Rihanna Called New “King Of Pop” Rihanna has a stunning new cover spread for Harper’s Bazaar China. The pictures on the photo shoot were dynamic but it was one of the captions for Instagram that is catching people’s eye. One post called Rihanna the “King of Pop.” Of course, that designation has been placed upon Michael Jackson for years. Followers on social media got into the debate over the caption as well as if Rihanna’s attire in the magazine screams cultural appropriation. Dive into those comments. Does Rihanna rank with Michael or is there no comparison?