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The song "Breaking News" (available for fans to listen to on MichaelJackson.com) features multiple vocal tracks, one of which record label Sony assures is actually Jackson.
In a statement, Sony said they 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."
In fact, USA Today reports that Epic records (a label under Sony) claims that "Breaking News" was originally recorded in 2007 in New Jersey and "was just recently completed with the cooperation of Jackson's estate."
But, Sony and Epic's word isn't enough for some of Jackson's family. His sister LaToya Jackson told TMZ.com she heard the nearly four-and-a-half minute song and thought, "That doesn't sound like him."
Michael's nephews, Taryll and TJ Jackson (the sons of Tito Jackson), also spoke out against the tune. "I will not support 'Breaking News' and a few others (off the album) because it simply is not him," Taryll twittered. "I KNOW my Uncle's voice and something's seriously wrong when you have immediate FAMILY saying it's not him. Sounding like Michael Jackson and BEING Michael Jackson are two different things."
TJ also took to his Twitter to dispute the track. "There's many MJ vocal impersonators," he wrote. "Some better than others. But there is only ONE Michael Jackson. Deceptively merging shady vocals with MJ samples (from prior MJ records) will never fool me. Why they would ignore the obvious, look the other way and rush a suspicious track that was NEVER on my Uncle's radar is beyond me. I'm disgusted, disappointed and saddened."
The controversial new song will appear on the upcoming album called, fittingly, Michael, which is slated for release on Dec. 14.
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