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28th Oct 2022

Michael Jackson’s son shuts down claim Harry Styles is the new ‘King of Pop’

Tobi Akingbade

There can only be one King of Pop?

Lately, the term King of Pop has been flying around – but not for the reason many would think.

Discussion online and among movie critics have made it clear that some people see Harry Styles , 28, as worthy of the title of ‘King of Pop’… but Michael Jackson,’s son Prince Jackson isn’t among them.

Michael, of course, is the master mind behind timeless songs like Beat It, Thriller, Billie Jean and Man in the Mirror and that was after he blasted on to the scene as a child star in his family group The Jackson 5.

Now, 13 years after his death at the age of 50 in 2009, the singer is still widely known by moniker however Rolling Stone magazine turned a few heads and ruffled many feathers after labelling Watermelon Sugar singer Harry the ‘new King of Pop’.


It gets more intense when, during Friday’s Good Morning Britain, co-hosts Adil Ray and Charlotte Hawkins spoke to Michael’s son Prince, whose mother, Debbie Rowe, was married to the Smooth Criminal singer from 1996 to 2000.

The 25-year-old, who was born Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, was asked: “Can I just ask you very quickly? Rolling Stone have labelled Harry Styles – we all love Harry Styles – but they’ve labelled him ‘the new King of Pop’. It’s caused a bit of controversy among fans. What do you think of that?”

Prince, not one to hold back, responded by saying that “we’ve come in the situation before, before praising the former One Direction by calling him an “incredible artist”.

“He’s got his own genre and he’s definitely an amazing artist. But, the ‘King of Pop’ was a moniker that really my dad earned,” he said.

Prince outlined how the “access to information” and “the access to popularity and fame wasn’t as easily accessible as it is today”.

He added: “With so many other social factors that you have to take into consideration at that time, I do feel that my father is the King of Pop, will always be the King of Pop, and it’s not something that you can ever take away, because we’ve just evolved so much as a society that those same factors will never be the same.

“So when you look at the… from where my father started to where he ended, versus where all these other people started to where they ended, it’s just night and day of a difference.”

Prince isn’t the first member of the Jackson family to speak out.

The son of MJ’s older brother Tito (a singer himself) insisted that the outlet doesn’t own the title, adding that they “didn’t earn it, [his] uncle did”.

Fair points have been made