Chaos and confusion replayed in the music world for a few hours on Friday when several news outlets reported that Sony Music was confessed to selling fake Michael Jackson songs. No such admission actually took place.
At issue are three songs ("Breaking News," "Keep Your Head Up" and "Monster") ) Sony's Epic Records released on the posthumous King of Pop album Michael in 2010. Since the record's release, a handful of Jackson's fans and relatives have claimed that the vocals were sung by an impersonator , pointing to inconsistencies in the way the tracks surfaced. One fan, Vera Serova, brought a class-action lawsuit in 201
This week, while the case is still ongoing, the defendants appeared in court to discuss the album's notes are protected by the First Amendment. According to Variety an attorney for Jackson's estate used a phrase along the lines of "even if the vocals were Jackson's" – which was done by some attendees Sony indeed that the songs were faked. The publication Hip Hop N More ran a headline on Thursday that said Sony "concedes in court they released fake Michael Jackson songs," and
Per Variety all the reports stem from the misunderstandings of the lawyer's hypothetical remark. "No one has conceded that Michael Jackson did not sing on the songs," Zia Modabber, a lawyer representing both Sony and the Jackson estate in the matter, said in a statement . "Sony has not been ruling on the issue of whether or not the first amendment has been made."
But Sony and Jackson's estate have been defending their original claim of authenticity with less enthusiasm than before. In December, the songs are fake – but if so, the label should not be liable for fraud, because they believed the producers' claims of authenticity. A court decision on the label's culpability is due within 90 days.