The soap opera goes on.
Janet is to release an unheard duet with Michael on her forthcoming ‘Greatest Hits’ album. Little is known of the song other than it is called ‘Make me’ and was recorded in 2008. Call me cynical but how can an unreleased song be part of a greatest hits album? I suppose the answer is that if you haven’t sufficient real hits to complete an album and you can use the name of your late brother to boost your CD sales then……
Paul Anka is to get 50% royalties on MJ’s new record sales. He had co-written the song with Michael in 1983 when it was called “I Never Heard”. It was subsequently recorded by Sa-Fire in the 1990s. On that version MJ and Anka are credited as co-writers.
No one is suggesting that the Jackson machine were trying to get away with not paying Anka, just that they were a bit stupid. As Anka said “They did the right thing,” Anka said. “I don’t think that anybody tried to do the wrong thing. It was an honest mistake.”
From the Jackson machine side they said in a statement “The song was picked because the lyrics were appropriate because of the name Michael gave his tour,” the statement read. “We are thrilled to present this song in Michael’s voice for the first time, and that Michael’s fans have responded in unprecedented numbers.” – so sales are going well, then.
Apparently they forgot that Anka helped write the song and it was not until Anka heard it and was contacted by the media that he was aware of it. However, alls well that ends well. Anka will get the money he deserves, as well as the Jackson machine.
Finally, for now at least, will Prince, 12, Paris, 11, and Prince Michael II, 7 appear on reality TV? There seems to be some disagreement within the family. There are reports that they will appear in “The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty” which may be broadcast in December on cable network A&E. Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, seems set to try to maintain their privacy, as Michael did. However, others of the family apparently can see why they should appear.
We shall see.