Due to persistent rumors that three of the tracks in the 2010 posthumous compilation Michael contain false vocals ascribed to the late pop icon Michael Jackson, the songs have been taken down from streaming providers.
Michael Jackson also referred to as the “King of Pop,” was an influential American dancer, singer, and composer. Jackson rose to prominence as the lead vocalist of the Jackson 5, a well-known Motown group, as a youngster. He afterward launched a solo career that achieved astounding global success.
The tracks from the 2010 album Michael have been removed from streaming services, according to a statement released on Tuesday (July 5) by Sony Music and the Michael Jackson estate. “The Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music decided to remove the tracks ‘Breaking News,’ ‘Monster,’ and ‘Keep Your Head Up,’ as the simplest and best way to move beyond the conversation associated with these tracks once and for all,” read the statement.
The statement made no mention of the ongoing claims that Jackson, who passed away in 2009, may not have recorded all of the vocals in the songs. The statement continued, “The focus remains where it belongs — on the exciting news and existing projects celebrating Michael Jackson’s legacy, among them the Tony-winning Broadway musical MJ, the enormously well-liked Michael Jackson- ONE show in Las Vegas, an upcoming biopic, and the campaign to commemorate Thriller’s 40th anniversary, the best-selling album in history, in November.
The remaining tracks on the album are still accessible. It is just time to go past the distraction around the songs, thus nothing should be interpreted into this decision about the veracity of the records, it said.
The entire Michael album has been removed from digital retail stores including iTunes and Amazon’s digital store, while you can still purchase the tracks individually at iTunes via the iTunes-exclusive collection. The remaining Michael songs are still available to stream.
In 2014, a fan attempted to lead a class action lawsuit on the grounds that the King of Pop may not have been the lead singer on the songs, which are thought to have been recorded two years prior to Jackson’s passing. The fan claimed that Michael’s actions amounted to a misrepresentation that was illegal under California’s Unfair Competition Law and the Consumers Legal Remedies Act. The Michael Jackson estate administrators and Sony did not record the songs themselves, thus they were unable to comment on who took part in the vocal sessions, the appeals court stated in its decision.
Elwood Liu, a California Appellate Justice at the time, stated, “Under these circumstances, Appellant’s assertions about the identity of the singer amounted to a statement of opinion rather than a statement of fact.” The absence of personal knowledge in this case also precludes the challenged remarks by the appellants from falling under the category of expression that is “least likely to be chilled by proper control.”
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In a historic $750 million transaction, Sony Music acquired the rights to Jackson’s discography in 2016. The agreement was a big relief to his estate, which had been using new companies to consolidate the singer’s obligations. Jackson’s original music and his master recordings are not granted to Sony Music as part of the agreement. Prior to this, the business agreed to a $250 million contract with Michael Jackson’s estate in 2010 for the rights to his unheard music, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Finally, Michael Jackson was a legend who would always be remembered for his renowned songs.