NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Controversy always seems to dog Michael Jackson. Now, even a year after his death, the authenticity of the posthumous single "Breaking News" is in question. Some of Jackson's family members think it's a fake.
But the late legend's longtime producer and manager says it is indeed Jackson's voice on the newly released track.
"When I heard these songs, my heart cried hearing Michael again in good spirits," Jackson's longtime producer, Teddy Riley, said Wednesday in a statement to The Associated Press.. "The vocals sounded very polished, very on key and processed. I have no doubts that these are Michael's vocals,"
"Breaking News" is the first song off "MICHAEL," due out Dec. 14. It's the first album of unreleased Jackson material to hit store shelves since Jackson's death.
Representatives for Epic Records, Jackson's label, say Jackson not only co-wrote the song in 2007 but also co-produced it with Eddie Cascio and James Porte. It made its debut on michaeljackson.com on Monday.
Some Jackson family members voiced their outrage via Twitter.
Jackson's nephews, Taryll, Taj and TJ Jackson, tweeted this week that their uncle's voice isn't the one featured on the song.
"I KNOW my Uncle's voice and something's seriously wrong when you have immediate FAMILY saying it's not him," wrote Taryll Jackson. "Don't you have to wonder why? I have strong, undeniable points. They can't give me answers, yet continue to move forward with lies and deception. Sounding like Michael Jackson and BEING Michael Jackson are two different things."
So what do the Jackson brothers, who have been recording with Michael since their Jackson Five days, think of this?
Michael Jackson's brother Jackie also took to Twitter this week, and while he did not call the song a fraud, he did voice concerns.
"My friend John McClain and I have insisted for many weeks to have certain tracks removed from Michael's new album," wrote Jackson about McClain, who is co-executor of Jackson's estate. "Unfortunately, our concerns were not taken seriously."
However, Riley, who worked with Jackson on the albums "Dangerous," "HIStory," "Invincible" and other projects, said he had the family's support on the production of the album.
"I did what Michael would expect of me with the tools I had to work with (vocal tracks of Michael). This is his legacy," he said. "Let it live."