Rumored Michael Jackson Tracks Contain Fake Vocals Removed From Streaming Services


By Corey Atad.

Jul 5, 2022 2:44 PM

Sony Music says the removal of three Michael Jackson songs from streaming services has nothing to do with their controversial authenticity.

In a statement to the fansite behind the maska record company representative has confirmed that three tracks from the posthumous compilation album Michael were removed from streaming services and made unavailable for digital purchase.

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The tracks in question — “Keep Your Head Up,” “Monster” (feat. 50 Cent) and “Breaking News” — have long been the subject of questions as to whether they feature Jackson’s real vocals.

All three tracks are attributed to Jackson, along with Eddie Cascio and James Porte, and are generally referred to as the Cascio Tracks.

“I can confirm that the three Cascio tracks on the 2010 album Michael are no longer made available by Sony Music for purchase or streaming, but I must stress that the removal of these three songs has nothing to do with their authenticity,” the rep said. “The Estate and Sony Music believe the ongoing conversation about the tracks is distracting the fan community and casual Michael Jackson listeners from focusing their attention where it should be – on Michael’s legendary and deep musical catalog.”

Over the years, everyone from Jackson’s mother and sister La Toya to nephew Taryll and children Prince and Paris have all questioned the authenticity of the vocals on Cascio’s tracks.

At the time of the album’s release in 2010, Sony Music Group said it had “complete confidence in the results of our extensive research, as well as the accounts of those in the studio with Michael, that the vocals on the new album are his own.”

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Things escalated into a court case in 2014 when a fan filed a class action lawsuit against the label and Jackson’s estate, as well as producers Cascio and Porte for violation of consumer laws, unfair competition and fraud.

A panel of appeals court judges ruled in favor of Sony and the estate in August 2018, dropping both sides of the suit, though Cascio and Porte remain in the lawsuit, which is currently before the Supreme Court of California.


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