Randy Jackson has blasted Sony Music chiefs over an upcoming posthumous album from his brother Michael Jackson - because he's convinced his late sibling's voice is faked on the record. The star admits he felt "sick" when he discovered label bosses had signed a $250 million deal with executors of the tragic singer's estate to release 10 music albums.
Randy reveals he became "suspicious" of the project when executor John McClain banned the "Thriller" legend's family from being in the studio while the tracks were completed. And he's adamant it isn't his brother's voice "on some of the tracks" featured on upcoming release "Michael", which is set to hit stores next month.
In a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "Me and my nephew were the first to say that it wasn't his voice on some of the tracks. The family and the executors of the estate, Branca and McClain, are not on the same page. We don't see eye to eye."
"I became suspicious about the album, when I heard (sic) when armed guards were involved since my brother's passing... John McClain insisted that no family members were allowed at his studio where the project was being completed."
"My first thought was, 'What are they trying to hide?' Teddy Riley (producer) was brought in just to mix and insisted on switching studios at which (sic) he called me to come down and hear my brother's music. I heard the music and I immediately said it wasn't his voice. Some of the songs are him, and some aren't. I would bet my life on that."
Randy has called on Sony chiefs to re-evaluate their deal - because he's confident there isn't enough of his late brother's unreleased material to complete all 10 albums. He adds, "Sony has 250 million reasons to convince the public that it is his voice, if you know what I mean. In fact, when I heard about the Sony deal, it made me sick. Like AEG, they were cutting deals with the estate before I could get my brother in the ground."
"Why would Sony sign a 10 album deal over a period of seven years and McClain couldn't find enough product for one album. I'd like to hear what they played Sony, or did Sony even care? If they don't even have enough product for one album how are they going to make 10 albums?"
Also, Randy Jackson has taken aim at the executors of his late brother Michael's estate for failing to attend the star's burial. The "Thriller" icon died in June, 2009 and was laid to rest soon afterwards - but John Branca and John McClain, the executors of his estate, did not show up for the ceremony.
Randy admits he was fuming over their absence, and he's accused them of concentrating on "getting deals done" to cash in on Jackson's popularity following his shock death. In a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "I invited McClain to the burial, Ironically, he didn't show up. Neither of the executors (showed) up to pay their respects. Maybe they were too busy getting deals done."
The executors signed a $250 million deal with Sony Music bosses earlier this year, to release 10 albums of the late star's unreleased music.