Following the release of Michael Jackson’s first posthumous album, Michael, fans began to suspect that some of the tracks on the effort were sung by an imposter and not the King of Pop himself.
Now, what many brushed off as a conspiracy theory has turned into what court documents says is an admittance on the part of Sony Music that they did indeed use someone else’s voice on at least three tracks on the album.
It all began in 2014 with a fan named Vera Serova who filed a class action lawsuit against Michael Jackson’s longtime friend Eddie Cascio, accusing him and his production company, Angelikson Productions of doctoring songs and selling them through the Jackson Estate and Sony Music.
Cascio and co-writer James Porte both claimed that the tracks were recorded by Jackson in Cascio’s New Jersey home in 2007, but a lack of evidence left holes in their claims.
Serova implicated singer Jason Malachi as the impersonator and brought in forensic audiologist Dr. George Papcun to support her claims with a 41-page report that concluded that the songs in question, “Breaking News,” “Keep Your Head Up,” and “Monster,” which features 50 Cent, were not sung by Jackson.
The analysis went so far to suggest that the three tracks were missing Jackson’s signature finger snaps and foot stomps.
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