Three controversial Michael Jackson songs removed from streaming sites

Three Michael Jackson songs have been removed from streaming sites after lengthy claims they were sung by someone else, Sony and the late singer’s estate said Wednesday.

‘Breaking News’, ‘Monster’ and ‘Keep Your Head Up’ appear on the 2010 compilation album Michaelreleased from a drug-induced cardiac arrest a year after Jackson’s death.

Some fans have long claimed that the vocals on the songs actually belong to an American session singer named Jason Malachi, Sony claims.

However, the record company and Jackson’s estate said they had decided to remove the songs “as the easiest and best way to get past the conversation about these songs once and for all.”

They added in their joint statement that the removal had nothing to do with whether the songs were authentic.

“Nothing should be read into this action as to the authenticity of the tracks – it’s just time to move past the distractions that surround them,” they said.

The Sony and Jackson estate added that the seven other songs on Michael would remain available.

When released in December 2010 Michael was billed as featuring unreleased tracks that were “recently completed using music from the original vocal tracks and music created by the credited producers.”

Jackson is said to have written and recorded them in 2007 with producers Edward Cascio and James Porte.

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But ardent fans and even some of Jackson’s family members expressed skepticism, and Sony was forced to issue a statement saying it had “complete confidence” that Jackson’s vocals were.

Skeptics said the songs were actually sung by Malachi, who according to… TMZadmitted that was the case in a 2011 Facebook post.

His manager later denied it, claiming the post was fake, reports said.

In 2014, fan Vera Serova launched a class-action lawsuit in California against Sony, Jackson’s estate, Cascio and Porte, accusing them of lying to consumers.

An appeals court ruled in favor of Sony and the estate in 2018, removing them from the lawsuit. Serova then appealed to the California Supreme Court, according to… TMZ

The jury took no position on whether Jackson actually sang the songs, and the controversy has not gone away.

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