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Sony keeps stabbing MJ in the back: Part 2

There was quite an unexpected response to my last article entitled "Sony Stabs Michael In The Back Again" - there were also a number of questions from MJ fans. I'm going to attempt to respond to those questions to the best of my ability:
To JulieD: The song "Ride With Me" is officially listed as Rodney Jerkins (featuring Michael Jackson). I'm not 100% sure if MJ intended to include the song on his upcoming CD "7even". From my reading, MIchael intended "7even" to include 7 pop/dance tracks and 7 ballads on one disc. It is really Michael's falsetto that puts this song over the top though and he could have easily included it in the ballads section of the "7even" CD.... funny enough, the mood and beat of the song remind me a lot of Janet Jackson's "Any Time, Any Place"...
To LuvofMJ: You wondered what I meant by "Sadly, Sony seems to have the upper hand..." Currently, there is a bidding war for the rights to Michael's recordings that he was putting together for his next album. He was actually working on two albums at once - a pop album and a classical album... The three front runners for the rights to these new recordings are Sony, Universal and Warner. Both Universal and Warner are interested in putting together a new Michael Jackson CD in late 2010. Sony is not interested in doing this - they will continue with the same approach they displayed on the "This Is It" CD, and from a business perspective, they will make more money over the long term by slowly releasing the songs gradually over the years and combining the new tracks with previously released material. Unfortunately, Sony has the upper hand in the bidding war between these three companies because Sony Corporation has a very strong bond between Michael Jackson's executors John Branca and John Mc Clain... so the writing is pretty much on the wall, unfortunately...
You raised another interesting point, you wrote "The unreleased songs in Michael's vault do not belong to Sony"... this depends on the songs you are writing about. For example, Michael wrote 30 tracks for Invincible and used 16 on the actual CD.... those unreleased tracks do belong to Sony. They were recorded for an album that Sony spent 30 million dollars producing and they were recorded while MJ was under contract to Sony Music.... Remember those tracks on the special edition of "Bad" - "Streetwalker", "Fly Away" and the Spanish version of "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"? All of those recordings belonged to Sony because Michael was under contract and they were recorded for a CD released by Sony Coporation. So any other recordings put together for "Bad" still belong to Sony.
You also ask: " Why are you asking Sony to let Michael go?"
Ideally (and this is the dream scenario), I would like to see Sony sell all of Michael Jackson's unreleased songs and demos to Universal and Warner. In addition, I would like to see all of MJ's new songs that he was recording after his Sony contract was dissolved sold to Universal or Warner Corporation.
Any recordings, demos or compositions in MJ's private vault should also go to Universal or Warner - these two companies seem interested in treating Michael's music with respect, Sony is like a shark in the water picking up the scent of fresh blood. So when I say to Sony "let Michael go" I literally mean let go of all the unreleased tracks in the Sony vault, and don't make any attempts to get their hands on Michael's recordings over the past few years when MJ was not under contract to Sony. Also, leave Michael's private vault alone.
Universal or Warner need to get a lead producer like Akon to oversee the new MJ album. With the demos and unreleased tracks Akon could work magic by adding finishing touches and dealing with the final mixing. Akon and Michael had great mutual respect for one another and he would have likely trusted Akon's artistic judgment in regards to his final album. There are already a number of tracks that are completed so Akon would only have to make decisions regarding placement on track listing in regards to these songs. Also, MJ was working with a few other producers and they should obviously be the ones to complete their tracks. Lenny Kravitz's "Another Day" has "number one" written all over it, and obviously Lenny should be the one to complete the final mixing on that track. And a word to DJ Ducky: Your DJ voiceover almost ruined the 90 second snip that was leaked to the internet....it takes some talent to almost destroy an amazing song like "Another Day"...As Lenny said, DJ Ducky has nothing to do with the track and poor little Ducky will not be appearing on the official version - Kravitz has already promised that he wants Michael's fans to hear the full song the way they intended to be heard..... translation: DJ Ducky is history.....
@Lis: You mention that you are cringing at the thought of Sony releasing an Acapella Edition of "Thriller" - well, so far, Motown has been even more shameless than Sony.... Motown has been releasing Jackson remix songs to death, plus the have released an Acapella album and a "Stripped Mixes" CD of classic MJ/Jackson 5 tracks - basically - they took out most of the percussion on the "Stripped Mixes' CD - Motown has been totally shameless in cashing in on MJ's death - they have been equal, if not worse, than Sony in this regard....
MJ WAS A CUTIE PIE: You wrote; "Kinda curious about the person writing this form. I see that he joined today. Are you a professional writer or journalist?" Wow! What a sweet compliment. Actually, I'm an English teacher in Toronto, Canada. But, it is so funny you asked that question - I always dreamed of being a journalist. I applied to a very well respected Journalism school in 2000, and, on the strength of my portfolio and the published articles it contained, I was accepted into the program. Unfortunately, I got cold feet and became fearful of the competitive nature of the journalism industry and so I sadly turned down my acceptance into a superb journalism degree program. Of course, it is only human nature to ask: "what if it had happened if I had based my decision on passion instead of fear?".... for now I will listen to the Beatles and "Let It Be"...
Jill: Yes, "This Is It" is the concert line up - well, almost.... "Dirty Diana" was about to be added to the concert rehearsals starting June 26, 2010.....and I felt "You Are Not Alone" should have replaced "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" on the concert line up... "You Are Not Alone" is simply the superior song and it is still the only song to premiere at #1 on the charts.... so I'm not sure why MJ made that decision - personally, Michael wanted to include more of his own compositions on his albums and in his concerts.....so it may be that he wanted to perform a ballad that he wrote rather than an R. Kelly composition....
In my next article, I'm going to write about how Quincy Jones abandoned MJ...... After the false allegations of 2005, Michael Jackson went to Quincy personally to ask him to produce some songs with him, and Jones refused flat out -Apparently, Quincy Jones didn't want to be anywhere near the scandal of 2003-05....... so much for loyalty Mr. Jones?
To be continued....
Peace...