Michael Jackson single 'is genuine'
Michael Jackson's record label has insisted his new posthumous single is genuine in the face of family claims that the voice on it was someone else.
Breaking News is the first song from Jacko's postumous album, Michael, and is due out in December. Michael is the first album of unreleased Jackson material since the King of Pop's death in June 2009.
Epic Records, Jackson's label, said the star not only co-wrote the song in 2007 but also co-produced it with Eddie Cascio and James Porte.
It made its debut on michaeljackson.com on Monday.
"When I heard these songs, my heart cried hearing Michael again in good spirits. The vocals sounded very polished, very on key and processed. I have no doubts that these are Michael's vocals," Jackson's long-time producer, Teddy Riley, said.
But Jackson's nephews, Taryll, Taj and TJ Jackson, said on Twitter this week that their uncle's voice isn't the one featured on the song.
"I KNOW my Uncle's voice and something's seriously wrong when you have immediate FAMILY saying it's not him," wrote Taryl. "Don't you have to wonder why? I have strong, undeniable points. They can't give me answers, yet continue to move forward with lies and deception. Sounding like Michael Jackson and BEING Michael Jackson are two different things."
Michael Jackson's brother Jackie also took to Twitter this week, and while he did not call the song a fraud, he did voice concerns.
"My friend John McClain (co-executor) and I have insisted for many weeks to have certain tracks removed from Michael's new album," wrote Jackson about McClain, who is co-executor of Jackson's estate. "Unfortunately, our concerns were not taken seriously."
But Riley said he had the family's support on the production of the album.