Authenticity of Michael Jackson songs challenged by fans
MICHAEL Jackson fans around the world have rallied together to investigate the authenticity of vocals released by a major record label following the pop star's death.
A new Kickstarter project has been launched by an international team of Michael Jackson fans calling into question three songs released by Epic Records 18 months after Jackson's death.
The songs, "Breaking News," "Monster," and "Keep Your Head Up," released in 2010 on the posthumous album titled, "Michael", sparked worldwide controversy after questions were raised regarding the authenticity of their lead vocals.
Some members of Jackson's family, former collaborators, friends and fans claim that the songs do not feature Michael Jackson's signature vocals, but those of a soundalike or vocal impersonator they allege was hired to deceptively sound like Jackson.
A team of dedicated Jackson fans are launching their Kickstarter campaign, titled "A Truth Untold", to raise the funds required to complete their investigation and to publish their findings in a tell-all book to be released late next year.
Sony Music acquired the three songs in question as part of a package deal with nine other tracks from Jackson's longtime friend Eddie Cascio and his collaborative partner, James Porte.
The pair claim that the songs, commonly referred to as the "Cascio tracks", were recorded by Jackson in Cascio's basement during a 2007 family visit.
A Truth Untold is the world's first crowd-funded Michael Jackson research project.
"It reads as a fly-on-the-wall account through a series of events, including Michael Jackson's final years in the recording studio, his tragic death, and the battles within his postmortem empire as these questionable songs came to surface," Australian contributor Damien Shields said.
"We aim to deliver an objective and fascinating piece of investigative journalism with revealing and exclusive interviews, never-before-told stories, and accounts from people on both sides of the controversy," he said.
The team behind A Truth Untold says that they're reaching out to other music lovers through the popular Kickstarter crowd-funding site because the scope of their investigation requires added resources.
Social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, have been instrumental in the success of the prelaunch campaign, allowing the A Truth Untold team to connect with their supporters all over the world, using the now ubiquitous hashtag, #ATRUTHUNTOLD.
"It is our hope that people from all walks of life, along with the Jackson family, The Michael Jackson Estate, record label, former collaborators and colleagues, friends and fans from all around the world will stand together and collectively raise their voices with us in our quest for the truth," Mr Shields said.
Funds from a successfully funded campaign will be allocated towards the completion of research, including additional interviews and the retention of an independent forensic musicologist.
Funds will also be used to reward backers with our finished product, including both digital and print copies of the book.
The premium reward will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to join two of Michael Jackson's former producers in a Los Angeles recording studio for unprecedented insight into The King of Pop's recording process.
The Kickstarter campaign, A Truth Untold, is now live at www.atruthuntold.com