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Forbes Crowns Bad Bunny as 'King of Pop': Sparks Controversy

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Muthana Al-Najjar
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Forbes Crowns Bad Bunny as 'King of Pop': Sparks Controversy

The Latin American pop star Bad Bunny has been crowned as 'The King of Pop' by Forbes Magazine in their '30 Under 30' special issue, released on November 28, 2023. The title, commonly associated with the late Michael Jackson, has sparked a wave of discussion and controversy on social media, with opinions divided on whether Bunny is deserving of such an accolade.

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Bad Bunny: A Rising Star in the Pop Scene

Bad Bunny, whose debut studio album X 100pre was released on December 24, 2018, has quickly risen to fame. The album, which peaked at number 11 on both the Billboard 200 and Spanish album charts, was certified diamond and remains his most successful work to date. The Puerto Rican artist's significant achievements also include being the most played artist on Spotify with 35.9 billion plays and accumulating over 32 billion views on his YouTube channel, surpassing renowned artists like Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift. Forbes magazine highlighted the singer's strong connection to his Spanish roots and his ability to turn anything he produces into a worldwide hit.

Public Reaction to the Title

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However, the decision to bestow the 'King of Pop' title on Bad Bunny has elicited a polarized response. Some fans have expressed pride and cited the artist's global reach and influence as reasons for his deserving of the title. Others, however, have contested the decision, pointing to other artists they believe are more deserving. Michael Jackson fans, in particular, have voiced their displeasure, arguing that Jackson's impact on the world surpasses that of Bad Bunny. Accusations of whitewashing have also emerged, with some arguing that modern pop music owes much to BIPOC artists such as The Weeknd.

Debate Surrounds Bad Bunny's Influence

The debate over Bad Bunny's global influence and cultural impact has been further stoked by the mixed reception of his latest album 'Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va A Pasar Mañana.' Some listeners have expressed disappointment, while others maintain that his influence and impact on music are undeniable. This controversy has not only highlighted the diverse perspectives within the music community but has also opened up a larger conversation about the evolution of pop music and the legacy of its icons, like Michael Jackson. As the debate continues, it is clear that Bad Bunny's impact on the music industry, whether deemed worthy of the 'King of Pop' title or not, is significant and cannot be overlooked.

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