BadMan125 wrote:Sony admits songs purported as MJ's in 2010's Michael as fake:
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 admitted to releasing and selling fake tunes by the late legend.
The fake songs reportedly appeared on the 2010 posthumous album Michael. The songs in question include: “Monster,” “Keep Your Head Up,” and “Breaking News.” In court documents obtained by Karen Civil, 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 an monetary punishment for Sony.
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https://variety.com/2018/biz/news/sony-music-has-not-conceded-that-vocals-on-michael-jackson-album-are-fake-1202916324/Articles published on Thursday claimed that Sony Music had “admitted” that three tracks on “Michael,” the 2010 Michael Jackson album released posthumously by Sony’s Epic Records, contained lead vocals that were not actually by Michael Jackson — an assertion that the company denied in a statement released late Friday morning.
“No one has conceded that Michael Jackson did not sing on the songs,” Sony Music said in a statement. “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.”
The songs in question are “Breaking News,” “Monster” and “Keep Your Head Up,” which were released on “Michael,” the first album from a splashy ten-album 2010 deal between Jackson’s estate and Epic Records to complete and issue dozens of previously unreleased recordings by the singer. While the deal — which estimates at the time claimed could bring $250 million to the estate — called for the 10 albums to be released over the next seven years, just two have emerged, “Michael” and 2014’s “Xscape.”
While involved parties have claimed that the recordings were faked since they were first released in 2010, the court hearing stems from a 2014 class-action lawsuit brought by a fan, Vera Serova, against Sony Music; John Branca, a co-executor of the estate; MJJ Productions; Edward Cascia and James Porte, the songwriter/producers of the songs in question; and their production companies. According to the lawsuit, in November 2010 Sony stated “We have complete confidence in the results of our extensive research as well as the accounts of those who were in the studio with Michael that the vocals on the new album are his own.” Howard Weitzman, an attorney for Jackson’s estate, released a statement citing multiple engineers, musicians, vocal directors, executives and musicologists as concluding that the vocals were Jackson’s.
Among other issues, the lawsuit raises the question of whether people who purchased the album or songs “are entitled to a refund, in whole or in part, of the purchase price of the album ‘Michael’ and/or the songs.”
According to sources close to the situation, individuals who attended Tuesday’s court hearing seized upon a statement by an attorney for Jackson’s estate in which he said something to the effect of “even if the vocals weren’t Jackson’s” as proof that they were indeed faked. The sources insist that the attorney was speculating.
Whether or not the vocals are indeed Jackson’s was not the purpose of Tuesday’s hearing, but rather the album’s liner notes are protected by the First Amendment (particularly freedom of speech).
The notes read in part, “This album contains 9 previously unreleased vocal tracks performed by Michael Jackson. These tracks were recently completed using music from the original vocal tracks and music created by the credited producers.”
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https://pitchfork.com/news/michael-jackson-estate-and-sony-music-off-the-hook-in-impersonation-case/Last week, various reports emerged that lawyers for Sony Music Entertainment had admitted during a court hearing that three tracks from Michael Jackson’s posthumous 2010 album Michael were recorded by an impersonator. The hearing was part of a class action suit brought against Sony and the Jackson estate in 2014 by a fan named Vera Serova, who alleged that the songs “Breaking News,” “Monster,” and “Keep Your Head Up” were not recorded by Jackson. A subsequent statement from representatives for the Sony and the estate shortly thereafter denied those reports.
Facing rumors that the songs were fakes before the album was even released, both Sony and the estate hired “forensic musicologists” as well as former producers and engineers who had worked with Jackson, who verified the authenticity of the songs in November 2010. The album was then released in December 2010, containing the allegedly “faked” songs.
Today, three appeals court judges have ruled that Sony and the Jackson estate are exempt from the class action suit, according to court documents viewed by Pitchfork. The judges’ ruling states that because neither of those parties knew for certain whether or not the Jackson vocals were authentic, they cannot be held accountable under commercial speech and are protected under the First Amendment.
Serova’s lawsuit claims that the defendants—producer Eddie Cascio and his production company Angelikson Productions—deceived Sony into releasing illegitimate Michael Jackson songs. Cascio and Angelikson Productions are the only entities that would ostensibly know for certain whether the songs are fakes; they are still being sued by Serova.