Posted on Mon Nov 1, 2010 03:20 PM PDT
After much anticipation, Sony is set to release a new CD of Michael Jackson tracks just in time for the holidays, unless complaints from the Jackson family stand in it's way.
Some members of the family believe that five songs recorded in 2007 feature an impostor. The dispute could potentially shelve the album and complicate the $250 million deal between Sony and the estate, which apparently has dozens of unreleased MJ songs stored in its vaults, according to reports.
A source close to the Jackson Family tells x17online exclusively:
- "Katherine says its not his voice, but the estate says its going to release the album anyway. The Cascios family built a studio in their home for Michael when he stayed with them in New Jersey back in 2007, and he did a lot of recordings while he was there. I think the Cascio's added what they wanted to Jackson's partially recorded tracks and took the material to Sony after he died. Michael left a lot of stuff behind and I think they are taking advantage of that. From what I am told these are partial tracks, but I don't believe they are completely Michael Jackson's vocals which is why the family is upset."
Jackson stayed in Dominick and Connie Cascio's private home in Franklin Lakes, N.J., from mid-August until he left for Los Angeles around November 7, 2007. Jackson met Dominick in the mid-'80s when he worked for the Helmsley Palace Hotel, and immediately became fast friends with the Cascios. When Jackson ended his stay at the family's home, he may have left the valuable recordings in question behind.
Despite the family's claims, Sony is so confident these vocals are authentic that they have brought in a forensic audiologists to confirm that they are indeed The King of Pop's voice. Prince and Paris, who were said to be with their father in New Jersey when the songs were recorded, have so been asked to verify the vocals, which they reportedly feel are not fully their father's voice.
Estate lawyer Howard Weitzman, who believes the vocals are Michael Jackson's, had experts listen to the tracks and concluded it is Michael's voice.
Calls to Michael Jackson's Sony Music's Columbia Epic Label Group have not been returned.
Will the Jackson Family's claims delay the holiday release of Michael Jackson's new album?
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