the second most streamed artist to date.
On YouTube, his channel boasts over 32 billion views, surpassing iconic figures like Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Justin Bieber. Bad Bunny has also clinched three Grammy Awards and eleven Latin Grammy Awards, further solidifying his status in the music industry.
Fans of Bad Bunny rallied behind the title, celebrating the recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the music world. Social media platforms were flooded with messages commending Forbes for acknowledging the artist’s impact and success.
However, the decision did not sit well with some netizens, particularly Michael Jackson enthusiasts, who vehemently disagreed with the title bestowed upon Bad Bunny. One Twitter user expressed disbelief, stating,
But that guy [Bad Bunny] doesn’t make pop music!!! You can’t name someone who doesn’t even make that kind of music as ‘El Rey del Pop’!!!! Are the Forbes editors completely crazy or what? 😡😵💫
Another defiantly rejected the idea, proclaiming, “No, not in this world nor in absolutely any metaverse.”
“The title is too big for Bad Bunny. Let’s be honest. He doesn’t deserve it. Even if trends have changed. 🤷🏻♂️,” chimed in another critic.
Bad Bunny is undoubtedly a talented and successful artist, particularly in the Latin and urban music scenes but the title “King of Pop” has long been associated with Michael Jackson, who is widely regarded as one of the most influential and successful pop artists in history.
Michael Jackson earned this title through his groundbreaking contributions to the genre, his unparalleled success, and his impact on the music industry as a whole.
Does Bad Bunny truly deserve to dethrone the legendary “King of Pop” himself, Michael Jackson? Let us know in the comments below.