A fan of Michael Jackson set out to discover the truth about a 2010 album titled "Michael" released by Sony Music Entertainment after suspicions arose about the music's validity. In 2014, a fan kickstarted an investigation that called into question whether Sony had faked some of the tracks on the Michael album. Three years later, Sony Music Entertainment admitted to not just releasing fake songs but selling them on the album.
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The songs in question were on the 2010 posthumous release of the album Michael and include, "Monster," "Keep Your Head Up," and "Breaking News." Now, court documents obtained by Karen Civil reveal details about the lawsuit filed by the fan who started the investigation, Vera Servoa. The civil suit accuses Jackson's longtime friends Eddie Cascio, James Victor Porte, and his production company, Angelikson Productions LLC of selling the "counterfeit" tunes through Sony and the Jackson estate.
The documents revealed Cascio and Porte initially tried to explain that the songs were recorded in Cascio's basement in 2007 before Jackson's death. The Jackson family and Serova denied the claims that the songs were recorded by Michael Jackson. They did agree that while they sound like Michael Jackson, they are certain that he did not record them. At a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court, Serova testified that they were actually recorded by a Michael Jackson impersonator by the name of Jason Malachi.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Good to see Sony concede what every MJ fan already knew: several of the “new” songs on the first posthumous Michael Jackson release were obvious fakes. Worse, they didn’t concede the obvious until forced into admitting it by this lawsuit. <a href="https://t.co/R2fl726n5l">https://t.co/R2fl726n5l</a></p>— Anil Dash (@anildash) <a href="https://twitter.com/anildash/status/1032845165759787008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 24, 2018</a></blockquote>
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As a result of Serova's testimony, Sony Music Entertainment confessed that it had released the fake songs. It is not clear if there will be any civil damages for fans or Jackson's estate over the sale of fake tunes. It is also unclear if Sony will face any criminal charges or fines at this time.
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