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Michael Jackson's breaking news: New song fake or just bad?

By Melissa Bell

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Michael Jackson's back on the musical scene, and the singer is dogged by controversy after death, just as he was in life. This time the question centers on who's singing for Michael Jackson on his new album, "Michael."

The first song for the album was released online Monday morning by Sony music. It's a four-minute montage of audio news clips, the signature "ooo-hoo" of the singer, and oddly prophetic references in the lyrics about Jackson's obituary.

"The mix of Jackson's sugary and tart vocals, dripping with contempt for the tabloid press, helps cut some of the bitterness of the song, but clearly the singer had something to get off his chest," Gil Kaufman of MTV writes.

However, the Jackson family doesn't believe it's Michael Jackson doing the actually singing.

They said this is 100% my Uncle. Not 70, 80 or 90 but a 100%. Every line, every word. My Uncle's legacy didn't deserve this!less than a minute ago via web

It's little wonder that Sony is rushing to put out a new album by Michael Jackson. The King of Pop topped Forbes's list of dead celebrities this year, earning $275 million over the past year. Forbes said the new album alone could bring the estate up to $250 million more over the next seven years.

The song is definitely not one of his best. It's jarring, and it could have simply been tweaked too much by the record company into some sort of limbo-Jackson voice. "There have been scores of posthumous albums that have been overdubbed, cut and pasted, rearranged and reworked in various ways over the years," Kyle VanHemert at Gizmodo points out.

The record company, however, told the BBC they have complete confidence that it's Jackson's voice.

Take a listen and let us know what you think. Did Sony make a mistake in releasing this song? Or is it just a mediocre Jackson tune?

(Thanks, Justin!)

By Melissa Bell  | November 8, 2010; 2:03 PM ET
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Comments

I don't think it's bad or fake. It is like the article says -jarring. It is grittier and not as polished as most of his work. It's not Billie Jean but it's better than anything Kyle VanHemert or Melissa Bell have written and or recorded.

Posted by: TomJoy | November 8, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I think the song is hot. I think it will be a hit. Nobody in the press liked MJ when he was alive, no surprise they're still taking potshots at the dead guy.

Posted by: bamydood | November 8, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I love the song! Michael was our greatest American hero whom the media tried to destroy. I also don't blame him for feeling this way. There should be a law against the media using soundbites, snippets and deceiving editing to paint a picture of someone that is so far from reality. For the millions of us who are fortunate enough to have had the intelligence to study him, he shaped and molded our lives. We will always remember the beautiful speeches he gave around the world, most notably the one at Oxford University. We will also remember that he spent 20 million annually out of his own pocket to allow disabled and dying children to experience joy and wonderment at Neverland. We will also have the hundreds of hours of video footage seeing Michael visiting orphanges & hospitals all over the world. And we will always appreciate the millions of dollars he gave to children, the organ transplants he paid for, the funerals he paid for, the medical bills he paid for, and for teaching us that what this world needs is a little more love. I'm ashamed of the way he was treated. He is without question the greatest entertainer to ever live and through tremendously hard work and dedication to his craft, he brought us a level of joy and entertainment that we will never see again. He gave the world all he had, his talent, his time, his money, his music, his dance, his speeches, and he got nothing but a media crucifixion in return. For those who are fortunate enough to be his fans and admirers, we will always love and respect Mr. Jackson. He was too good for this world. I hope has finally found peace and happiness.

Posted by: thriller2 | November 8, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

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