The King of Pop proved that even in death, he was still the king. Michael Jackson’s estate was the largest grossing estate of any dead celebrity in 2010, according to Forbes magazine. And he’ll get a good jump on 2011 as well when his first post-mortem studio album is released before Christmas 2010. Sony Entertainment released a teaser a few days ago, and like anything associated with Jackson in the past couple decades, the official promo teaser on MichaelJackson.com came complete with a controversy.
Some, according to TMZ, are saying that the scream heard in the Sony teaser isn’t Michael Jackson at all.
The teaser lasts for 42 seconds. It begins with a barrage of news anchors and reporters talking about the latest Michael Jackson story, scandal, controversy — all “Breaking News.” The images build into the beginning strains of music, then a distant scream can be heard.
And that is it.
From the snippet of sound has emerged another controversy over whether or not the scream heard is actually the patented sound of Michael Jackson or a very realistic impostor. TMZ reported that members of Jackson’s own family doubt the authenticity of the five songs on the new album. The songs in question were supposedly recorded at the home of record producer Eddie Cascio in New Jersey in 2007.
TMZ says Prince, Michael Jackson’s oldest son, says he remembers when the songs were recorded but the new songs do not sound like the ones his father worked on. They also report that daughter Paris is “adamant” that the voice on the new tracks is not her father’s.
The estate attests to the authenticity of the tracks and have had sound experts verify that the vocals were indeed those of Michael Jackson. According to TMZ, they believe that the children are being manipulated by Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother. It is not the first time the Michael Jackson Family Trust (the estate) and Katherine Jackson have been at odds.
Not only has the estate fought Katherine Jackson over the validity of Michael Jackson’s last will, they have also been dragged into court on several occasions for various legal wranglings over songs and monetary disbursements.
But are the songs really those of Michael Jackson or someone else? It has been reported that there are at least a few hundred Jackson demos and recordings that have yet to be released. There does not seem to be much reason to release material that could be questionable when so much other material was readily available. Still, the controversy cannot hurt, sparking interest in the King of Pop once again just before the release of the album.
The new album, “Michael,” will contain 10-12 tracks. It is scheduled to drop on December 14. “Breaking News,” which is the song from which the teaser was pulled, will debut on November 8.
Watch and listen to the video teaser from Michael Jackson’s upcoming album. Decide for yourself: Is it Michael or is it someone else?
“Michael Jackson’s New Song — Mystery Scream,” TMZ.com
“New Michael Jackson Tracks — Real or Phony?”, TMZ.com