What you are looking at above are two German Michael Jackson impersonators. That’s probably not exactly a shock to you, but it turns out those fake Michael Jacksons might be about as real as some of the Michael Jackson music Sony has been releasing in the nine years since his death.
According to VIBE, a year after Michael Jackson died in 2009, Sony released the posthumous album Michael. It was the first release of new Michael Jackson material since Invincible in 2001. Great news for Michael Jackson fans. The only problem is, one Michael Jackson fan named Vera Servoa got a bit suspicious that the voice they were hearing on three of the album’s tracks weren’t MJ’s voice at all.
In 2014, Vera launched her own investigation into the voice behind the songs Monster, Keep Your Head Up, and Breaking News. For example, here’s Keep Your Head Up.
I’m not an expert, but it sounds like Michael Jackson to me, or at least Michael Jackson with a hummingbird fluttering against his voice box, which would explain why his voice is so wiggly. Vera believed she had enough evidence of a conspiracy and she filed a civil suit, accusing Michael’s longtime friends Eddie Cascio, James Victor Porte, and his production company, Angelikson Productions LLC, of creating and selling music through Sony and the Jackson estate. Sony shot back, saying that they had “complete confidence” that the vocals on all the tracks “were his own.” But still, the fight went on.
Sources recently told VIBE that Vera Serova, with the Jackson family’s support, had testified in Los Angeles Superior Court that the three songs were recorded by an impersonator named Jason Malachi. The same sources claim that Sony agreed, that the songs weren’t recorded by Michael Jackson at all. However, according to Sony Music, those sources are wrong, and they never said such a thing. A lawyer for Sony released the following statement:
“No one has conceded that Michael Jackson did not sing on the songs. The hearing Tuesday was about whether the First Amendment protects Sony Music and the Estate and there has been no ruling on the issue of whose voice is on the recordings.”
You might be saying that Detective La Toya should get on the case, but it sounds like she might also be suspicious of the voice in the songs. In 2010, La Toya told TMZ that it didn’t sound like her brother. Katherine Jackson, as well as Prince and Paris Jackson, also didn’t think it was MJ. And that says nothing of the authenticity of Michael’s second posthumous album, Xscape.
This is also tricky for Sony, as Michael Jackson has made an insane amount of money after his death. In 2015, it was reported the Jackson estate had made $2 billion off Michael since his death six years earlier.
Unless that alleged Michael Jackson impersonator comes forward and testifies under oath that he’s been a smooth criminal and definitely remembers the time he sat down at the mic and committed recording fraud, I don’t know how this will be solved. Maybe they can bring in Bubbles the Chimp. No one knows Michael’s voice better than Bubbles. If you play those songs for Bubbles, and Bubbles responds by looking confused while scratching his butt, you’ve got a closed case.