New Development in an Odd Michael Jackson Theory

Did the King of Pop really sing the vocals on all of the songs on 'Michael'?
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2018 6:07 AM CDT
New Development in an Odd Michael Jackson Theory
This Feb. 1, 1993 file photo shows Pop superstar Michael Jackson performing during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.   (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, file)

Did Michael Jackson really sing lead vocals on three songs released on his first posthumous album, Michael? It's a question some have been asking since the album dropped in 2010, and statements made this week by record label Sony haven't exactly assuaged fans. The Guardian has the backstory on the songs "Breaking News," "Keep Your Head Up," and "Monster": Sony's Epic record label professed its "complete confidence" in the vocals being Jackson's, but sister La Toya Jackson said she wasn't so sure, and fans agreed, chief among them Vera Serova, who in 2014 filed a suit against Sony, the songs' producers, and the King of Pop's estate. Here's the development: In an attempt to be dismissed as a defendant in the case, Sony this week put forth a legal argument that fans have leaped on.

In what Sony says was a hypothetical, a lawyer for Sony said in a hearing something to the effect of "even if the songs weren’t sung by Jackson," per Fortune. The Guardian reports court documents contain the line: "For purposes of the appeal, appellants [Sony] accept that Jackson did not sing all the lead vocals on the Cascio tracks. But ... respondents must accept that appellants did not know that someone else was the singer." Fans pounced, and Sony responded, Variety reports: "No one has conceded that Michael Jackson did not sing on the songs. The hearing on Tuesday was about whether the first amendment protects Sony Music and the estate, and there has been no ruling on the issue of whose voice is on the recordings." If Jackson didn't sing the vocals, who did? Vulture reports the money is on "MJ sound-alike" Jason Malachi. (More Michael Jackson stories.)

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