According to plan, last Monday the song “Breaking News” was premiered in style, the first song taken from the first in a series of posthumous albums by Michael Jackson released by Sony Music Entertainment. Controversy arrived in a matter of hours. Many of the artist’s fans, along with two of this nephews (TJ and Tarryl), his daughter Paris, his son Prince and even his mother (Katherine Jackson) say the voice on this and other tracks featured on “Michael” (the album) does not belong to Michael Jackson. According to Katherine, his son’s artistic partners gave Sony “fake songs” featuring the voice of one of Jackson’s many imitators (or even the voice of several of them at the same time, having then been manipulated to resemble the timbre of Michael’s voice), a possibility the record label denies categorically.
Less serious and more fun is a second controversial element that has become public with the first official news regarding “Michael”. Nobody knows how it happened or why, but the fact is that the album’s artwork features, among the many portraits of Michael Jackson, the Prince logo, the unpronounceable “Love Symbol” the musician chose as his official artistic name back in 1993, after which we all had to get used to referring to the Minneapolis genius as “the Artist Formerly Known as Prince”.
If the presence of this symbol, regardless of its diminutive size (its hardy noticeable at all if one doesn’t pay enough attention) on the cover (a painting by Kadir Nelson depicting Michael in different iconic moments in his career), strikes you as bizarre, then the surprise is even bigger if you consider that the first ones to have noticed it are Prince’s team, who have demanded Sony remove the symbol immediately. Prince vs. Michael Jackson, post mortem, too.Michael Jackson - “Breaking News”