So here is the full track of Breaking News. Who is singing, I have no idea, but it ain’t Michael Jackson – sounds like a Jackson cousin or nephew to be honest.
In a very well written report on Gizmodo this morning, TJ Jackson, the son of Michael’s brother, Tito, says that the song is a complete fake, a cut-up job combining various Michael Jackson samples with an impersonator’s vocal track.
After hearing it, TJ took to Twitter:
There’s many MJ vocal impersonators. Some better than others. But there is only ONE Michael Jackson. Deceptively merging shady vocals with MJ samples (from prior MJ records) will never fool me. Why they would ignore the obvious, look the other way and rush a suspicious track that was NEVER on my Uncle’s radar is beyond me. I’m disgusted, disappointed and saddened. And before the media starts to smear our name, just remember we are COMMITTED (as our Uncle Michael always knew) to protect his name and his amazing legacy he worked his whole life for. We have nothing to gain and we know they will try to drag our name through the mud. But we know how much he valued his legacy and his fans. And cheating either is unacceptable. “Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.”
He went on to even take a guess at identifying the MJ impersonator responsible for the track’s main vocal:
Sounds like Jason Malachi to me too. The vibrato is a dead give away that it’s not my uncle. Fans, I am so sorry you were put through this.
Taryll Jackson, TJ’s brother, had a similar reaction. He said that there are “songs that are my uncle singing on the upcoming album and I will support those 100%…But I will not support Breaking News and a few others because it simply is not him.”
For their part, Sony says that they 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.” But they’ve yet to divulge just how much postproduction was required to finish the album, and who really knows how extensive their research was to begin with.
What do you think? Is this Michael or a sad impersonator?
The new album is entitled Michael. It is previously un-released music from Michael Jackson – scheduled to be available in stores December 14, 2010.
From the official press release
The much anticipated album of newly completed recordings from Michael Jackson entitled MICHAEL will be released on December 14 by Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson.
The creative process never stopped for the King of Pop who was always planning for his next album; unbeknownst to many fans around the world Michael Jackson was writing and recording songs continuously everywhere from a friend’s home in New Jersey to studios in Las Vegas and Los Angeles with a small group of handpicked collaborators. Now, through the unique stories that will be told about the songs that comprise MICHAEL, fans will get mind-blowing insight into how this artist worked and a chance to hear the songs he most recently created along with tracks that Michael had a desire to bring to fruition.
“Breaking News,” a never heard before song by Michael that appears on the new album was recorded in New Jersey in 2007 and recently brought to completion. Fans can begin pre-ordering the album on www.michaeljackson.com in the next 24 hours.
The image of the album cover of MICHAEL was created by painter Kadir Nelson in 2009. In the oil painting, Kadir – who is known for story telling through his art – takes us on a journey through some key moments and important people in Michael Jackson’s life.