No thriller: 'New’ Jackson song fiasco

2009-10-14 00:00

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s first single to be released since his June death descended into fiasco yesterday as it emerged that the track had been released in 1991 by an obscure Latin singer.

The singer’s estate also admitted that the track had been written and recorded in 1983 together by Jackson and singer and song writer Paul Anka, and agreed to give the crooner 50% of the copyright.

“They realise it’s a mistake, they realise it’s my song, they realise it’s my production of his vocal in my studio and I am getting 50% of the whole project, actually, which is fair,” said Anka in a video statement on the celebrity website TMZ.com

Anka (68) said that Jackson took the tapes from his studio after the pair had a fall-out in 1983, and their recording was never released. It was originally titled I Never Heard and both he and Jackson were credited as co-authors on its 1991 release by Puerto Rican singer Sa-Fire.

The Jackson estate confirmed that the “new” song had actually been written in 1983.

“The song was picked because the lyrics were appropriate because of the name Michael gave his tour,” the estate said, referring to the singer’s planned comeback tour, “This Is It”.

 

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