Sony Music is denying reports that it admitted three songs on the 2010 posthumous Michael Jackson album Michael were not sung by the King of Pop.
“No one has conceded that Michael Jackson did not sing on the songs,” Zia Modabber of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, who is representing both Sony Music and the Jackson estate, says in a statement to Variety, adding, “There has been no ruling on the issue of whose voice is on the recordings.”
The report, which appeared on HipHop-N-More, claimed that during a hearing on Tuesday, Sony admitted that the tracks “Breaking News,” “Keep Your Head Up,” and “Monster” were actually sung by MJ sound-a-like Jason Malachi.
Sony Music is involved in a 2014 class action lawsuit filed by a fan named Vera Serova, claiming the songs were fake. The defendants also include John Branca, a co-executor of the estate; MJJ Productions; Edward Casciaand James Porte, the songwriter/producers of the songs in question; and their production companies.
Servova’s case was supported by forensic audiologist Dr. George Papcun, who presented a 41-page report concluding that the songs were not sung by Jackson.
MJ’s mother, Katherine Jackson, claimed back in 2010 that the voice on the songs was not Michael’s.
Now three judges will decide the case, and the decision is expected within 90 days.
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