Three contested Michael Jackson songs removed from streaming services￼
Three Michael Jackson songs have been removed from streaming providers as a result of persistent rumours that they have fake vocals.
Monster, Keep Your Head Up, and Breaking News were on the 2010 compilation album Michael, which was released posthumously.
They have since become the focus of a lawsuit filed by a fan who contends that a session vocalist is responsible for the vocals.
Their removal from streaming websites, according to Sony Music and Michael Jackson’s estate, had nothing to do with their validity.
The attention stays where it should be, on the exciting new and ongoing initiatives honouring Michael Jackson’s legacy, like the recently-announced biopic and the Broadway musical MJ.
After Michael Jackson passed away in 2009 from a propofol overdose, the first album of outtakes and unheard music to the surface was Michael, which was released in 2010.
Even before it was available in stores, the star’s relatives questioned whether he had contributed to every song.
According to the official narrative, Jackson collaborated with the producers, Edward Cascio and James Porte, to write and record them in 2007. However, rumours persisted that an American singer by the name of Jason Malachi was responsible for the vocals, as he allegedly claimed credit for them in a 2011 Facebook post.
Then, in 2014, MJJ Productions, the estate’s music division, and Angelikson Productions—a production company owned by Cascio—were named as defendants in a class-action lawsuit brought by Jackson fan Vera Serova against Cascio, Porte, Sony Music, and co-executor John Branca of the Jackson estate.
Sony and the Jackson estate vehemently refuted the claims, and an appeals court ultimately decided in their favour, excluding them from the case.
Serova is pursuing legal action against Angelikson Productions, Cascio, and Porte. While Sony has requested the earlier decision to be upheld, she has also petitioned the Supreme Court of California to reinstate the litigation against the firm.
As yet, no legal action has succeeded in proving the provenance of the disputed tunes.
They are no longer available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and other streaming services, so fans cannot evaluate them for themselves, while unauthorised uploads can still be found.