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Bruno Mars vs. Justin Timberlake | Who’s The Current King of Pop?

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There are two contenders for king of pop at the moment. Bruno Mars has been holding it down for the last 3 years, amassing five #1 singles in that period. But now, everybody’s favorite male pop star is back: Justin Timberlake. (There’s also that other Justin who has 5 #1 albums, and he’s only 18, but yeah…he’s getting trumped by these two). Both Justin and Bruno have been on the road promoting their latest material. Check out both performers below and decide who’s the better of the two.

 

 

 

 

I know most people are going to say “Oh Justin, Justin! He’s the savior! He’s bringing real music back!” But those people are not thinking fully. No doubt, he’s absolutely the biggest male pop artist out. And his new music is good, but “Take Back The Night” could have easily been on Robin Thicke’s last three albums, and “Mirrors” could’ve been on Justin Bieber’s last 5. Not saying that his new material is bad (because “Pusher Love Girl” and “Tunnel Vision” are the absolute truth), but he’s not bringing “real” music back with his single choices. The music he brought to 2013 really never left.

Bruno Mars, on the other hand, is absolutely killing it. HE’S the one who’s been bridging the gap between soul music and pop music, and HE’S the one that’s been doing it oh so well. He doesn’t completely channel past sounds, but he pays homage, while evolving today’s pop music. His live performance is also on a completely different level, as evidenced above. We know what JT is capable of (i.e. his VMA performance), but Bruno is consistently sick on stage. And Bruno’s definitely the better singer. So who’s the reigning King Of Pop at the moment? Just because JT’s back, many will say JT, but we’re rolling with our boy Bruno, as he’s evolving with his music, while JT seems to be regressing back to his old sound of 2003, as opposed to inventing a new sound as he did in 2006. There must be a reason Pepsi selected Bruno Mars as their Halftime performer for the 2014 Super Bowl…

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34 Comments

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    Kayy
    February 24, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    I’d say currently Bruno.

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      Dante
      February 24, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      Agreed

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      Julia
      October 5, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      nope not even in the same league

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    Sag
    June 28, 2013 at 8:19 PM


    Bruno Mars. Justin Timberlake’s good, but Bruno Mars is the next MJ. Bruno Mars even looks like MJ.

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      jeaneth
      July 26, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      I think it’s Bruno Mars because his voice, ways and talents definitelylook similar on MJ

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    machine
    September 1, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    this thing “Bruno Mars is the next MJ” sorry it will never happen, there will never be another Michael Jackson, i say Bruno Mars is the king of pop now, he’s awsome, but he doesn’t and never will be close to Michael Jackson, its not that he’s bad its just that Michael Jackson is that good, he was dominating music industry in the 80’s; 90’s and we all know that thous years were the best music years, best music artists and MJ destroyed all thous artists. He’s the Greatest king of pop of all time. But for me he’s the Greatest king of music of all time.

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      xyz
      October 8, 2013 at 6:37 AM

      all of you are retarded . JT won the MJ Vanguard award in MTV . so definitely JT all the way

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        Dante
        October 9, 2013 at 2:03 AM

        Pretty sure the Superbowl Halftime performance is the BIGGEST honor a musician can ever receive…so CURRENTLY, it’s not as clear

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          Louis
          February 2, 2014 at 9:05 PM

          So I’m guessing with that logic, Madonna, MIA, and Nicki Minaj are best female pop stars… That doesn’t mean anything. Justin Timberlake has been in music since Nsync and hasn’t fallen off

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        Thetruthhurts
        October 29, 2015 at 5:05 PM

        Sorry your the retarded one. The vanguard award does not make him king MJ is the only king.

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    Guylaine
    January 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Sorry! JT is The New King of Pop!! Absolutely! His voice, his groove. Personally, I think he is really the best!!! Bruno is good but not can be compared…

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      Thetruthhurts
      October 29, 2015 at 5:09 PM

      Sorry but just because you say so does not make it so. mIchael Jackson is still the king of pop. So no sorry but jt just is not. His voice is terrible too high pitch and just plain horrible. Your a fan so of course you like his voice just like a bieber fan likes bieber said voice. Yet your just as tone death as a bieber fan.

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    Esin Akdgn
    February 19, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Justin is the shit!!! no doubt Bruno is one of the best artists of this day and age but no one compare to the vibe Justin brings to us. He’s been in the charts since nsync and hasn’t left them since. JT is the one and only KING OF POP!!!

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      Thetruthhurts
      October 29, 2015 at 5:13 PM

      Sorry you mean Justin is shit!! . He has not been in the charts since he left nsync. And sorry he defiantly is not the one and only king of pop. Because it’s a fact that Michael Jackson is the one and only king of pop.

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    Diana Love
    April 15, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Bruno Mars for sure.

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    Gautham
    April 17, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    JT undoubtedly.I like Bruno Mars but he is not innovative .Besides , Jt can dance ,act , sing and play a whole lot of instruments.His career literally obliterates whatever Bruno has done and will do ever.Period

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      Really?
      August 29, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Have you seen Bruno Mars on SNL? have you seen Bruno Mars at the SuperBowl playing the drum solo? have you seen Bruno Mars playing the electronic guitar, the ukulele, the acoustic guitar, etc.? Have you seen Bruno Mars playing the piano on his own? Have you seen Bruno Mars do the James Brown walk, the MJ moonwalk, the Usher sexy freak on you bit? Do you even know that Bruno Mars writes and co-writes ALL of his songs?

      Of course not. But youtube is always available so do yourself a favor and look everything I mentioned up.

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      Thetruthhurts
      October 29, 2015 at 5:17 PM

      Sorry but jt does not innovate shit!! At all. Jt does not actually play any instruments at all he pretends to he hold prop guitar or sits in front of a prop piano.

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    sarah sue
    July 26, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Bruno mars of course is the new king of pop, His vocals are so much better than justin plus he writes his own music and killed the super bowl performance

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    Qoo
    July 26, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    JT is million times better than Bruno. He is not only talented but also creative. Bruno’s songs are really boring and mediocre. When he finally does something worth praising, then we can talk.

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      Thetruthhurts
      October 29, 2015 at 5:21 PM

      Sorry your a fan of jt and obviously a hater of Bruno. Jt song are way make boring as hell. And extremely mediocre as hell. And sorry jt is not creative at all in fact he too darn stupid to even write a song all on his own.

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    Sophie
    July 27, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    JT is the biggest pop star right now! he’s the current King Of Pop .. he’s the best selling pop male artist right now , his tour is heading up to be one of the best tours of all time , all of the shows are completely sold out around the world ! , he has the most n.1 pop songs by male artist according to Billboard .. he’s the best performer of our generation , all critics agree that JT’s tour is phenomenal while most of them agree that there’s nothing new with Bruno’s tour .. JT is in a completely different level ! he’s a genius .. each one of his albums has a different style (and if you disagree then you have trouble hearing) , Bruno’s songs starting to sound the same , there’s nothing new with his music .. and because everybody considers JT a legend they chose him to do a duet with MJ ! JT had been around for 2 decades and still going strong with sales (one million copies in one week >> who does that these days ??) , he’s phenomenal live, he can sing and dance at the same time and you never see him tired and these are the qualities of the King Of Pop ( and by the way , JT’s new music which you think isn’t good has won him 3 Grammys this year, not to mention the dozen of awards that he has also received) ..and you forgot that JT performed at the Super Bowl back in 2001 with Nsync and with Janet Jackson in 2004 !! .. JT returned to music in 2013 (and they already chose Bruno, they chose Bruno before JT’s VMA performance) , JT didn’t perform live for 6 years,so I think it’s reasonable that they didn’t choose him and chose someone didn’t leave music industry for a while, and besides you forgot what happened in the Super Bowl 2004 ? so maybe that’s another reason why they didn’t choose him!! .. and it’s obvious whoever wrote this stupid article is a fan of Bruno not JT , and that’s why he/she chose to put the worst video of JT performing live and the best video of Bruno performing live ! .. you need to understand people JT is in a completely different level and he’s the biggest pop star! ( JT won 2 Grammys for his first album and 4 Grammys for his second album , so with his two albums he won 6 Grammys , Bruno now has 2 albums but he won only 2 Grammys till now .. and JT’s recent work won him another 3 Grammys , so now he has 9 Grammys total ) , and Mirrors ( which you underestimated) was nominated for a Grammy ! , and JT won a Grammy for best R&B song (which again you underestimated his R&B abilities ! , Robin Thick was nothing before Blurred Lines and now he’s back to be nothing after it , so don’t you dare to compare him to a legend like JT .. and albums sales tell who people like and admire more ! )

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      perry
      November 27, 2014 at 2:13 AM

      Justin is a much better singer. Bruno’s voice is always high pitched and gets old fast. Justin is more soulful. The last post said it perfectly.

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        Thetruthhurts
        October 29, 2015 at 5:24 PM

        Sorry Bruno voice is more deep than Justin. It’s Justin that has the voice that’s way too high pitch.

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      Joseph
      August 29, 2015 at 10:14 PM

      Yeah bro your right

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      TheTruthHurts
      November 4, 2015 at 6:40 PM

      Sophie you say who ever wrote this article is clearly a Mars fan. But by all that bullshit!! You wrote you are clearly a jt fan. Which make what ever you say invalid and totally bias. Neither mars or jt are the king because MJ is the only king.

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    perry
    November 27, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Justin is a much better singer. Bruno’s voice is always high pitched and gets old fast. Justin is more soulful.

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      TheTruthHurts
      November 4, 2015 at 6:55 PM

      sorry perry there nothing soulful about jt voice at all. And sorry but jt is the one with terrible high pitch voice that is the same in all his songs. Bruno Mars has a better voice all around. His voice is a lot less high pitch and more enjoyable to listen to. Only someone who is severely tone deaf will think Bruno voice is too high pitch compared to jt. It is true that Bruno voice is more like MJ the only king of pop. While the MJ song that Justin ruined “love never felt so good ” just proved that no matter how much jt tries he will never be like mike. And the version of love never felt so good with jt only sold better. Because of the lie he told on oprah master class claiming MJ wanted to do nsync gone with him as a duet. Which MJ never wanted to do any duets with Justin ever. But he knew by claiming that it would make the version he was in sell better.

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    Daniel
    December 23, 2014 at 3:54 AM

    Bruno Mars hasn’t showed to us his REAL talent yet and still he got The Super Bowl Half-Time Show. If you watched his interviews, he said that he likes to do things progressively – so, you can expect GREATNESS from him in the coming years. Plus, I don’t take Grammy Awards seriously as a measurement of greatness as far as music is concerned – take a look at its history – it’s a joke.

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    Daniel
    December 24, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    Bruno is more talented, and has a better and more versatile voice than JT(e.g. reggae,rap,pop,ballad,r&b,funk,rock,etc.). Remember, BM used to impersonate Michael Jackson back in the days, and during one of his interviews he said that he wanted to do things progressively – so, expect something really great from this guy in the coming years. I won’t be surprised should he show up himself like MJ used to be?!

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    JT for sure
    January 20, 2015 at 6:19 AM

    Oh Bruno fans really try so hard whoever wrote this absurd article is a fan of Bruno. I wonder what would happen if Bruno didn’t make any album for 7 years. Not even have to be 7 years it would be 3 or 4 years. Bet everyone would forgot Bruno’s name. JT gave a really very long break. He turned away to mainstream pop music for 7 years! But he still going strong I mean his last albums sold more 1 million copies in first week. JT’s last album sold more than +3,5 million in US and +8 million copies worldwide considering that he didn’t perform big place like Super Bowl or Victoria’s Secret for promo like Bruno in this era. JT won 7 Billboard Music Awards including Top Artist and Top Male Artist over Bruno! And let’s look their last tours.
    JT; 134 shows – US$231.6 million – 1,986,386 attendance
    Bruno; 154 shows – US$138 million – 1,400,341 attendance
    I didn’t even mention to MTV Video Vanguard Award or Grammys. Enough said? They’re not even in the same league JT is the biggest male artist nowadays.

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      TheTruthHurts
      November 4, 2015 at 7:03 PM

      Sorry none of JT albums has ever sold a million or more in its first week of sales part 1 of 20/20 got close to a million. But was not a million. Get your facts right before posting something you clearly don’t understand.

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    Trey
    November 25, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    I’m sorry. No one can touch Justin Timberlake. He’s been the king of pop ever since Micheal Jackson passed away in ’09. Even before that, JT was killing it. The two true pop legends are MJ and JT. But don’t get me wrong. I think Bruno Mars is an amazing pop star, that boy seriously has talent, and a great style. But I’m leaning more towards JT in this one.

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