Michael Jackson’s Estate And Sony Music Reach A Settlement To End The Years-Long Lawsuit
In a statement shared with Billboard, late musician Michael Jackson’s estate and Sony Music announced that they reached an agreement about the years-long lawsuit. The parts emphasized that the longtime lawsuit’s result wouldn’t change their decision.
Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009, due to a cardiac arrest. The singer’s sudden death shocked his fans worldwide. His death and details about it were in every news channel’s headlines, and the world wouldn’t stop talking about Jackson’s personal life and musical projects. As a posthumous work, Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment released a compilation album ‘Michael’ on December 10, 2010.
However, the three tracks from the record, ‘Breaking News,’ ‘Keep Your Head Up,’ and ‘Monster,’ ignited a debate after Jackson’s family and fans questioned their authenticity. A consumer named Vera Serova filed a class-action lawsuit against Sony Music, the Jackson Estate, MJJ Productions, Eddie Cascio, and James Porte. She accused them of fooling the fans by stating that Jackson didn’t perform these songs and an impersonator Jason Malachi sang them.
Recently, the label company removed the three tracks from YouTube, Apple Music, and Spotify. Then Sony Music and Jackson’s estate shared a joint statement about this issue. They and the plaintiff wanted to end the litigation and defined removing them as the best and easiest way to eliminate the problems. The California Supreme Court didn’t reveal what they ruled about the case, which had been going on for eight years.
The parts’ joint statement read as follows:
“Regardless of how the Supreme Court may rule, the parties to the lawsuit mutually decided to end the litigation, which would have potentially included additional appeals and a lengthy trial court process. Removing the songs was the simplest and best way to move beyond the conversation associated with these tracks once and for all.”
You can listen to the songs below.