Sony Denies Releasing Fake Michael Jackson Music
Update: 3:48 P.M. ET (August 24, 2018) – A rep for Sony Music has issued a statement, stating the claims are false.
"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 – in documents obtained by Billboard. "The hearing Tuesday was about whether the First Amendment protects Sony Music and the Estate and there has been no ruling on the issue of whose voice is on the recordings."
Original Story: In 2010, several songs were released that were said to be recorded by the late Michael Jackson. Four years later, one fan questioned the music's validity, leading many to believe the music was fraudulent. Now, nearly three years after the scandal, Sony Music Entertainment has reportedly admitted to releasing and selling fake tunes by the late legend.
The fake songs allegedly appeared on the 2010 posthumous album Michael. The songs in question include: "Monster," "Keep Your Head Up," and "Breaking News." In court documents obtained HipNMore, Vera Servoa – the fan who kickstarted the investigation into the fake MJ songs – filed a civil suit, accusing Jackson's longtime friends Eddie Cascio, James Victor Porte, and his production company, Angelikson Productions LLC of creating and selling music through Sony and the Jackson estate.
Cascio and Porte initially claimed that the songs were recorded in Cascio's basement in 2007. Serova and the Jackson family, contested those claims, however. While the singles sounded similar to MJ's sound, they said Michael never recorded them. Serova testified in the Los Angeles Superior Court that they were recorded by an impersonator named Jason Malachi.
Consequently, Sony Music Entertainment conceded in court, that it had released fake singles. It's unclear if fans or Jackson's estate will be awarded for the criminal behavior or whether there will be a monetary punishment for Sony.