There is only one King of Pop and according to Michael Jackson’s nephew it will stay that way.
The backlash surrounding the King of Pop title was swift, according to Rolling Stone debuted Harry Styles as their October/November cover star. The star, who recently released his third solo album and is currently touring, adorns the cover as he opens up about his latest on-screen roles, his relationship with Olivia Wilde and of course his latest music. The cover issue comes as a surprise to many fans, as Styles opens up on many topics he’s kept private over the past few years — including talks about his sexuality and therapy.
But one topic that had to be discussed was the success Styles has achieved since leaving One Direction, something that has shocked Styles himself. For example, Styles’ album quickly reached #1 on the Billboard chart after the release of his third album, Harry’s House, as did his second album, Fine Line. With only three albums – judging by his solo career – and such prestige, Rolling Stone proclaimed Styles the new King of Pop. But after the cover photo was announced, it wasn’t long before a member of Michael Jackson’s family reminded the magazine that there is only one King of Pop. And for her it is Not styles.
Taj Jackson says Michael Jackson and Harry Styles deserve their own titles
Harry Styles wears a white fur coat, pink sequin shorts and is holding a birthday cake. For his Rolling Stone cover photo, Harry Styles looks directly into the camera and signals his confidence in the new title they have bestowed on him: “the new king of pop.”
But shortly after the titular and covers star was unveiled, Taj Jackson, Michael Jackson’s nephew, quickly took to social media to set the record straight — there’s no “new” King of Pop. “You don’t own the title @RollingStone and you haven’t earned it, my uncle did. Decades of dedication and sacrifice. The title has been withdrawn,” Jackson said tweetedfires back at the magazine.
And Jackson wasn’t alone in his feelings. Following his tweet, many fans of Michael agreed that this was Michael’s title and no one else’s. “That’s right Taj! tell them! Nobody can take Michael’s place as THE KING of POP,” said one fan wrote. Come in addition, another said “I’m a huge Harry Styles fan, but no. He’s not the new King of Pop. There’s no new King of Pop.” But while Taj was upset about using his uncle’s title, it wasn’t because he felt Styles didn’t deserve it. Rather, Taj thinks Styles deserves his own title and moment to shine. “No disrespect to Harry Styles, he is mega talented. Give him his own unique title.”