Breaking News: it's Michael Jackson's new song
Record label Sony yesterday unveiled the first track from an album of fresh Michael Jackson material recorded during his final years.
The debut song, 'Breaking News', is an attack on the media "who want to write my obituary". It was penned in the aftermath of Jackson's various court cases. It was apparently recorded in 2007 at the New Jersey home of producer Eddie Cascio, where the King of Pop and his children were living at the time.
Critics said it contained flashes of his old genius.
The song begins with snippets of news coverage about the singer before segueing into a complaint about reporters "stalking" him.
It will feature on an album called 'Michael' which is due to be released on December 14.
No sooner had the track been streamed on Jackson's official website, however, than Sony was forced to issue a statement denying that it had been "faked".
The label said it had "complete confidence that the vocals are his own".