Three Michael Jackson songs have reportedly been ‘pulled from streaming’ amid ‘fake vocal’ rumours.
According to Entertainment Weekly, it has been confirmed by Sony Music and Jackson’s estate that the hits ‘Breaking News,’ ‘Keep Your Head Up,’ and ‘Monster’ have been ‘removed’ from the late star’s posthumous 2010 compilation album, ‘Michael’.
A joint statement from both parties reportedly states: “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.
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“The focus remains where it belongs – on the exciting new and existing projects celebrating Michael Jackson’s legacy… Nothing should be read into this action concerning the authenticity of the tracks – it is just time to move beyond the distraction surrounding them.”
The controversy surrounding the three tracks is believed to have begun back in 2014. Reportedly, a fan sued both Sony Music and Jackson’s estate, alleging the songs ‘don’t feature his vocals’.
This allegation is believed to have been denied by both groups and when it came to the appeal court judges, they ruled in parties’ favour.
It was reportedly determined that it couldn’t be established by either Sony Music nor Jackson’s estate whether Jackson definitely sang the tracks.
During the lawsuit, it is believed estate attorney Howard Weitzman cited various sources to determine whether the songs certainly include Jackson’s vocals.
According to Variety, he stated: “We have complete confidence in the results of our extensive research as well as the accounts of those who were in the studio with Michael that the vocals on the new album are his own.”
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