By now you'll likely have heard that Epic Records (a subsidiary of Sony Music) are to release the first posthumous collection of previously unreleased music by Michael Jackson. The album, entitled 'Michael' is due for release on December 10th and utilizes vocals Jackson recorded before his death in June of last year.
However, the release is shrouded in controversy as members of Jackson's family, including his mother Katherine and two eldest children, have reportedly come out against the album, saying that the vocals are fake.
'Breaking News', the first track to be released from the album, is now streaming online. The songs was originally recorded in New Jersey in 2007 while the singer holidayed with friends and the Cascio family. Canada's CTV News has quoted Katherine Jackson as saying that "the Cascios have added some things and given the Sony corporation false tracks."
Sony have since responded to these allegations with a statement saying that the company has "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".
Other members of the Jackson family are also sceptical about the legitimacy of the new tracks. Tarryl Jackson has suggested that the track uses a soundalike, while TJ Jackson, who was present when the vocals were recorded, claimed via Twitter that the new song was guilty of "deceptively merging shady vocals with MJ samples". TJ's most recent post adds, "here are songs that ARE my uncle singing on the upcoming album and I will support those 100% But I will not support "Breaking News" and a few others because it simply is not him. They tried to fool me and they tried to fool you. I told them it would never happen."
Decide for yourself by listening to 'Breaking News' over at http://breakingnews.michaeljackson.com/. It will only stream for one week from today so you'd better be quick about it!