11/11/10

Attorney for Michael Jackson's estate releases a statement regarding new song




Harry Weitzman (attorney of Michael Jackson's estate), releases a statement on the authenticity of the vocals on "MJ's" new song Breaking News. He says the vocals on the track is indeed that of Michael, and he had several producers who has worked with Michael over the course of 30 years, to weigh in and give their opinion....and they all agreed it is Michael. Read the statement BS below:

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

Many of Michael's most dedicated fans (such as myself) beg to differ. Even his own family has denies the vocals are Michael. Many are saying that the vocals on Breaking News is not that of Michael, but someone by the name of {{Jason Malachi}}. While we will believe that some of the background vocals are Michael, the lead vocals, not so much. Whomever it is on lead vocals, does not have the grit and conviction in their voice Michael has. Many think the head huntchers over at Sony, are deceiving the fans, and the public.


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Diva78 soundsoff:

---They need to go ahead and stop this right now. Who do they think they are fooling? That is not MJ. And if Teddy Riley co-signed on that lie, I question his loyalty to Michael. They ought to be ashamed of themselves, for trying to make money off his name, by using someone else vocals. The only way I would EVER believe that....that is MJ, is if God came down from the heavens and told me himself ---
Yeah Right...Whateva!!



 

CeCe Winans show Whitney support




Gospel greatness CeCe Winans, offers her love to Ms Whitney Houston. In a recent interview, read below:



US - CeCe Winans remains close friends with Whitney Houston years after "Count On Me".

Grammy Award winning R&B/Gospel star Cece Winans says she continues to count Whitney Houston as a friend and "awesome" performer, years after their unforgettable duet, "Count On me".

"She’s awesome. She’s still my friend and my sister who I love very much and Count on Me is still a great song that people love to listen to and they’re still playing it. It was really a great experience and great opportunity for me," Winans said of Houston in a recent interview.

While it has been rumored but remains unclear if Houston will reprise her role in the follow up to the blockbuster film, 'Waiting To Exhale,' which birthed their collaboration, Winans seems ready and willing to work with the diva again.

"I love her and I’m praying for her. You know, I think she understands how much so many people – how much they love her as far as the country, all of her fans and so we’re just praying for her that God will continue to touch her and continue to make her whole because she’s a very special, special person," Winans told Chris Yandek of CY Interview. "You know, you hear the voice and the voice yes it’s like none other, it’s
incredible, but the person is more incredible than the voice.”

Winans along with her brother, BeBe Winans, was recently nominated for several Stellar Awards, including nods for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.

The Stellar Awards take Place January 15 in Nashville, TN.

Whitney and CeCe has been friends for over 20 years, their duet together Count On Me from the Waiting To Exhale Soundtrack, is one of the best duets of all time




 


Now come on Nippy, and give us some updates!!

Mariah fails to deliver with 'Merry Christmas II You'

Photo courtesy of MariahCarey.com



Mariah's latest effort, Merry Christmas II You, is the sequel to her 1994 smash-hit Christmas album Merry Christmas. Believe me when I tell you, it is far from the gem of her first X-Mas CD. Going in listening to the album with an open ear, I was a little disappointed.

I knew from hearing the album's first single Oh Santa, that the rest to follow would not live up to the hype she was pounding down our throats, but I had some hopes for Mariah coming off of a major flop album. Full of copy/paste vocals, layered vocals, chipmunk-like whistle notes (unreal), mixing old vocals with her current modern vocals, heavy whispering and strained belting,  Merry Christmas II You is a mess. Mrs. Carey also hyped up her long awaited duet with her mother (Patricia Carey) titled, O Come All Ye Faithful / Hallelujah Chorus but came off more as "Mariah feat Patricia Carey" than it was a duet. Patricia Carey's vocals seemed pasted in, and it was just a very low quality offering.


I would have done a rundown song by song, but it is all pretty much the same in all the songs...a whisper, transitioned into strained belting, and then back into whispering. However, there is a gem on the album titled One Child, where Mariah is backed up by a children's choir. It is the only song on the album that feels like Christmas, and the only song we feel isn't as low-quality far as vocals goes. With all that said, the production on the album is top notch.

Here is the tracklisting for Merry Christmas II You:

1. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Intro)
2. Oh Santa!
3. O Little Town of Bethlehem / Little Drummer Boy Medley
4. Christmas Time Is In The Air Again
5. The First Noel / Born is the King (Interlude)
6. When Christmas Comes
7. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / Housetop Celebration
8. Charlie Brown Christmas
9. O Come All Ye Faithful / Hallelujah Chorus feat. Patricia Carey
10. O Holy Night – Live from WPC in South Central Los Angeles
11. One Child
12. All I Want for Christmas is You – Extra Festive
13. Auld Lang Syne – The New Year’s Anthem


Merry Christmas II You debuted on Billboard top 200 charts, selling only 55k in its first week, a far cry from success. An artist of Mariah's caliber, with well over 3 million followers on Twitter, could not even scan 100k. Her last album Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel, (September 2009) did not even sell 1 million copies worldwide.

Mariah's 1st week debut:


2 1 TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW 319701 1366441
1 2 JASON ALDEAN MY KINDA PARTY 192973 192998
3 3 SUGARLAND INCREDIBLE MACHINE 59948 351356
1 4 MARIAH CAREY MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU 55447 55490
6 5 LIL WAYNE I AM NOT A HUMAN BEING 44850 410936
3 6 KINGS OF LEON COME AROUND SUNDOWN 40386 292550
21 7 EMINEMRECOVERY 37646 2936266
1 8 NEIL DIAMOND DREAMS 34639 34837
1 9 BRAD PAISLEY HITS ALIVE 30845 30862
3 10 ELTON JOHN & LEON RUSSELL UNION 26678 143628
3 11 ROD STEWART FLY ME TO THE MOON: THE GREAT 25676 135620
6 12 KENNY CHESNEY HEMINGWAY'S WHISKEY 23237 361327
11 13 KATY PERRY TEENAGE DREAM 22991 550849
4 14 DARIUS RUCKER CHARLESTON, SC 1966 22159 186962
4 15 THE BAND PERRY BAND PERRY 21063 122162
8 16 TREY SONGZ PASSION PAIN & PLEASURE 20563 471979
4 17 LADY ANTEBELLUM MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS 20436 58831
33 18 JUSTIN BIEBER MY WORLD 2.0 20392 1943399
38 19 MUMFORD & SONS SIGH NO MORE


Mariah's fans are praying for the album to have a spike during the holiday season. Here is her latest music video Oh Santa


 


Here's to hoping a new child gives Mariah a new lease on life, and hopefully she can put out quality material like she did in the early 90s.
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