Sony Admits They Released Fake Michael Jackson Songs on Posthumous Album

A court has determined that three songs released on Michael Jackson's first posthumous album, 2010's Michael, were not performed by the late King of Pop at all. And Sony Music, who released the album, conceded that the songs were indeed fake.

Upon the record's release, some die hard Jackson fans thought a few of the songs didn't quite sound like Jackson. In 2014, a fan named Vera Serova brought a Class Action lawsuit that claimed Sony and a production company, Angelikson Productions LLC, created fake songs and passed them off as genuine Michael Jackson songs. 

A forensic audiologist wrote a 41-page research paper analyzing the songs in question and concluded that three songs, "Keep Your Head Up," "Monster," and "Breaking News" were not sung by Jackson.

Serova also claimed that Sony and the production company involved in the album were destroying evidence that would prove the songs were fake, failing to produce alternate takes of the three songs, saying they had been "accidentally deleted."

Sony claims they were duped, as Angelikson presented the songs to them as genuine Jackson recordings and took their word for it. Sony ultimately conceded that the three songs were indeed fake. 

Michael has had its share of other controversies beforehand. The alleged imposter who recorded vocals for the three fake tracks, Eddie Cascio, apparently admitted back in 2011 that he had in fact recorded the songs, not Jackson, but later claimed his social media accounts were "hacked."

In the album credits for the album, Dave Grohl is listed as the drummer for "(I Can't Make It) Another Day," to which he claims he had no involvement with the recording of. Grohl says Lenny Kravitz had asked him to play on the song and he agreed to, but neither Kravitz or Jackson followed up to make it happen. Grohl says that it's "not cool."

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