Michael Jackson’s brother Randy has waded into the row over the late singer’s posthumous album Michael.
The Jackson sibling took to Twitter last night to unleash his fury and questioned the authenticity of the upcoming album, and insists his brother’s vocals do not feature on all of the songs.
“Some of the songs are him, and some aren’t,” he wrote. “I would bet my life on that. I know this may seem harsh, but this is the truth, as I know it.”
In a series of tweets, Randy also took aim at the executors of his brother’s estate as well as Sony, which signed a $250 million deal to release the recordings.
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“The family and the executers of the estate, [John] Branca and [John] McClain are not on the same page,” he wrote.
“I became suspicious about the album, when I heard armed guards were involved since my brother’s passing, may he rest in peace. John McClain insisted that no family members were allowed at his studio where the project was being completed. My first thought was, what are they trying to hide?”
“After this Sony deal was inked, McClain went to work putting together the first album,” he continued. “Calling all over the place looking for music with my brother’s voice on it … From what I heard, he didn’t care about the quality or how complete the vocals were.
“Teddy Riley was brought in just to mix and insisted on switching studios. At which he called me to come down and hear my brother’s music, may he rest in peace. I heard the music and I immediately said it wasn’t his voice …”
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He added: “[My] brother isn’t here, and all these people are more concerned about making money off his death,” he said. “My brother was a perfectionist, and they are paying no regard to quality.
“This story has not ended, things are still unfolding,” he said.
Sony maintains that the new album is authentic, and recently released a detailed letter offering proof that the vocals are legitimate.
Randy concluded: “Sony has 250 million reasons to convince the public that it is his voice, if you know what I mean. Like [promoter] AEG, they were cutting deals with the estate before I could get my brother in the ground.”
Michael is set for release on December 14.