Jackson's new single 'is not fake'
Michael Jackson's record label has insisted his new posthumous single was genuine in the face of family claims that the voice on it was someone else.
"When I heard these songs, my heart cried hearing Michael again in good spirits. The vocals sounded very polished, very on key and processed. I have no doubts that these are Michael's vocals," Jackson's long-time producer, Teddy Riley, said .
Breaking News is the first song off MICHAEL, due out in December. It's the first album of unreleased Jackson material since Jackson's death.
Epic Records, Jackson's label, said Jackson not only co-wrote the song in 2007 but also co-produced it with Eddie Cascio and James Porte. It made its debut on michaeljackson.com on Monday.
But Jackson's nephews, Taryll, Taj and TJ Jackson, said on Twitter this week that their uncle's voice isn't the one featured on the song. "I KNOW my Uncle's voice and something's seriously wrong when you have immediate FAMILY saying it's not him," wrote Taryll Jackson.
"Don't you have to wonder why? I have strong, undeniable points. They can't give me answers, yet continue to move forward with lies and deception. Sounding like Michael Jackson and BEING Michael Jackson are two different things."
Michael Jackson's brother Jackie also took to Twitter this week, and while he did not call the song a fraud, he did voice concerns.
"My friend John McClain (co-executor) and I have insisted for many weeks to have certain tracks removed from Michael's new album," wrote Jackson about McClain, who is co-executor of Jackson's estate. "Unfortunately, our concerns were not taken seriously."
However, Riley, who worked with Jackson on the albums "Dangerous," "HIStory," "Invincible" and other projects, said he had the family's support on the production of the album. "I did what Michael would expect of me with the tools I had to work with (vocal tracks of Michael). This is his legacy," he said. "Let it live."
Frank Dileo, who had been Jackson's manager years ago and re-entered his career shortly before his death, also vouched for the song's authenticity.