Monday, June 17, 2024

UPDATE: Michael Jackson Estate Settles “Fake Vocals” Lawsuit, No Money Exchanged, Say Sources


This is to update my earlier story from last night.

Sources tell me no money was exchanged in the settlement of the class action law suit brought by fans who didn’t believe Michael Jackson sang the vocals on “the Cascio songs.”

These were songs recorded by Michael in the summer of 2007 at the home of his friends, the Cascios, in New Jersey. Eddie Cascio and his friend James Porte wrote and recorded the songs with Porte’s vocals. Then when Michael and his family came to visit the Cascios, Michael re-recorded the lead vocals.

A few ardent fans who resented the Cascios refused to believe Michael recorded the vocals, and sued the Estate. Vocal experts testified that it was Michael’s voice. Michael’s manager, Frank DiLeo, also believed it, and so did most of the inner circle. But the fans persisted, and poisoned the release of an album containing three of the songs.

Now the Estate has settled the lawsuit to get rid of it. I’m told no one money was paid to the fans. Their satisfaction was realized in having the three songs removed streaming services. It’s unclear if the songs can be removed from the existing CDs of “Michael.” Also, there are at least seven other recordings. I’m glad I heard them back in 2010, when I first announced their existence. For other Michael Jackson fans, their censoring is unfortunate. A few people who manipulated the system have denied the larger Jackson fan base to decide on their own.

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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