After ongoing concerns that the vocals were fake, three Michael Jackson songs have been removed from streaming platforms.
These three songs, “Monster,” “Keep Your Head Up,” and “Breaking News,” are all part of the posthumous compilation album, Michael, released in 2010. They had been sued by a fan who claimed the vocals were by a session singer.
According to Sony Music and Jackson’s estate, their removal from streaming services doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t authentic.
They describe the measure as “the simplest and best way to move beyond the conversation associated with these tracks once and for all” in a statement. “The focus remains where it belongs – on the exciting new and existing projects celebrating Michael Jackson’s legacy,” such as MJ, the Broadway musical, and a newly-revealed biopic.
“The album’s remaining tracks remain available,” the statement added. “Nothing should be read into this action concerning the authenticity of the tracks – it is just time to move beyond the distraction surrounding them.”
Michael, released in 2010, was the first album of outtakes and unheard music released following Jackson’s death from a propofol overdose in 2009.
Before the album was released in stores, the icon’s family doubted that he had played all the songs.
“I tried so hard to prevent this craziness, but they wouldn’t listen,” said a tweet from Jackson’s nephew, Taryll. “It doesn’t sound like him,” said La Toya, Jackson’s sister.
In response to the allegations, Sony said in a statement that it had “complete confidence in the results of our extensive research, as well as the accounts of those who were in the studio with Michael, that the vocals… are his own.”
During its release, the Michael album’s back cover stated: “This album contains nine previously unreleased vocal tracks performed by Michael Jackson. These tracks were recently completed using music from the original vocal tracks and music created by the credited producers.”
But fans grew suspicious about three specific songs after hearing the music.
According to the official story, Jackson wrote and recorded the songs with the production team Edward Cascio and James Porte in 2007. However, gossip continued to spread, saying that the vocals were from an American singer named Jason Malachi, who reportedly claimed credit for them in a Facebook post in 2011.
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