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Producer: Jackson's real voice on album

posted 13 Dec 2010, 07:21 by Mpelembe   [ updated 13 Dec 2010, 07:24 ]
Michael Jackson's producer Teddy Riley says it's the King of Pop's real voice on the album, albeit with a few tweaks.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM - The authenticity of Michael Jackson's voice has been called into question on his new album "Michael".
Out on Monday (December 13) in Britain and Tuesday (December 14) in the United States, it's the first posthumous album released by the Jackson estate.

Teddy Riley, one of album's main producers who's worked with the King of Pop on previous records, said the voice really is Jackson's -- albeit with a little tweaking.

Michael Jackson Music Producer Teddy Riley, saying:

"When they first had it they did the processing and they did Melodyning because they had a lot of flat notes, because Michael was going into doing the ideas. He would never consider it being a final vocal. But because he's not with us he cannot give us new vocals so what we did was utilise the melodyning to get him in key. But you are still hearing the true Michael Jackson."

According to website TMZ, doubts over the voice were expressed by several close family members including his mother Katherine, his two eldest children and sister LaToya,

It's an accusation Riley denies.

 Michael Jackson Music Producer Teddy Riley, saying:

"Where it came from was not a great place, it was from a family member, and some family members, to someone who didn't totally get the last say so they kind of hate on the project."

The first single "Hold My Hand" is a duet with R&B singer Akon with a music video paying homage to the late singer.

Riley produced three tracks on the album "Breaking News", "Monster" and "Hollywood Tonight" and says the album is set to be a classic.

This album "Michael" is the first of ten albums in a reported 250 million (US) dollar deal between Sony and the Jackson estate.

Cindy Martin, Reuters