Dear Fans

As the Michael album was being put together, it was decided to bring Teddy Riley on board to work on several songs, including “Breaking News,” a song Michael recorded with Eddie Cascio and James Porte in late 2007 while living at the Cascio family home with his children. Riley produced and submitted “Breaking News” to Sony for inclusion on the album. At that time, no one ever mentioned that the vocals we heard on the Cascio songs, which were basically in demo format, might not be Michael. It was known, however, that the background vocals were a combination of Michael and James Porte.

After the tracks were submitted to Sony, three of these Cascio songs were selected to be on the album, and “Breaking News” was one of the three. The day after the submission and selection of the album tracks, for the very first time, the authenticity of Michael’s vocals on the Cascio tracks was questioned.

Because of these questions, I was immediately asked by co-Executors John Branca and John McClain to conduct an investigation regarding the authenticity of the lead vocals on the Cascio tracks.

Six of Michael’s former producers and engineers who had worked with Michael over the past 30 years - Bruce Swedien, Matt Forger, Stewart Brawley, Michael Prince, Dr. Freeze and Teddy Riley - were all invited to a listening session to hear the raw vocals of the Cascio tracks in question. All of these persons listened to the a cappella versions of the vocals on the Cascio tracks being considered for inclusion on the album, so they could give an opinion as to whether or not the lead vocals were sung by Michael. They all confirmed that the vocal was definitely Michael.

Michael’s musical director and piano player on many of his records over a 20-year period, Greg Phillinganes, played on a Cascio track being produced for the album, and said the voice was definitely Michael’s. Dorian Holley, who was Michael’s vocal director for his solo tours for 20 plus years (including the O2 Concert Tour) and is seen in the This Is It film, listened to the Cascio tracks and told me the lead vocal was Michael Jackson.

These are all engineers, producers and musicians who worked on tours and/or in the studio with Michael when he was recording Bad, Thriller, Off The Wall, Dangerous, Invincible, HIStory and Blood On The Dance Floor, and they all reconfirmed their belief that the lead vocals were Michael’s voice on the Cascio tracks.

The Estate then retained one of the best-known forensic musicologists in the nation to listen to the vocals without any instrumental accompaniment (“a cappella”), and to compare them with a cappella vocals from previous Michael songs. This expert performed waveform analysis, an objective scientific test used to determine audio authenticity, on the Cascio tracks, as well as previously released tracks with Michael’s voice, and reported that ALL of the lead vocals analyzed (which included Cascio tracks) were the voice of Michael Jackson.

Sony Music conducted their own investigation by hiring yet a second well-respected forensic musicologist who also compared the a cappella lead vocals from Cascio tracks against previously released vocals of Michael's, and found that Michael’s voice was the on all sets of the raw vocals. The Cascio tracks were also played for two very prominent persons in the music industry who played crucial roles in Michael’s career. Both of these individuals believed that the lead vocals were Michael’s.

Just to be absolutely certain, I also contacted Jason Malachi, a young singer who some persons had wrongfully alleged was a “soundalike” singer that was hired to sing on the Cascio tracks, and I confirmed that he had no involvement with this project whatsoever.

Sony decided that, given the overwhelming objective evidence resulting from the exhaustive investigations outlined above, they wanted to release a record that included three of the Cascio-Porte tracks - because they believed, without reservation, that the lead vocal on all of those tracks were sung by Michael Jackson.

Although there still seem to be concerns being expressed in some quarters about the authenticity of the lead vocals, notwithstanding the opinion of those who worked with Michael, and two independent forensic analysts, ultimately, Michael’s fans will be the judges of these songs, as they always are. We take all fan comments very seriously, and as I’d stated above, there is nothing more important to the Estate than Michael’s music, his legacy and his fans.

Michael’s fans are extraordinary in their quest for accuracy and their passions to raise their voices in a search for truth! We join with them in our care and concern for Michael. We are continuing to follow up with those who have worked in the studio or on tours with Michael, and if any new information comes to light, we will keep you and the fans advised.


Thanks,

Howard


Howard Weitzman, Esq.
Attorney for the Estate Of Michael Jackson
Santa Monica, CA


2010年11月11日- 邁克爾·傑克遜遺產管理公司(Michael Jackson Estate)今天就近日因“流行音樂之王”新歌《爆炸新聞》(Breaking News)而引發的爭議作出正式聲明

親愛的歌迷們,

隨著《邁克爾》(Michael)專輯日漸成型,特迪·瑞利(Teddy Riley)被邀請進來為一些歌曲加工,其中就包括這首邁克爾和艾迪·卡西歐(Eddie Cascio)、詹姆斯·波特(James Porte)2007年底在卡西歐家錄製的《爆炸新聞》(Breaking News),當時邁克爾和孩子們都住在卡西歐家。瑞利製作了這首歌,並把它交由索尼放在專輯中。當時,沒人向我們提起過在卡西歐錄製的樣帶上聽到的聲音可能不是邁克爾的。可是,我們清楚背景合聲是邁克爾和詹姆斯·波特共同的混合。

當歌曲提交給索尼後,有三首卡西歐的歌曲被選擇放在專輯中,《爆炸新聞》就是其中之一。歌曲選好後的第二天,邁克爾在卡西歐歌曲裡聲音的真實性第一次遭到質疑。

鑑於這些質疑,遺產管理公司的執行人約翰·布蘭卡(John Branca)和約翰·麥克萊恩(John McClain)當即要求我對卡西歐歌曲主聲部分的真實性進行調查。

六位曾與邁克爾一起工作超過30年的製作人和錄音師—— 布魯斯·斯維迪恩(Bruce Swedien)、馬特·佛格(Matt Forger)、斯圖爾特·布勞利(Stewart Brawley)、邁克爾·普林斯(Michael Prince)、“冰凍博士”(Dr. Freeze)和特迪·瑞利——被邀請來試聽了有問題的卡西歐歌曲的原始聲音。所有人聽了會被考慮收錄在專輯中的卡西歐歌曲的無伴奏清唱版本,這樣他們可以對主音部分是否是邁克爾本人給出觀點。他們都確認裡面的聲音絕對是邁克爾的。

過去20多年間擔任邁克爾眾多唱片的音樂總監和鋼琴師的葛雷格·菲林金斯(Greg Phillinganes)也說這就是邁克爾的聲音,他這次為一首卡西歐歌曲彈奏了鋼琴。邁克爾20年來個人巡演的聲音總監(也是去年O2體育館演唱會的聲音指導,在《就是這樣》影片中可以見到他的身影)多里安·荷利(Dorian Holley)聽了這些卡西歐歌曲,也告訴我這些主音就是邁克爾本人的。

所有這些和邁克爾·傑克遜在巡演上以及在《真棒》(Bad)、《顫栗》(Thriller)、《瘋狂》(Off The Wall)、《危險》(Dangerous)、《無敵》(Invincible)、《他的歷史》(HIStory)和《赤色風暴》(Blood On The Dance Floor)等專輯中合作過的錄音工程師、製作人和音樂人都確認,卡西歐歌曲上的主音就是邁克爾本人的。

遺產公司然後找到了一位美國國內最有名的法庭音樂鑑別學家來聆聽未帶任何樂器伴奏的歌聲(清唱),然後將它們與邁克爾以前的清唱聲音相比較。這位專家進行了波形分析(一種用來判別聲音真偽的客觀科學測試手段)後報告稱,所有的分析材料(包括卡西歐的曲目)中的主音都出自邁克爾·傑克遜。

索尼音樂公司也進行了他們自己的調查,僱傭了另一位美國國內最有影響的法庭音樂鑑別學家。在對比了卡西歐曲目中的清唱主音和邁克爾以前發行的歌后,他發現在所有的原始人聲中都有邁克爾的的聲音。兩位曾經在邁克爾的職業生涯中扮演了重要角色的唱片業界著名大人物也聆聽了卡西歐曲目,他們都分別相信主音就是邁克爾。

為了保證萬無一失,我還聯繫了傑森·馬拉奇(Jason Malachi),這位年輕歌手被錯誤地指控為雇來演唱卡西歐曲目的“聲音模仿者”。我確認了他與這個項目沒有任何關聯。

鑑於以上竭盡資源進行調查所得出的壓倒性的客觀證據,索尼公司決定發行這張包含了三首卡西歐和波特的歌的唱片——因為他們毫無保留地相信,所有這些曲目上的主音都是由邁克爾·傑克遜所唱。

儘管依然有人對這首歌裡領唱部分的聲音有疑問,儘管那些和邁克爾工作過的人以及兩個獨立的鑑定專家已經給出了意見,但最終,邁克爾的歌迷才是這些歌曲真正的裁判,就如他們一直以來那樣。我們非常認真地對待了所有歌迷的評論,正如我之前陳述的那樣,對於遺產公司來說,沒有什麼比邁克爾的音樂、遺產和他的歌迷更重要的了。

邁克爾的歌迷們求真求準的熱情很了不起!我們和他們一樣都關心關懷邁克爾。我們將繼續和那些曾在錄音室里或巡演上和邁克爾工作的人員保持聯繫,一有新消息,我們會通知你們和歌迷們。

謝謝,
霍華德

霍華德·維茲曼
邁克爾·傑克遜遺產管理公司代表律師
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(來源:邁克爾·傑克遜遺產管理公司/ 霍華德·維茲曼/ MJJCommunity / MJJCN.com)

(翻譯:Badthriller,stroller,Keen,Pang Li )
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