Michael Jackson's breaking news: New song fake or just bad?
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!
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?
| November 8, 2010; 2:03 PM ET
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