Usher Crowns Himself ‘King Of R&B’ Amid Harry Styles MJ ‘King Of Pop’ Drama

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Usher has declared himself the ‘King of R&B’, just days after Harry Styles was controversially labelled the ‘new King of Pop’.

The eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer was full of praise for himself on SiriusXM, telling host Bevy Smith he ‘deserves’ the title.

He said: “King, whatever you wanna call it. Yeah, I’ve been working to the point where I do own that, and I do deserve that.

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“And I ain’t gonna ask for it no more. You’re gonna give it. Because I did work for it.”

Later in the interview, Usher addressed a recent comment from Diddy, who said ‘R&B is muthaf–in’ dead as of right now’.

“When I do hear people, even like Puff saying, ‘You know R&B is dead’. He sounds nuts to me.

“It sounds, it sounds, it sounds crazy.”

“You know, especially knowing he was a pioneer in understanding and beneficiary of it.

“You know, the source that is R&B created the breath of life that was breathed into hip-hop. It wouldn’t be.

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“There would be no hip-hop if there were not R&B, so it’s blasphemous to hear me say, to hear people say anything, especially hip-hop cats, to say anything about R&B.

“That’s what R&B is. R&B is timeless, it ain’t gonna go away.”

Rolling Stone recently published an article titled: ‘Harry Styles: How the new King of Pop set the music world aflame’.

Retweeting the cover, Jackson’s nephew, Taj, wrote: “There is no new King of Pop. You don’t own the title @RollingStone, and you didn’t earn it, my uncle did.
“Decades of dedication and sacrifice. The title has been retired. No disrespect to @Harry_Styles, he’s mega talented. Give him his own unique title.”
Others defended Styles in the comments on the controversial article, with one person writing: “I mean… let’s use context clues… The NEW King of Pop… which means there was/is a FIRST King of Pop… which is your uncle. We all know this. Let people also shine.”
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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.