Michael Jackson controversy: Estate cites proof that he sang 'Breaking News'

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From Entertainment Weekly:

When “Breaking News,” the first single from Michael Jackson’s posthumous album Michael, hit the Web this week, some fans immediately began questioning whether it really featured Jackson’s vocals. Now a lawyer for the late King of Pop’s estate has responded to the rumors with a detailed account of the evidence that “Breaking News” is legit.

In a letter sent to a fan and subsequently published online today, attorney Howard Weitzman says the estate contacted a long list of producers, engineers, and other collaborators who had worked with Jackson in his lifetime. All of them, he says, agreed that “Breaking News” and two other songs from the same 2007 sessions were indeed sung by Jackson. The estate and Sony Music also hired two forensic musicologists to compare the a cappella recordings with other known examples of Jackson’s voice. They, too, certified the tracks. Finally, the letter states that Jackson soundalike Jason Malachi told the estate he had nothing to do with these songs.

“Sony decided that, given the overwhelming objective evidence resulting from the exhaustive investigations outlined above, they wanted to release a record that included three of [the 2007 recordings]—because they believed, without reservation, that the lead vocal on all of those tracks were sung by Michael Jackson,” Weitzman writes.

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