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Jackson album stirring controversy w/ family

November 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
With Michael Jackson still doing big business despite his death over a year ago, his soon-to-be released album is drawing skepticism as to whether it is really the King of Pop's voice or just a ploy to cash in on his commercial success.The audio teaser for the new song, "Breaking News," is posted on Jackson's official website. Sony Music said the track was originally recorded in 2007 by the pop star. It will be part of a new album set to be released in December.

But the members of the Jackson family, including his own children, say the songs on the album are fakes, sung by an impersonator. They also say Sony Music released the unfinished music against the pop star's wishes.

In a statement released Friday, Jackson family attorney Brian Oxman said, "He was asked year after year whether he would release the songs and he consistently said no. He did not feel they were finished products or up to his standards. Now that he is gone, these people that are in control have a lack of respect for his wishes and are releasing these songs against his wishes."

But Sony Music executives said they have proof Jackson recorded the songs, saying, "We have complete confidence in the results of our extensive research as well as the accounts of those who were in the studio with Michael that the vocals on the new album are his own."

The album, entitled simply, "Michael," is the latest commercial venture by his estate. The 2009 film, "This is It," was the highest grossing concert movie that year. A Jackson video game and even a Cirque du Soleil world tour dedicated to the King of Pop will be coming out soon too.


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