Sony Has Not Conceded to Using Fake Michael Jackson Vocals on Posthumous Album
Earlier this week, rumors circulated claiming that Sony Music had admitted in court that three songs from Michael Jackson's 2010 posthumous album Michael were not Jackson's, but those of an impersonator. Sony has released a statement denying these reports.
In a statement obtained by Variety, Sony states “No one has conceded that Michael Jackson did not sing on the songs. The hearing 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.”
The drama behind the Michael vocals began with a class-action lawsuit filed by a fan named Vera Serova in 2014. Serova sued Jackson's longtime friend Eddie Cascio and his production copy, Angelikson Productions LLC, for allegedly creating and selling fake songs through Jackson's estate and Sony Music Entertainment. Jackson and Cascio's relationship dates back to the '80s and often referred to Cascio and his brother as his "second family." Another man named James Porte was also mentioned in the suit. He has reportedly written 12 songs for Jackson including the three songs in question, “Keep Your Head Up,” “Breaking News” and "Monster" featuring 50 Cent.
Variety also reports that the rumor began when people who attended Tuesday's hearing took a statement by an attorney for Jackson’s estate that stated “even if the vocals weren’t Jackson’s” as a sign of admission from Sony.
The hearing on Tuesday was focused on whether or not the album's liner notes are protected under First Amendment rights, particularly the part that reads “This album contains 9 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.”
This story is still developing.