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Michael Jackson producer Teddy Riley called in to an Atlanta radio station last night and told as much as he could about the making of “Breaking News” and other new Jackson tracks.

Among other things,  Riley says Jackson estate co-executor John McClain “challenged” him on the recordings for the new album. “Now all of a sudden it’s not Michael’s voice because his [McClain's] songs didn’t make it.” Riley says McClain wanted him on the project just so his own name–McClain’s–would be associated with Riley’s. Yikes.

Riley also revealed he hasn’t been paid for his work, still has no contract, and took just five hours to remix “Breaking News.”

He also said that a Jackson duets album is in the works, mixing newer artists with old Jackson vocal performances.

Move the cursor under the video to around 1:37 where the conversation gets interesting.

Riley also says, enigmatically: “There’s been a conspiracy from A to Z.”

20 replies to this post
  1. KAT Says about my post:You should read up on your facts. It is not “McClain’s people” that have convinced the children it is not their father, it is the Jackson family that did that.

    Kat,my remark was based on Roger’s article of November 4th and I quote:
    “Yesterday I was told there was no deal brokered yet between all the fractious parties in the Jackson camp. Co executor John McClain was still claiming that the vocals on some of the tracks weren’t Michael’s.”

    Kat, where are your facts????

  2. G Rivera Says:

    November 9th, 2010 at 5:46 pm
    I believe Teddy is telling the truth. A true MJ fan knows Michaels’s voice. MJ’s life was a circus and the circus continues. The saddest part is that McClain’s people have convinced the children that it’s not their father for their own greed.

    You should read up on your facts. It is not “McClain’s people” that have convinced the children it is not their father, it is the Jackson family that did that. McClain and Sony have gone to extraordinary measures to prove that it is indeed Michael Jackson.

  3. AWESOME SONG!!! Teddy Riley is a professional and his excellent mixing skills are evident on this track. Did I hear Teddy has produced 5 tracks on the new CD? By the way which I will purchase the day it drops. Breaking News is reminiscent of the previous Riley, Jackson collaboration Remember The Time. To Mr. Riley and who-sen-ever else were instrumental in composing Breaking News; this one is a hit!!!!!!!!! Hey Michael

  4. I agree with those who have said it sounds like Teddy took only 5 hours to remix Breaking News. It sounds awful. I fully believe it’s MJ’s voice but the production sounds terrible.

  5. the general problem is that people haven’t heard a new Michael Jackson track for a decade by now on the radio. The way Sony and the estate acts with all of this shows that the myth that MJ left “hundreds of complete songs behind” cannot be proven. MJ seems to have worked only sporadically in the last decade and even those tracks that have been found (Cascio family) had been left incomplete by MJ. Otherwise why all this struggle by first having to have forensic evidence that it is MJs voice and the tracks and then having to complete those tracks with a group of selected and warring producers? Quite a hoopla and a drama indeed……

  6. Thinking logically, it is fact that MJ recorded music with the Cascios. So why is there a need to fake vocals ?? Surely there are complete MJ vocals there on some song/s. So why use fake vocals ? Makes no sense.

  7. This all makes me ill – why is any of this happening – Michael is not here to make it right….I also am in defense for T. Riley because he volunteered to try to salvage a messed up song after they ripped Michael’s demo apart.

  8. Why don’t folks just let this man (MJ) rest. Lord have mercy. He’s left enough music for people to enjoy, let’s just enjoy that. If he’d wanted this other stuff released, he would have done it. He was an amazing musician but a terribly sad man because of folks who just wanted to use him for their own selfish ends. Also, because he absolutely didn’t like the way he looked to the point of disfiguring himself with plastic surgery. I pray that he is at rest now.

  9. I believe Teddy is telling the truth. A true MJ fan knows Michaels’s voice. MJ’s life was a circus and the circus continues. The saddest part is that McClain’s people have convinced the children that it’s not their father for their own greed. Paris and Prince…welcome to the Encino nut house.

  10. Hey…if 2000 Watts was released today, everyone would swear up and down that it was not Michael’s vocals but we know they are…Michael was always playing with his voice on record so how can one say it is def not Michael’s voice.

  11. teddy is a robot….so sad…lol at roger sayin a “few” crazy mj fans are destroryin this project…its not mike on the coscio tracks plain and simple….what u dont understand is we support out of LOVE….the vision dvd set???thats all on youtube free…one more chance will be there shortly….we buy outta LOVE….this album???its easy as heck to bootleg….we buy out of LOVE….THERE ACTING LIKE THIS IS 91 AND WE HAVE TO BUY IT TO HEAR (rf i edited because i know you dont like cursing)

  12. maybe good old Teddy worked on a real track but in his back McClain put fakes vocals and released it like that. Who knows, some crazy stuff goin on here.

  13. [quote]..and took just five hours to remix “Breaking News.”[/quote]

    And boy can you ever tell!!! Michael would have gently sent him back to the drawing board… with love, L.O.V.E.

    What a repulsive way to dishonor Michael’s musical legacy.

  14. Teddy is trying to defend himself which he should. At this point there is too much controversy surrounding this song and any other song associatied with the Cascios. They will need to prove that MJ was singing on this track.

    “Riley also revealed he…took just five hours to remix “Breaking News.”

    Yeah and it shows.

  15. It only took five hours to remix Breaking News? It shows!!!!
    If that’s what we’re going to get on the new album, it would be much better if you-all would leave Michael’s stuff the heck alone. It’s crazy to take something he knew had no potential and overblow it now, when the producers haven’t a clue as to what his vision was for a particular song. It’s like when a famous author dies and the only thing they can find is a vague outline of some future work, and then they try to build it into a bestseller. The spirit and vision died with the author–as, in this case, it left with Michael. The light has gone elsewhere, leaving us in the dark.

  16. Im also totally convinced that john mc clain and even 3T are just jealous, cause none of their work has been used. In the case of 3T, Michael didnt even want to work with them anymore…
    They now badmouth these tracks from jersey when in reality all exprets agree, its 100 % MJ.

    Thanks roger for posting the video link…

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