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    05/12/2010 - Communiqué de Sony à propos de MICHAEL

    Message  MJGenius le Lun 6 Déc - 13:04

    Sony Music a publié un communiqué au sujet de l’album “Michael”. Entre argumentaire marketing et réponse aux polémiques, ce long texte donne des détails sur la production des titres qui figurent sur ce support.

    Extraits :

    - En 2007, MJ a passé 4 mois chez les Cascio dans leur maison de Bergen County. Trois titres enregistrés à ce moment là, figurent sur l’album : “Breaking News,” “Monster,” et “Keep Your Head Up”’.
    Les parties vocales enregistrées par MJ étaient au stade de la démo.

    MJ avait prévu de retravailler ces morceaux lors de son séjour à Londres pour les concerts “This is it”.

    -Teddy Riley a produit deux des 3 titres des Cascio : “Monster” ,“Breaking News”.

    - John McClain a produit “Much too soon” (écrite à l’époque de l’album “Thriller”) et “Behind the mask”.

    -Le communiqué revient ensuite sur les affirmations fantaisistes de Ricky Galliano et rappelle le nom des personnes qui ont dit leur conviction (après écoute de la voix brute) qu’il s’agissait de la voix de Michael sur les titres des Cascio : Bruce Swedien, Matt Forger, Stewart Brawley, Michael Prince, Dr. Freeze et Teddy Riley.
    Greg Phillinganes, qui joue sur un titre des Cascio a également indiqué qu’il était sûr qu’il s’agissait de la voix de Michael.
    Dorian Holley, le coach vocal de MJ sur la tournée “This is it”, a également affirmé la même conviction.

    Après une étude des chansons, 2 musicologues indépendants et reconnus aux USA sont arrivés aux mêmes conclusions.
    Au final, Sony Music fait confiance aux musicologues et aux collaborateurs de Michael.

    - “Hollywood Tonight” est une chanson enregistrée à l’époque des sessions d’Invincible puis elle a été retravaillée en 2007 avec “Neff-U”

    - “Keep Your Head Up” a été co-écrite par MJ, Eddie Cascio, James Porte

    - The Way You Love Me - la version commercialisée en 2004 sur “The Ultimate Collection” correspond à l’une des premières étapes du travail sur cette chanson.

    - Monster (Featuring 50 Cent) : MJ avait enregistré certains background vocals en chantant à travers un tube PVC.
    Le titre a été co-écrit par Michael Jackson, Eddie Cascio et James Porte

    - Best Of Joy : l’une des dernières chansons sur laquelle MJ ait travaillé. MJ voulait continuer de la travailler lors de son séjour à Londres au moment des concerts “This is it”.
    La chanson a été composée par Michael et produite par Theron “Neff-U” Feemster, Michael Jackson et co-produite par Brad Buxer.

    - “Another Day” n’existait qu’à l’état de démo.


    Source : MJLegend

    J'essais de le trouver en entier.


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    Message  MJGenius le Mar 7 Déc - 0:48

    Voici le communiqué en entier. Il est en Anglais, mais trop long pour que je le traduise.


    Michael Jackson passed away as his vision was taking shape for his next album, working diligently on songs he expressly wanted to share with his fans.

    These songs could simply have become part of the rich legacy of unreleased work left behind by one of the world’s great artists. But as it soon became clear to both the Michael Jackson Estate and Sony Music, there was an obligation not only to Michael’s fans but to Michael himself not to let this amazing music gather dust in a vault. It was decided the album that was taking shape needed to be properly completed and released in a thoughtful, dignified way that would honor Michael’s legacy.

    While Michael was not there to complete the tracks as only he could, he had left behind a unique roadmap mapping out his creative vision in the form of notes and detailed conversations with the people he was working with as well as those he was planning to work with.

    This enabled everyone involved in “Michael” to follow his voice and the guiding hand they felt was present in helping them complete the album. For those who generously lent their creative talents to “Michael,” this was a labor of love honoring someone who had inspired all of them.

    How “Michael” came together
    “Michael” had been evolving as Michael Jackson albums would.

    In 2004, Michael, with the help of his then-attorney, John Branca, ended his relationship with Sony Music and its then CEO, Tommy Mottola. In the intervening years, Michael had been working on music intended for a forthcoming release, drawing up its creative blueprints and recording tracks that would provide the foundation while, at the same time, the regime at Sony Music changed and Michael developed good relations with its current executives, working with them on the 25th Anniversary album commemorating “Thriller” in 2008. Michael was delighted to personally receive special multi-platinum discus for the project at a reception held by Sony Music in Los Angeles in February 2009.

    As work for the new album resumed, he would slowly narrow down the tracks and refine them as his vision took shape. Much of the recording was taking place out of the public eye and in secret. Akon noted in an interview that after their song “Hold My Hand” was leaked to the Internet due to a security breach, both he and Michael became extremely cautious about the location of any work they might do to protect it from being exploited in that way again.

    Akon: “Well, after that experience, we all became super protective. More so him, though. You know, he was like “Okay, we gotta figure this out. Now, we’re gonna work out of the house. I’m not working at the studio no more.”

    Nonetheless, Michael still was aiming to write, record and release his artistry to his fans. Neff-U (Ron Feemster) in an interview told of being around Michael shortly before his passing, and witnessing a renewed passion in Michael for writing music and sharing it with the world. He said:

    Neff-U: “But he was, like, “We’ve got to give the world a gift. We have to give them these songs…”

    Interviewer: “And so, the process–Would he come with lyrics? Would he make them up as he went along? Did he say, “I want to write a song about this today?” “

    Neff-U: “No. He was, like, “How you feel?” I was, like, “I feel good.” I was, like, “How you feel?” He was, like, “I feel good.” And he was, like, “Let’s see what happens.” And the fireplace would be on, even during the summertime. You know, it was just the whole atmosphere, it was really cool. Um, and I would start to play, and he would just start to hum. And then, the next thing you know, the lyrics would come. And–And the song would start developing itself.”

    Several people, including Neff-U, Eddie Cascio and Frank Dileo, Michael’s manager at the time of his passing, knew of Michael’s plans to continue recording once he relocated to England for the start of what would have been the O2 performances, the rehearsals of which were featured in the hit film “Michael Jackson’s This is It.”

    Eddie Cascio: “The plan was to continue the recording process over in London, and on the days off or the weeks off that he had, you know, we would be, you know, working at a studio that he was gonna have put in at his home in London…He had made it clear that, you know, that he wanted– he wanted me to be out there and to– to continue working on the music…You know, he had every intention to entertain his fans once again through his music.”

    After an inventory was taken by the Estate of the songs Michael had been working on, the decision was made that to bring Michael’s artistry to completion and to do it proper justice, many of the very producers and talent he trusted his work to in life or those he had planned to work with would be asked to bring his vision to reality. Using the blueprints Michael provided with his notes, his voice and the creative ideas he had shared, they took the songs in various stages of production and completed the album.

    For Akon, it was an opportunity to finally finish “Hold My Hand,” a song that had not been ready for the world to hear when it leaked out on the Internet after he and Michael recorded it.

    Akon: “But its time has definitely come; now in its final state, it has become an incredible, beautiful, anthemic song. I’m so proud to have had the chance to work with Michael, one of my all time idols.”

    In an interview, Akon added that he felt a responsibility that the song should be heard and released through the proper channels.

    Akon: “You know, I wanted his children, more so than anything, to benefit off this record, ’cause that’s what he would’ve wanted, you know, and his family to properly be able to sit back and say, “He left something behind that we can all benefit and cherish.”

    He continued:

    “So far, I haven’t heard any, you know, complaints from anyone involved, so I know that everything is going the way it’s supposed. So, it feels good knowing that his property now is gonna have the showcase opportunity that it was supposed to, and that feels good. That feels great. Like, that feels better than anything, knowing that it’s now gonna be properly presented to the world.”

    Three of the tracks have relatively mundane origins. Michael had a longstanding friendship with the Cascios, a suburban family he got to know because patriarch Dominic was one of the managers at the Helmsley Palace Hotel, where Michael regularly stayed while visiting New York. He was welcomed into the home of Dominic and Connie for dinners as a respite from his hectic life as a superstar artist, and became a mentor to sons, Eddie and Frank, who growing up had musical aspirations.

    In 2007, Michael and his family spent four months staying with the Cascio family at their Bergen County home, which had a simple home recording studio in which the tracks for “Breaking News,” “Monster,” and “Keep Your Head Up”’ were recorded. Frank Dileo, Michael’s former manager, has confirmed that he spoke to Michael by telephone at the Cascio’s home studio several times while he was recording with them, and said Michael “was excited and enthused by the music and the experience.”

    While these vocals may have been “guide vocals,” or in demo form, it does not detract in any way from their quality or their authenticity. In fact, since the announcement that “Monster” is to be one of the tracks included on “Michael,” 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) has confirmed that Michael contacted him personally about his desire to collaborate on this track. The day the track list for the album was announced publicly, 50 Cent sent a message to his fans on Twitter that “michael reached out to me to do this song before he passed it going to be the biggest thing ever. hes the one we got our idea from”.

    In a subsequent interview in advance of the release of “Michael,” 50 Cent described how his DJ told him Michael was interested. He said:

    50 Cent: “…he was interested in working with me, and he said he had something he wanted me to actually hear, a song that he created that he would be perfect for us to collaborate on…”

    adding…

    50 Cent: So, you know, it’s, like, I was aware of the actual song, that there was something that he wanted to do, and I said I’d collaborate with him. I wanted to do the record.”

    Likewise, Teddy Riley, who had worked with Michael since 1991 on Dangerous, HIStory, The Addams Family Values project and Invincible, knew Michael’s work intimately. He listened to the music before becoming involved in helping finish “Michael” and producing two of the three Cascio tracks, “Monster” and “Breaking News.” He knew it was his friend’s voice when he heard it and The Finisher, as Michael affectionately called him, did what he always did when coming in on a project with Michael. He said:

    Teddy Riley: “Needless to say, we spent months and months in the studio together. The times I spent with Michael were very important, dear, special, and learning experiences. I studied Michael and everything about him from day one. I know Michael’s voice in every range; I’ve explored Michael’s vocal ability from baritone and tenor to alto and soprano. As the years went by, I’ve witnessed his tones changing, sometimes up or down. My feeling on the authenticity of his vocals on this album (another masterpiece) are that they were all done by Michael in different places and in different climates. The vocals sounded very polished, very on key and processed. I have no doubts that these are Michael’s vocals. I stand for myself with no discrimination.”

    While much of the album stems from new inspirations and work Michael was doing with contemporary artists he wanted to work with, as was often the case some songs fermented over time until they found the right album. Two songs on “Michael” – “Much Too Soon” and “Behind the Mask” — fit the spirit of those songs that Michael would eventually find homes for. In fact, it was John McClain, one of the co-executors of the Estate and a producer for the song “This Is It” released last year on the companion album for the highly acclaimed documentary, “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”, who chose to work on both songs himself. “Much Too Soon” was written around the time of “Thriller” but Michael had never found the right album for it. “Behind the Mask” also had its origins in the 1980s when Michael heard the music performed by the Yellow Magic Orchestra, and contacted Ryiuchi Sakamoto asking for permission to write lyrics for it.

    The “authenticity” of three tracks
    The debut of “Breaking News,” one of three tracks on the album Michael recorded in the New Jersey home of the Cascio family, led some to cast doubt on the “authenticity” of these songs. This triggered no shortage of bizarre theories by people seeking attention and those claiming to have knowledge of a vast conspiracy. One London tabloid printed a claim by a Michael impersonator from Italy armed with these “facts”: He thinks he may have recorded tracks in secret in a studio in Switzerland “after being approached by a man, whom he thinks was from Bahrain, to record the studio sessions, and paid 2000 Euros per track.”

    Mindful of the importance of Michael’s legacy and how much he valued his fans, both the Michael Jackson Estate and Sony Music went to even greater lengths on their own to authenticate the tracks before it was even announced they would be included on the album. As Estate attorney Howard Weitzman detailed in a letter circulated among Michael’s fans:

    Six of Michael’s former producers and engineers who had worked with Michael over the past 30 years – Bruce Swedien, Matt Forger, Stewart Brawley, Michael Prince, Dr. Freeze and Teddy Riley – were all invited to a listening session to hear the raw vocals of the Cascio tracks in question. All confirmed that the vocal was definitely Michael.
    Michael’s musical director and piano player on many of his records over a 20-year period, Greg Phillinganes, played on a Cascio track being produced for the album, and said the voice was definitely Michael’s.
    Dorian Holley, who was Michael’s vocal director for his solo tours for 20 plus years (including the O2 Concert Tour) and is seen in the film, “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”, listened to the Cascio tracks and said the lead vocal was Michael Jackson.
    Engineers, producers and musicians who worked on tours and/or in the studio with Michael when he was recording Bad, Thriller, Off The Wall, Dangerous, Invincible, HIStory and Blood On The Dance Floor, all listened to the music and they all reconfirmed their belief that the lead vocals were Michael’s voice on the Cascio tracks.
    Two of the nation’s preeminent forensic musicologists in the United States independently evaluated the tracks using audio analysis. Both reported that the lead vocals analyzed were those of Michael.
    Two prominent persons in the music industry who played crucial roles in Michael’s career, were also played the music and both believe that the lead vocals were Michael’s.
    As a result, Sony Music concluded: “We have complete confidence in the results of our extensive research as well as the accounts of those who were in the studio with Michael that the vocals on the new album are his own.”

    And the album was mastered and prepared for release using a mural created by artist, Kadir Nelson, as its cover. The mural is the visual story of Michael’s life and career and acknowledges those people and events that influenced him.

    MICHAEL’S SONGS:
    1. Hold My Hand (Duet with Akon)
    Written by Aliaune Thiam, Giorgio Tuinfort, Claude Kelly
    Produced by Akon, Giorgio Tuinfort & Michael Jackson

    “Hold My Hand” debuted as the first single. Recorded with Akon in 2008 in Las Vegas, it leaked out and was never released. Akon completed the song, with a music video to premiere December 9. “Hold My Hand” was written by Akon, Giorgio Tuinfort, Claude Kelly and produced by Akon, Giorgio Tuinfort and Michael Jackson.


    2. Hollywood Tonight
    Written by Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer/Spoken Bridge Written by Teddy Riley
    Produced by Teddy Riley, Michael Jackson/Co-Produced by Theron “Neff-U” Feemster

    Written by Michael during the time of the Invincible album, Michael pulled the track out of the archives in 2007 to work on the song with producer Ron “Neff-U” Feemster, Hollywood Tonight was written by Michael Jackson; the spoken bridge was written by Teddy Riley and the track was produced by Teddy Riley, Michael Jackson with co-producer by Theron “Neff-U” Feemster.


    3. Keep Your Head Up
    Written by Michael Jackson, Eddie Cascio, James Porte
    Produced by C “Tricky” Stewart, Angelikson, Michael Jackson

    In 2007, Michael wrote that inspirational ode with Eddie Cascio and James Porte in New Jersey. Keep Your Head Up was produced by Tricky Stewart, Angelikson, and Michael Jackson.


    4. (I Like) The Way You Love Me
    Written by Michael Jackson
    Produced by Theron “Neff-U” Feemster, Michael Jackson

    This song was originally released in its early stages of development as a demo on Ultimate Collection in 2004; it was song that Michael loved and was finishing in Los Angeles. The Way You Love Me was written by Michael Jackson and produced by Theron “Neff-U” Feemster and Michael Jackson.


    5. Monster (Featuring 50 Cent)
    Written by Michael Jackson, Eddie Cascio, James Porte/Rap Lyrics Written by Curtis Jackson
    Produced by Teddy Riley, Angelikson, Michael Jackson

    Recorded in New Jersey in 2007 at the Cascio home, Michael actually recorded some of his background vocals through a PVC pipe for the song. The song also features the rap of 50 Cent, who Michael had contacted about the collaboration. Monster was written by Michael Jackson, Eddie Cascio and James Porte with Rap Lyrics Written by Curtis Jackson. It was produced by Teddy Riley, Angelikson and Michael Jackson.


    6. Best Of Joy
    Written by Michael Jackson
    Produced by Theron “Neff-U” Feemster, Michael Jackson
    Co-Produced by Brad Buxer

    “Best of Joy” is one of the very last songs Michael was working on and had planned to continue to work on while in London for the O2 arena shows in Summer 2009. The song was written by Michael Jackson and produced by Theron “Neff-U” Feemster, Michael Jackson and co-producer by Brad Buxer.


    7. Breaking News
    Written by Michael Jackson, Eddie Cascio, James Porte
    Produced by Teddy Riley, Angelikson, Michael Jackson

    “Breaking News” recorded the song in 2007 in the New Jersey home of the Cascio family. Writers on the song are Michael Jackson as well as Eddie Cascio and James Porte. The song was produced by Teddy Riley, (Eddie Cascio & James Porte) Angelikson and Michael Jackson.


    8. (I Can’t Make It) Another Day (Featuring Lenny Kravitz)
    Written by Lenny Kravitz
    Produced by Lenny Kravitz
    Co-Produced by Michael Jackson

    Recorded as a demo with Lenny Kravitz during the Invincible era, the song unexpectedly leaked in 2008 prompting Lenny to finish the song. Dave Grohl is the featured drummer on the track. Written by Lenny Kravitz and produced Lenny Kravitz and Michael Jackson.


    9. Behind The Mask
    Written by Michael Jackson, Chris Mosdell, Ryuichi Sakamoto
    Produced by Michael Jackson, John McClain

    After hearing “Behind The Mask” as performed by Yellow Magic Orchestra, Michael contacted Ryiuchi Sakamoto asking for permission to add his lyrics on the track. It was recently completed by John McClain. The song is written by Michael Jackson, Chris Mosdell and Ryuichi Sakamoto and produced by Michael Jackson and John McClain. “Behind The Mask” contains a sample of the recording “Behind The Mask” as performed by Yellow Magic Orchestra.


    10. Much Too Soon
    Written by Michael Jackson
    Produced by Michael Jackson, John McClain

    “Much Too Soon” was written at time of Thriller. But never found the right home on an album. The song was written by Michael Jackson and produced by Michael Jackson and John McClain. David Campbell is featured on the strings.

    Conclusion
    What does the future hold for the incredible wealth of other amazing tracks.


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    Message  christodange le Mar 7 Déc - 2:50

    J'imagine la scène , allez venez les gars on va tous souffler dans un tuyau et on fera des chansons.....Vous verrez ca va cartonner !

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    Message  Vincent le Mar 7 Déc - 10:09

    christodange a écrit:J'imagine la scène , allez venez les gars on va tous souffler dans un tuyau et on fera des chansons.....Vous verrez ca va cartonner !

    Montres-moi dans ce communiqué le passage où il est question d'un tube PVC ? Vraiment cela serait gentil de ta part ... si tu l'as lu bien sûr. Parce que je ne trouve pas ce passage malgré une double lecture attentive. A moins que ça soit dans un autre communiqué de Sony, auquel cas merci de transmettre un lien ou d'en copier la teneur ici-même.
    D'avance merci, Christodange.
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    Message  christodange le Mar 7 Déc - 14:14

    Vincent a écrit:

    Montres-moi dans ce communiqué le passage où il est question d'un tube PVC ? Vraiment cela serait gentil de ta part ... si tu l'as lu bien sûr. Parce que je ne trouve pas ce passage malgré une double lecture attentive. A moins que ça soit dans un autre communiqué de Sony, auquel cas merci de transmettre un lien ou d'en copier la teneur ici-même.
    D'avance merci, Christodange.

    Recorded in New Jersey in 2007 at the Cascio home, Michael actually recorded some of his background vocals through a PVC pipe for the song.
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    Message  Fredraguibeach le Mar 7 Déc - 14:33

    En effet je viens de trouver le passage, c'est au sujet de la chanson Monster. Mais c'est Michael qui a eu l'idée du tuyau à l'époque ? Après pourquoi pas... scratch
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    Message  Michackson le Mar 7 Déc - 14:35

    Énorme ce Michael I Love MJ Il montait bien dans un arbre pour écrire ces chansons, après tout, tout est possible

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    Message  Vincent le Mar 7 Déc - 14:43

    christodange a écrit:

    Recorded in New Jersey in 2007 at the Cascio home, Michael actually recorded some of his background vocals through a PVC pipe for the song.

    Merci. Bon sang, j'ai lu le truc 2 fois sans faire gaffe. Mes yeux seraient-ils aussi mauvais que mes oreilles ??
    Sinon, je vois pas en quoi Sony cherche à noyer le poisson en balançant cette info, plausible au demeurant.

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    Message  Vincent le Mar 7 Déc - 14:44

    Michackson a écrit:Énorme ce Michael I Love MJ Il montait bien dans un arbre pour écrire ces chansons, après tout, tout est possible

    Certains l'ont même vu monter dans un arbres avec un tube PVC pour écrire ET enregistrer ses chansons ... moi, je dis : "respect". Je sors
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    Message  Michackson le Mar 7 Déc - 14:46

    Vincent a écrit:

    Certains l'ont même vu monter dans un arbres avec un tube PVC pour écrire ET enregistrer ses chansons ... moi, je dis : "respect". Je sors


    Il parait oui, mais c'était bien Michael au moins ? Arf non, c'est un coup de Malachi ça, fallait s'en douter.
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    Message  kingofpopmichaeljackson le Dim 22 Avr - 15:47

    MJGenius a écrit:Voici le communiqué en entier. Il est en Anglais, mais trop long pour que je le traduise.


    Michael Jackson passed away as his vision was taking shape for his next album, working diligently on songs he expressly wanted to share with his fans.

    These songs could simply have become part of the rich legacy of unreleased work left behind by one of the world’s great artists. But as it soon became clear to both the Michael Jackson Estate and Sony Music, there was an obligation not only to Michael’s fans but to Michael himself not to let this amazing music gather dust in a vault. It was decided the album that was taking shape needed to be properly completed and released in a thoughtful, dignified way that would honor Michael’s legacy.

    While Michael was not there to complete the tracks as only he could, he had left behind a unique roadmap mapping out his creative vision in the form of notes and detailed conversations with the people he was working with as well as those he was planning to work with.

    This enabled everyone involved in “Michael” to follow his voice and the guiding hand they felt was present in helping them complete the album. For those who generously lent their creative talents to “Michael,” this was a labor of love honoring someone who had inspired all of them.

    How “Michael” came together
    “Michael” had been evolving as Michael Jackson albums would.

    In 2004, Michael, with the help of his then-attorney, John Branca, ended his relationship with Sony Music and its then CEO, Tommy Mottola. In the intervening years, Michael had been working on music intended for a forthcoming release, drawing up its creative blueprints and recording tracks that would provide the foundation while, at the same time, the regime at Sony Music changed and Michael developed good relations with its current executives, working with them on the 25th Anniversary album commemorating “Thriller” in 2008. Michael was delighted to personally receive special multi-platinum discus for the project at a reception held by Sony Music in Los Angeles in February 2009.

    As work for the new album resumed, he would slowly narrow down the tracks and refine them as his vision took shape. Much of the recording was taking place out of the public eye and in secret. Akon noted in an interview that after their song “Hold My Hand” was leaked to the Internet due to a security breach, both he and Michael became extremely cautious about the location of any work they might do to protect it from being exploited in that way again.

    Akon: “Well, after that experience, we all became super protective. More so him, though. You know, he was like “Okay, we gotta figure this out. Now, we’re gonna work out of the house. I’m not working at the studio no more.”

    Nonetheless, Michael still was aiming to write, record and release his artistry to his fans. Neff-U (Ron Feemster) in an interview told of being around Michael shortly before his passing, and witnessing a renewed passion in Michael for writing music and sharing it with the world. He said:

    Neff-U: “But he was, like, “We’ve got to give the world a gift. We have to give them these songs…”

    Interviewer: “And so, the process–Would he come with lyrics? Would he make them up as he went along? Did he say, “I want to write a song about this today?” “

    Neff-U: “No. He was, like, “How you feel?” I was, like, “I feel good.” I was, like, “How you feel?” He was, like, “I feel good.” And he was, like, “Let’s see what happens.” And the fireplace would be on, even during the summertime. You know, it was just the whole atmosphere, it was really cool. Um, and I would start to play, and he would just start to hum. And then, the next thing you know, the lyrics would come. And–And the song would start developing itself.”

    Several people, including Neff-U, Eddie Cascio and Frank Dileo, Michael’s manager at the time of his passing, knew of Michael’s plans to continue recording once he relocated to England for the start of what would have been the O2 performances, the rehearsals of which were featured in the hit film “Michael Jackson’s This is It.”

    Eddie Cascio: “The plan was to continue the recording process over in London, and on the days off or the weeks off that he had, you know, we would be, you know, working at a studio that he was gonna have put in at his home in London…He had made it clear that, you know, that he wanted– he wanted me to be out there and to– to continue working on the music…You know, he had every intention to entertain his fans once again through his music.”

    After an inventory was taken by the Estate of the songs Michael had been working on, the decision was made that to bring Michael’s artistry to completion and to do it proper justice, many of the very producers and talent he trusted his work to in life or those he had planned to work with would be asked to bring his vision to reality. Using the blueprints Michael provided with his notes, his voice and the creative ideas he had shared, they took the songs in various stages of production and completed the album.

    For Akon, it was an opportunity to finally finish “Hold My Hand,” a song that had not been ready for the world to hear when it leaked out on the Internet after he and Michael recorded it.

    Akon: “But its time has definitely come; now in its final state, it has become an incredible, beautiful, anthemic song. I’m so proud to have had the chance to work with Michael, one of my all time idols.”

    In an interview, Akon added that he felt a responsibility that the song should be heard and released through the proper channels.

    Akon: “You know, I wanted his children, more so than anything, to benefit off this record, ’cause that’s what he would’ve wanted, you know, and his family to properly be able to sit back and say, “He left something behind that we can all benefit and cherish.”

    He continued:

    “So far, I haven’t heard any, you know, complaints from anyone involved, so I know that everything is going the way it’s supposed. So, it feels good knowing that his property now is gonna have the showcase opportunity that it was supposed to, and that feels good. That feels great. Like, that feels better than anything, knowing that it’s now gonna be properly presented to the world.”

    Three of the tracks have relatively mundane origins. Michael had a longstanding friendship with the Cascios, a suburban family he got to know because patriarch Dominic was one of the managers at the Helmsley Palace Hotel, where Michael regularly stayed while visiting New York. He was welcomed into the home of Dominic and Connie for dinners as a respite from his hectic life as a superstar artist, and became a mentor to sons, Eddie and Frank, who growing up had musical aspirations.

    In 2007, Michael and his family spent four months staying with the Cascio family at their Bergen County home, which had a simple home recording studio in which the tracks for “Breaking News,” “Monster,” and “Keep Your Head Up”’ were recorded. Frank Dileo, Michael’s former manager, has confirmed that he spoke to Michael by telephone at the Cascio’s home studio several times while he was recording with them, and said Michael “was excited and enthused by the music and the experience.”

    While these vocals may have been “guide vocals,” or in demo form, it does not detract in any way from their quality or their authenticity. In fact, since the announcement that “Monster” is to be one of the tracks included on “Michael,” 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) has confirmed that Michael contacted him personally about his desire to collaborate on this track. The day the track list for the album was announced publicly, 50 Cent sent a message to his fans on Twitter that “michael reached out to me to do this song before he passed it going to be the biggest thing ever. hes the one we got our idea from”.

    In a subsequent interview in advance of the release of “Michael,” 50 Cent described how his DJ told him Michael was interested. He said:

    50 Cent: “…he was interested in working with me, and he said he had something he wanted me to actually hear, a song that he created that he would be perfect for us to collaborate on…”

    adding…

    50 Cent: So, you know, it’s, like, I was aware of the actual song, that there was something that he wanted to do, and I said I’d collaborate with him. I wanted to do the record.”

    Likewise, Teddy Riley, who had worked with Michael since 1991 on Dangerous, HIStory, The Addams Family Values project and Invincible, knew Michael’s work intimately. He listened to the music before becoming involved in helping finish “Michael” and producing two of the three Cascio tracks, “Monster” and “Breaking News.” He knew it was his friend’s voice when he heard it and The Finisher, as Michael affectionately called him, did what he always did when coming in on a project with Michael. He said:

    Teddy Riley: “Needless to say, we spent months and months in the studio together. The times I spent with Michael were very important, dear, special, and learning experiences. I studied Michael and everything about him from day one. I know Michael’s voice in every range; I’ve explored Michael’s vocal ability from baritone and tenor to alto and soprano. As the years went by, I’ve witnessed his tones changing, sometimes up or down. My feeling on the authenticity of his vocals on this album (another masterpiece) are that they were all done by Michael in different places and in different climates. The vocals sounded very polished, very on key and processed. I have no doubts that these are Michael’s vocals. I stand for myself with no discrimination.”

    While much of the album stems from new inspirations and work Michael was doing with contemporary artists he wanted to work with, as was often the case some songs fermented over time until they found the right album. Two songs on “Michael” – “Much Too Soon” and “Behind the Mask” — fit the spirit of those songs that Michael would eventually find homes for. In fact, it was John McClain, one of the co-executors of the Estate and a producer for the song “This Is It” released last year on the companion album for the highly acclaimed documentary, “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”, who chose to work on both songs himself. “Much Too Soon” was written around the time of “Thriller” but Michael had never found the right album for it. “Behind the Mask” also had its origins in the 1980s when Michael heard the music performed by the Yellow Magic Orchestra, and contacted Ryiuchi Sakamoto asking for permission to write lyrics for it.

    The “authenticity” of three tracks
    The debut of “Breaking News,” one of three tracks on the album Michael recorded in the New Jersey home of the Cascio family, led some to cast doubt on the “authenticity” of these songs. This triggered no shortage of bizarre theories by people seeking attention and those claiming to have knowledge of a vast conspiracy. One London tabloid printed a claim by a Michael impersonator from Italy armed with these “facts”: He thinks he may have recorded tracks in secret in a studio in Switzerland “after being approached by a man, whom he thinks was from Bahrain, to record the studio sessions, and paid 2000 Euros per track.”

    Mindful of the importance of Michael’s legacy and how much he valued his fans, both the Michael Jackson Estate and Sony Music went to even greater lengths on their own to authenticate the tracks before it was even announced they would be included on the album. As Estate attorney Howard Weitzman detailed in a letter circulated among Michael’s fans:

    Six of Michael’s former producers and engineers who had worked with Michael over the past 30 years – Bruce Swedien, Matt Forger, Stewart Brawley, Michael Prince, Dr. Freeze and Teddy Riley – were all invited to a listening session to hear the raw vocals of the Cascio tracks in question. All confirmed that the vocal was definitely Michael.
    Michael’s musical director and piano player on many of his records over a 20-year period, Greg Phillinganes, played on a Cascio track being produced for the album, and said the voice was definitely Michael’s.
    Dorian Holley, who was Michael’s vocal director for his solo tours for 20 plus years (including the O2 Concert Tour) and is seen in the film, “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”, listened to the Cascio tracks and said the lead vocal was Michael Jackson.
    Engineers, producers and musicians who worked on tours and/or in the studio with Michael when he was recording Bad, Thriller, Off The Wall, Dangerous, Invincible, HIStory and Blood On The Dance Floor, all listened to the music and they all reconfirmed their belief that the lead vocals were Michael’s voice on the Cascio tracks.
    Two of the nation’s preeminent forensic musicologists in the United States independently evaluated the tracks using audio analysis. Both reported that the lead vocals analyzed were those of Michael.
    Two prominent persons in the music industry who played crucial roles in Michael’s career, were also played the music and both believe that the lead vocals were Michael’s.
    As a result, Sony Music concluded: “We have complete confidence in the results of our extensive research as well as the accounts of those who were in the studio with Michael that the vocals on the new album are his own.”

    And the album was mastered and prepared for release using a mural created by artist, Kadir Nelson, as its cover. The mural is the visual story of Michael’s life and career and acknowledges those people and events that influenced him.

    MICHAEL’S SONGS:
    1. Hold My Hand (Duet with Akon)
    Written by Aliaune Thiam, Giorgio Tuinfort, Claude Kelly
    Produced by Akon, Giorgio Tuinfort & Michael Jackson

    “Hold My Hand” debuted as the first single. Recorded with Akon in 2008 in Las Vegas, it leaked out and was never released. Akon completed the song, with a music video to premiere December 9. “Hold My Hand” was written by Akon, Giorgio Tuinfort, Claude Kelly and produced by Akon, Giorgio Tuinfort and Michael Jackson.


    2. Hollywood Tonight
    Written by Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer/Spoken Bridge Written by Teddy Riley
    Produced by Teddy Riley, Michael Jackson/Co-Produced by Theron “Neff-U” Feemster

    Written by Michael during the time of the Invincible album, Michael pulled the track out of the archives in 2007 to work on the song with producer Ron “Neff-U” Feemster, Hollywood Tonight was written by Michael Jackson; the spoken bridge was written by Teddy Riley and the track was produced by Teddy Riley, Michael Jackson with co-producer by Theron “Neff-U” Feemster.


    3. Keep Your Head Up
    Written by Michael Jackson, Eddie Cascio, James Porte
    Produced by C “Tricky” Stewart, Angelikson, Michael Jackson

    In 2007, Michael wrote that inspirational ode with Eddie Cascio and James Porte in New Jersey. Keep Your Head Up was produced by Tricky Stewart, Angelikson, and Michael Jackson.


    4. (I Like) The Way You Love Me
    Written by Michael Jackson
    Produced by Theron “Neff-U” Feemster, Michael Jackson

    This song was originally released in its early stages of development as a demo on Ultimate Collection in 2004; it was song that Michael loved and was finishing in Los Angeles. The Way You Love Me was written by Michael Jackson and produced by Theron “Neff-U” Feemster and Michael Jackson.


    5. Monster (Featuring 50 Cent)
    Written by Michael Jackson, Eddie Cascio, James Porte/Rap Lyrics Written by Curtis Jackson
    Produced by Teddy Riley, Angelikson, Michael Jackson

    Recorded in New Jersey in 2007 at the Cascio home, Michael actually recorded some of his background vocals through a PVC pipe for the song. The song also features the rap of 50 Cent, who Michael had contacted about the collaboration. Monster was written by Michael Jackson, Eddie Cascio and James Porte with Rap Lyrics Written by Curtis Jackson. It was produced by Teddy Riley, Angelikson and Michael Jackson.


    6. Best Of Joy
    Written by Michael Jackson
    Produced by Theron “Neff-U” Feemster, Michael Jackson
    Co-Produced by Brad Buxer

    “Best of Joy” is one of the very last songs Michael was working on and had planned to continue to work on while in London for the O2 arena shows in Summer 2009. The song was written by Michael Jackson and produced by Theron “Neff-U” Feemster, Michael Jackson and co-producer by Brad Buxer.


    7. Breaking News
    Written by Michael Jackson, Eddie Cascio, James Porte
    Produced by Teddy Riley, Angelikson, Michael Jackson

    “Breaking News” recorded the song in 2007 in the New Jersey home of the Cascio family. Writers on the song are Michael Jackson as well as Eddie Cascio and James Porte. The song was produced by Teddy Riley, (Eddie Cascio & James Porte) Angelikson and Michael Jackson.


    8. (I Can’t Make It) Another Day (Featuring Lenny Kravitz)
    Written by Lenny Kravitz
    Produced by Lenny Kravitz
    Co-Produced by Michael Jackson

    Recorded as a demo with Lenny Kravitz during the Invincible era, the song unexpectedly leaked in 2008 prompting Lenny to finish the song. Dave Grohl is the featured drummer on the track. Written by Lenny Kravitz and produced Lenny Kravitz and Michael Jackson.


    9. Behind The Mask
    Written by Michael Jackson, Chris Mosdell, Ryuichi Sakamoto
    Produced by Michael Jackson, John McClain

    After hearing “Behind The Mask” as performed by Yellow Magic Orchestra, Michael contacted Ryiuchi Sakamoto asking for permission to add his lyrics on the track. It was recently completed by John McClain. The song is written by Michael Jackson, Chris Mosdell and Ryuichi Sakamoto and produced by Michael Jackson and John McClain. “Behind The Mask” contains a sample of the recording “Behind The Mask” as performed by Yellow Magic Orchestra.


    10. Much Too Soon
    Written by Michael Jackson
    Produced by Michael Jackson, John McClain

    “Much Too Soon” was written at time of Thriller. But never found the right home on an album. The song was written by Michael Jackson and produced by Michael Jackson and John McClain. David Campbell is featured on the strings.

    Conclusion
    What does the future hold for the incredible wealth of other amazing tracks.
    Michael » a évolué tout comme les albums de Michael Jackson.En 2004, Michael, avec l'aide de son avocat, John Branca, a terminé sa relation avec Sony Music et son directeur général puis de Tommy Mottola. Au cours des années, Michael a travaillé sur la musique, destinée à une publication à paraître, dressant ses plans de création et d'enregistrement des pistes qui permettraient la Fondation alors que, dans le même temps, le régime à Sony Music a changé et Michael développé de bonnes relations avec ses dirigeants actuels, travailler avec eux sur le 25e album anniversaire commémorant « Thriller » en 2008. Michael était ravi de recevoir personnellement spécial disque multi-platine pour le projet lors d'une réception organisée par Sony Music à Los Angeles en février 2009.Comme pour le nouvel album de reprise de travail, il aurait lentement restreindre les pistes et purifierai comme sa vision a pris forme. Une grande partie de l'enregistrement a lieu hors de l'oeil du public et en secret. Akon a fait remarquer dans une interview qu'après leur chanson « Hold My Hand » a été diffusée sur Internet en raison d'un manquement à la sécurité, Michael et il est devenu extrêmement prudent quant à l'emplacement de tout travail qu'ils pourraient faire pour la protéger encore exploités de cette manière.Akon : "Eh bien, après cette expérience, nous avons tous devient super protecteurs. Plus encore, bien que. Vous le savez, il était comme "OK, nous Gotta figure this out. Maintenant, nous sommes allez travailler hors de la maison. Je ne travaille au studio plus. »Néanmoins, Michael était encore visant à écrire, enregistrement et libérer son art à ses fans. Neff-U (Ron Feemster) dans une interview a dit d'être autour de Michael, peu avant son décès et témoins d'une passion renouvelée à Michael pour écrire de la musique et la partager avec le monde. Il a dit :Neff-u: « mais il était, comme, « nous avons de donner au monde un cadeau. Nous devons leur donner ces Bückle »Intervieweur: « et alors, la process–Would il venu avec des paroles ? Il rendrait qu'il se rend le long ? A-t-il dit, « Je veux écrire une chanson à ce sujet aujourd'hui? » “Neff-U: no. » Il a été, comme, « Ce que vous ressentez? » J'étais, comme, « Je me sens bien. » J'étais, comme, « Ce que vous ressentez? » Il a été, comme, « Je me sens bien. » Et il était, comme, « Nous allons voir ce qui se passe. » Et le foyer serait, même pendant la saison estivale. Vous savez, c'est juste l'atmosphère, c'était vraiment cool. Hum, je commencerais à jouer et il commence tout juste à hum. Et puis, la prochaine chose que vous savez, les paroles se seraient produite. And–and la chanson aurait commencer à développer lui-même. »Plusieurs personnes, y compris Neff-U, Eddie Cascio et Frank Dileo, le manager de Michael au moment de son décès, savait que des plans de Michael pour continuer l'enregistrement une fois qu'il a déménagé en Angleterre pour le début de ce qu'aurait été le spectacle d'O2, les répétitions qui ont été présentées dans le film hit "Michael Jackson This is It. »Eddie Cascio: « le plan était de continuer le processus d'enregistrement plus à Londres, et sur les jours ou les semaines hors qu'il avait, vous le savez, nous serions, vous le savez, travaillant dans un studio qu'il a été s gonna ont mis en à son domicile de London…Il a précisé que, vous savez, ce wanted– il voulait me faire là-bas et to– de continuer à travailler sur la musique…Vous savez, il avait la ferme intention d'entendre ses fans une fois de plus grâce à sa musique. »Après qu'un inventaire a été pris par la succession des chansons Michael avait travaillé sur, la décision a été prise que le talent artistique de Michael à l'achèvement et faire bonne justice, beaucoup de talent et très producteurs il avait confiance en son travail dans la vie ou ceux avec qu'il avait prévu de travailler seraient appelés à porter sa vision de la réalité. En utilisant les plans Michael fourni avec ses notes, sa voix et les idées créatives, il avait partagé, ils ont pris les chansons à différents stades de production et terminé l'album.pour
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