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

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By Carina Murphy

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For years, Michael Jackson has been hailed as the 'King of Pop'.

However, recently people have begun to talk about passing the crown onto someone else.

Many Harry Styles fans believe that he is the new holder of the regal title.

But one person who's not convinced the 'Watermelon Sugar' singer has what it takes to replace MJ is none other than Jackson's son Prince.

Countless hits including 'Beat It', 'Thriller', 'Billie Jean' and 'Man in the Mirror' earned Jackson the 'King of Pop' title. Even after he passed away at the age of 50 in 2009, the singer was still widely known by the regal moniker.

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Michael Jackson performing. Credit: Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy

That is, until earlier this year when Rolling Stone magazine sparked a backlash by naming former One Direction member Style the 'new King of Pop'.

While many of Styles' devoted fans thought the title was well deserved, others weren't so pleased.

Now, Jackson's son Prince has weighed in on the debate during an appearance on the breakfast chat show Good Morning Britain.

Host Adil Ray quizzed Prince on the controversy, asking: "Rolling Stone have labeled Harry Styles – we all love Harry Styles – but they’ve labeled him 'the new King of Pop'. It’s caused a bit of controversy among fans. What do you think of that?"

Watch the interview below:

Prince - whose mom Debbie Rowe was married to the singer from 1996 to 2000 - replied by saying that this isn't the first time someone has been hailed as his dad's successor.

He also praised Styles as an "incredible artist". However, he didn't think that the 28-year-old deserved his father's title.

"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," Prince said.

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Harry Styles performs in 2022. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy

"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," he continued.

"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 finished.

Featured Image Credit: Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy

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

vt-author-image

By Carina Murphy

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For years, Michael Jackson has been hailed as the 'King of Pop'.

However, recently people have begun to talk about passing the crown onto someone else.

Many Harry Styles fans believe that he is the new holder of the regal title.

But one person who's not convinced the 'Watermelon Sugar' singer has what it takes to replace MJ is none other than Jackson's son Prince.

Countless hits including 'Beat It', 'Thriller', 'Billie Jean' and 'Man in the Mirror' earned Jackson the 'King of Pop' title. Even after he passed away at the age of 50 in 2009, the singer was still widely known by the regal moniker.

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Michael Jackson performing. Credit: Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy

That is, until earlier this year when Rolling Stone magazine sparked a backlash by naming former One Direction member Style the 'new King of Pop'.

While many of Styles' devoted fans thought the title was well deserved, others weren't so pleased.

Now, Jackson's son Prince has weighed in on the debate during an appearance on the breakfast chat show Good Morning Britain.

Host Adil Ray quizzed Prince on the controversy, asking: "Rolling Stone have labeled Harry Styles – we all love Harry Styles – but they’ve labeled him 'the new King of Pop'. It’s caused a bit of controversy among fans. What do you think of that?"

Watch the interview below:

Prince - whose mom Debbie Rowe was married to the singer from 1996 to 2000 - replied by saying that this isn't the first time someone has been hailed as his dad's successor.

He also praised Styles as an "incredible artist". However, he didn't think that the 28-year-old deserved his father's title.

"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," Prince said.

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Harry Styles performs in 2022. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy

"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," he continued.

"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 finished.

Featured Image Credit: Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy