Michael Jackson did NOT go back to Sony after 2002!
by Kelly Trenee Gian on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 1:24am
Mr Guest was asked about Michael's Sony relationship after 2002 since most of you insist that Michael went back to Sony and Thriller25 and albums after it was products of restored relationship. I have an upcoming blogpost about this. Here is what Mr Guest said: "Michael was misinformed about his contractual obligations. He did not fulfil the terms of the contract so Sony kept all the copyrights. The re-issues like Thriller 25 were merely repackaging. By the time Michael realised what had happened, he was unable to buy back the copyrights for a number of reasons. Chief among these was that he was heavily in debt but also Sony were not obliged to sell them to him as they considered him in breach of contract. I do not believe any deal was done with Sony upon Michael's return from Bahrain. In fact, it may well be that part of the reason he fell out with the Sheik over this very issue. The deal with Sony was concluded by Michael's estate and AEG after his death." -LYNTON GUEST
Michael Jackson’s youngest brother, says that some of the vocals on the new MJ album “Michael” are not those of his brother! He took to Twitter to rant last night, and really vented on quite a few issues. To sum up from everything he said, the points he raises about the vocals not being Michaels are:
Armed guards have been involved in the making of it, which makes him suspicious
John McClain did not allow family members to be at the studio while it was being made
McClain pointed the finger at Sony, where he got the tracks from, when Jackson told him it wasn’t his brother’s voice
McClain also had to call “call over the place” looking for music that had Michael’s voice on it, just to complete one album, AFTER the deal for 10 albums had been signed
Sony paid $250 million to the Jackson estate for the 10-record deal, so they have a lot invested in claiming the vocals are Michael’s
In a nutshell, Randy says “Some of the songs are him, and some aren’t. I would be my life on that.”
I would tend to take his word for it too…if anyone would know, I think it would be him. He is also outraged that the estate executors were cutting a deal with Sony before Michael was even buried, and he said neither McClain nor the executors attended the funeral. So he feels his brother is being disrespected, and I think his Twitter rant was aimed at correcting that, to the best of his ability. Still, he raises some interesting points, that bear watching.
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Akon wouldn’t want to put unfinished work with MJ out there
Yesterday we relesed a video from Akon talking about Michael and the creative process for ‘Hold My Hand’.
Not featured in the video is what Akon told MTV News. He has no plans to release any unfinished business he and Michael worked on. ”I’m definitely excited about our single, because that was finished, complete, and I’m happy with the outcome,” Akon explained. “And I know Michael was happy ’cause we were there finishing the song together, so I’m really happy about what we accomplished on that record ‘Hold My Hand.’ ”
So, what was the concept Akon and Michael tried to deliver on the song? “We was trying to find the unity, like what can we possibly translate that can bring the world together?” he remembered. “It was a song I was previously working on that I eventually let Michael hear, and when he heard it, he fell in love with it. … We clicked instantly when it came to it. That was the main concept: Let’s figure out something we can leave behind, in 20,000 years later it can still be relevant.”
It’s an idea Akon and Michael thought a lot about and can be found on many of their unfinished songs, not that anyone will ever get the chance to hear them. ”Me and Mike worked on a lot of concepts before he passed. Hold My Hand was one of the records that was actually fully complete; the rest of the records are incomplete. They’re just ideas, concepts, harmonies and stuff like that which the world will probably never see ’cause I wouldn’t want to put it out unfinished,” he explained. “I know at the end of the day if it wasn’t fully complete, I don’t think he would see it released that way.
“Majority of the concepts we worked on, they were all international, worldwide,” he added. “It was always the point of which everyone has to find some kind of relativity in it. That was always a challenge, and we found concepts that would do it. We just never got the chance to finish the songs, but ‘Hold My Hand’ was a prime example.”