Friday, June 21, 2024

Michael Jackson Estate Allegedly Pays Off Fans Who Sued Claiming Posthumous Songs Were Fake (Read the Original Story)


It’s come to this.

Way back on May 2, 2010 I reported exclusively that in the summer of 2007 Michael Jackson recorded vocals over songs written by family friend Eddie Cascio at his New Jersey home. The Estate accepted the vocals as genuine, and they were.

But crazy fans wouldn’t hear of it. So they filed a class action suit against the Estate that has dragged on for years. They ruined the album that three of the songs were included on, and poisoned everything around the recordings.

Two weeks ago, knowing a settlement was coming, the Estate pulled the songs off of streaming services. This seems to have been part of the settlement. I do not know if the Estate actually paid something to these warped fans. But today the settlement was announced. The Estate didn’t want to keep fighting with these people while they’ve got a hit Broadway show, a movie in development, and so on.

Poison is the right word here. These fans hated the Cascio family for being Michael’s surrogate family when he was alive. But Michael loved these people, there was no question about it. There’s also no question that he recorded the vocals on Eddie’s songs that he wrote with James Porte. I actually heard the songs with James’s original vocals a year earlier. They were very good songs. They still are. But now they’ve been forced into obscurity.

By the way, experts verified that the vocals were Michael’s. His security guards wrote in their book that they’d seen Michael working with Eddie Cascio in his basement studio. Even with all the accusations, no one has turned up saying they were the real singer, like a Jackson impersonator. The fans won’t accept that this is what Michael sounded like in 2007.

Here’s a link to the original story I wrote in 2010.

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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