Film Fridays – Sony admits in court to publishing fake Michael Jackson songs

Three songs, ‘Breaking News’, ‘Keep Your Head Up’ and ‘Monster’ appeared on Michael Jackson’s first posthumous album, Michael in 2010. It debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 228,000 units.

Some fans were skeptical when Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment released the album and claimed that some of the tracks were not performed by Michael Jackson but by an impostor. Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, concurred.

In 2014, fan Vera Serova brought a Class Action lawsuit against Michael’s longtime friend Eddie Cascio and his brother’s production company, Angelikson Productions LLC, accusing them of producing fake songs and then selling them through Michael’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment.

James Porte, a supposed co-writer of twelve controversial songs of Michael’s including the three stated above, was also named in the case.

Eddie and James claimed that these songs were recorded in James’ New Jersey basement in 2007 but failed to provide any concrete evidence to support it. Vera argued In a Los Angeles Superior Court that the songs were fake and performed by an impersonator, Jason Malachi.

– Excerpt from an article written by Erik Lake for EDM. Find the full article here

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