Sony Music have removed three posthumous tracks from all platforms due to the ongoing speculation
A year after Michael Jackson’s death, Sony Music released Michael, a collection of previously unreleased songs by the late singer. Controversy quickly surrounded the album, with three of the tracks in particular being contested by fans. ‘Breaking News’, ‘Keep Your Head Up’ and ‘Monster’ were all supposedly recorded by Jackson in 2007 with songwriters and producers James Porte and Eddie Cascio, but many people have speculated that the songs are sung by session vocalist Jason Malachi, and that Jackson doesn’t actually feature on the tracks at all.
A since-deleted Facebook post in which Malachi reportedly admitted to providing vocals for the tracks helped to fuel the speculation, and many of those close to Jackson have expressed doubts over whether the vocals were authentic, including his mother, children, nephews and siblings. Fan Vera Serova also filed a class action lawsuit over the vocals in 2014, although the suit was ultimately unsuccessful.
Now Sony has suddenly removed all three tracks from streaming services. Despite fan theorizing, they have made clear that this decision is not connected to any new information about the vocals.
“The removal of these three songs has nothing to do with their authenticity,” said a representative. “The Estate and Sony Music believe the continuing conversation about the tracks is distracting the fan community and casual Michael Jackson listeners from focusing their attention where it should be — on Michael’s legendary and deep music catalog.”