Is Bad Bunny the new “King of Pop”? These are the numbers of the Puerto Rican vs Michael Jackson

“Forbes” magazine awarded the renowned title to the “cute eyes” performer

Michael Jackson and Bad Bunny. Photo: Official Instagram of Michael Jackson/German Espinosa EL UNIVERSAL.

Recently, a debate arose on social networks about whether Bad Bunny deserves the title of “King of Pop”, awarded by “Forbes” magazine. Online users expressed their opinions, arguing both for and against the idea of ​​the Puerto Rican being considered the most prominent pop artist today, even above the American Michael Jackson.


The artist behind “Ojitos Lindos” carried out his most successful tour last year, accumulating an impressive figure of $393 million dollars over 81 concerts in various countries. The feat became the highlight tour of his career to date.

While Michael Jackson’s most lucrative tour was in 1987 with his Bad World Tour, where he raised $125 million by offering a total of 123 concerts. Taking into account that the total inflation since then in the United States, until 2023 is 171.82 dollars, what Michael obtained that year would be equivalent to 296 million dollars today, leaving a difference of 97 million with respect to the tour of Bad Bunny.

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Bad Bunny, the new “King of Pop”, according to Forbes magazine

Monthly listening

Jackson currently has 40.5 million monthly listeners on the Spotify platform, with his song “Billie Jean” being the most played with 1 billion 555 reproductions, followed by “Beat it”, with 1 billion, and “Thriller” with 547 millions of streams.

In this area, Bad Bunny is far below Michael’s numbers, even though the album from which the songs of the “Smooth Criminal” singer emanate was published in 1982. Until now, the most played song by the bad bunny: it is “a x100to”, in collaboration with Grupo Frontera, with 766 million listens, 800 million less than Michael’s most listened to song.

Where Bad Bunny surpasses Michael Jackson is in the number of monthly listeners, since the Puerto Rican currently has 7.9 million monthly listeners on the platform.

Jackson is the first artist to reach the mark of 30 million copies sold in the United States. PHOTO: Archive.


In terms of awards, the Grammys are considered the most important in the world, where Michael Jackson won 12 including the Grammy Legend award, and the award for artistic career in 2010 after his death.

For his part, Bad Bunny has only one in the Latin Pop Album category for his album “YHLCMDLG”, released in 2020. However, he was the first Latin artist in the history of these awards to be nominated in the Best Artist of the Year category. , where he lost in 2022 against Harry Styles.

The Puerto Rican, however, has accumulated 14 Latin Grammy Awards in various categories, ranging from song of the year to video of the year. He is one of the most awarded artists of the last 5 years.

For his part, Michael has the best-selling album in the history of the physical format, with 61 million copies sold with his album “Thriller”, so we must add the importance of the star’s songs, where his most popular songs currently listened to date back to 1982, while the songs that Bad Bunny released in 2022 no longer remain among the most listened to on Spotify.

Currently, the Puerto Rican’s most played songs are from his latest album “Nobody Knows What Will Happen Tomorrow,” such as “Perro Negro,” “Monaco,” leaving behind songs like “Titi Me Asked,” or “Me Porto Bonito.”

Google searches

Google searches also favor the American, who has competed side by side with Bad Bunny despite being 14 years old after having died after cardiorespiratory arrest.

To the debate on social networks, the factor of the talent of one singer and another has been added, taking into account that Michael Jackson began his career when he was a child.

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