When Michael Jackson died, he left behind a large body of unreleased music, some of which was in early or fragmented stages. Those in control of Jackson’s music released some of this posthumously in the form of 2010’s ‘Michael’.
Michael included 3 songs called ‘Monster’, ‘Keep Your Head Up’ and ‘Breaking News’, which were all – in theory – created but not finished in 2007 with a production duo called Edward Cascio and James Porte. However, soon after Michael was released a singer called Jason Malachi said it was his voice.
While Malachi’s manager said the claim was a fake, rumours persisted, and in 2014 Vera Serova actually filed a multi million dollar class action lawsuit against the Jackson estate for misleading them over who the singer was, partly to protect Michael’s legacy, and partly because they all felt mislead that they’d bought this.
So, today’s news. The court case is still ongoing, and apparently this news doesn’t affect that. What’s this news? The Jackson estate has pulled those three songs from streaming and is making them disappear from the internet. The estate claims it is Jackson on the songs, but “the simplest and best way to move beyond the conversation associated with these tracks once and for all”.
Which sounds like they’re guilty. They go on to say “The focus remains where it belongs – on the exciting new and existing projects celebrating Michael Jackson’s legacy”, including the Broadway musical MJ and a recently-announced biopic.”