The hashtag #BreakingNews is doing double-duty for this post and court case. Not only is this shocking news, it’s one of the track names in question.
Get this. Not all the songs on Michael Jackson‘s posthumously released album were sung by MJ!
Sony admitted this week in court that three tracks Breaking News, Keep Your Head Up and Monster (with 50 cent) — were actually sung by Jason Malachi. Listen, he’s pretty good but you can tell in parts.
The Jackson family first brought attention to the possibility that Michael’s voice was absent on some tracks in 2010. The album Michael was billed as a collection of unreleased songs from the late musician’s archive.
An MJ superfan named Vera Serova agreed and in 2014 she filed a class-action lawsuit against the album’s producers, alleging fraud.
Previously, Sony had hinted that the tracks might be “fake” but insisted that since the potential fraud was perpetrated on the part of producers and not the label, Sony wasn’t responsible.
Sony claims it should have the right to still advertise the album as Jackson’s, even if he isn’t featured on all the tracks. They know it’s cheating but.
According to TMZ, in 2007, a song called “Mamacita” made the rounds … with people thinking it was a new MJ track. Turned out it was done by Malachi who confessed on Facebook.
“Sheesh guys, I guess it’s time to confess. I’ve lied to many people, including someone today, but…. It was me. It was me who sang Breaking News, Keep Your Head Up, Monster and Stay.
I had a agreement with the record company, but now the cat is out of the bag. Sorry to all my fans, and fellow Michael Jackson fans.“
The court is expected to rule in the next 90 days.