Record label puts out new material
Almost 18 months after Michael Jackson died from a heart attack as he prepared for a comeback tour, his record label, Sony, unveiled the first track from the singer, which it claims will be from an entire album of fresh material recorded, but never actually released, during his final years.
The debut song, 'Breaking News', is an attack on the media "who want to write my obituary" written in the aftermath of Jackson's various court cases.
It was apparently recorded in 2007 at the New Jersey home of producer Eddie Cascio, where the King of Pop and his children were living at the time.
Critics said it contained flashes of his old genius.
The song begins with snippets of news coverage, about the singer, before segueing into a complaint about reporters "stalking" him.
No sooner had the track been streamed on Jackson's official website, however, than Sony was forced to issue a statement denying that it had been "faked".
The label said it had "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 are his own."