Eight years ago, on November 8th, 2010, Sony Music and the Estate of Michael Jackson ignored the express wishes of the Jackson family, Michael’s collaborators and his loyal fans. They released a track that they falsely stated was sung by the King of Pop, the Eddie Cascio and James Porte produced ‘Breaking News’. Five weeks later, the song and two other fakes were commercially released on an album sold to millions of fans around the world. The album, ‘Michael’, is still available for purchase through physical and digital retailers, bringing continual profits to those who were complicit in the fraud.
The time has come to once again raise our voice as one and remind Sony Music and the Estate that we will not stand for such disrespect and vandalism of Michael Jackson’s artistic legacy. Demand change. Demand they #RemoveCascioTracksNOW. We will continue our call to action through December 14th, the eight year anniversary of the ‘Michael’ album’s release, at which time we will request a formal response from Sony & the Estate. If sending an email, include the following recipients.
Sony Music CEO
Rob Stringer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Michael Jackson Estate Co-Executors
John Branca (email@example.com)
John McClain (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Michael Jackson Estate & Sony Music Attorneys
Howard Weitzman (email@example.com)
Zia Modabber (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For sample email text, please feel free to personalise the below.
Dear Rob, John, John, Howard and Zia,
December 14th will mark the eighth anniversary since the release of Michael Jackson’s first posthumous album, ‘Michael’.
[Insert name here]
“Cause there’s a time when you’re right and you know you must fight.” – Michael Jackson.