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'Michael Jackson liked Kanye West', daughter Paris insists

Paris Jackson has defended Kanye West for overtaking her late father Michael Jackson with more hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The rapper recently scored his 40th Top 40 tune with his collaboration on Schoolboy Q's That Part, helping him rise above Michael and Frankie Valli, who each have 39 in the all-time Hot 100 hit list.

Following the news that Kanye had broken Michael's record, a fan named Corey Young wrote on Instagram: "I’m... mad (forget) kanye west for knocking michael off the chart for the most 40 hits or whatever… if michael was still here God he would have passed kanye."

A screenshot obtained by TheShadeRoom.com showed that Paris was quick to respond to Corey's comment, insisting her father would have been more than happy to hand the honor over to Kanye.

"The first time I ever heard Kanye’s heartbreak album was from my dad, he played it for me all the time," Paris wrote, according to the screenshot. "He liked him. He never saw music as a competition or a game, never had a motive to talk... about other artists. It was always about the love and respect and appreciation for music. So if someone breaks a new record, be happy for them. They worked hard for it and they earned it. Don’t be angry or jealous or bias. Music is music and if it’s good it deserves recognition."

Kanye's achievement makes him one of the top 10 male artists with the most Top 40 hits, sitting just behind Marvin Gaye at nine with 41 and Chris Brown at eight with 42 on the Billboard tally.

Fellow rappers Jay Z, Drake, and Lil Wayne each boast 45, 53, and 69 hits, respectively, while Elvis Presley still holds the crown with 80 chart smashes.

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