Three Michael Jackson songs have been removed from streaming platforms following longstanding claims that the singer sang the songs but it was done by someone else, Sony and the late singer’s estate said Wednesday.
The Songs, “Breaking News,” “Monster” and “Keep Your Head Up” appear on the 2010 compilation album “Michael,” released a year after Jackson’s death from a drug-induced cardiac arrest.
The record company and Jackson’s estate said, that they had however decided to remove the songs “as the simplest and best way to move beyond the conversation associated with these tracks once and for all.”
They added in their joint statement that the removal had nothing to do with whether the songs were authentic.
“Nothing should be read into this action concerning the authenticity of the tracks — it is just time to move beyond the distraction surrounding them,” they said.
Sony and Jackson’s estate added that the seven other tracks on “Michael” would remain available.
On its release in December 2010, “Michael” was billed as containing unreleased songs that were “recently completed using music from the original vocal tracks and music created by the credited producers.”
Micheal Jackson is supposed to have written and recorded them with producers Edward Cascio and James Porte in 2007.