Thursday, June 13, 2024

TMZ, Jackson Secret Vault Back off their “New” Song


Well, well.

TMZ and have backed off their claim of a “new” Michael Jackson song on their respective websites.

Howard Mann, who owns jacksonsecretvault, has put an admonition on the clip of “Destiny Remix” now called “Opis None” saying that the song is not a “gift from Katherine Jackson to the fans.” She didn’t even know about it.

This is all because I revealed the huge embarrassment of what they’d done on Saturday morning. Of course, TMZ–for whom I’ve got a bridge to sell and free VIP elevator passes for the Statue of Liberty–wouldn’t ever report what really happened here. And they’re laying it all on Mann. They don’t concede that they never checked the facts.


And so: on to the real album of unreleased songs, “Michael,” on December 14th.

PS The Hollywood Reporter’s new “kick ass” music section is still reporting that “Opis None” is new. Wake up!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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