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MJ Camp -- It Ain't Just Michael's Song

10/12/2009 7:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

John Branca, the special administrator for Michael Jackson's estate tells TMZ Paul Anka is right -- "This Is It" was not written by MJ alone, it was co-written with Paul Anka.

Paul Anka

Branca and his people are negotiating a settlement with Paul Anka's lawyer.

Branca tells TMZ, "We acknowledge that Michael and Paul wrote this song together."

As we first reported, the other special administrator, John McClain, told Anka "We'll give you whatever you want, whatever it takes we'll do the right thing."

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31.

Cathy    

Oh, for heaven's sake, this is really effed up. Of course Paul Anka is gonna complain as well he SHOULD! He co-wrote the song, and it was RELEASED 20 EFFING YEARS AGO -- and SONY ACTED LIKE THEY HAD NO CLUE!!!!!!!! Ridiculous. Of course Sony knew. And so did Branca. How could he NOT??????? If they/he didn't, they must be real morons! I don't blame Paul - I blame Sony and Branca/McClain! The only conclusion I can come to is that Sony did this on purpose knowing the fallout. They WANTED the fallout for publicity -- even if it was bad publicity. they figured it would promote the song. Really sleazy. Why couldn't they choose another song since Michael supposedly only released about 20% of the songs he recorded? This whole situation is ridiculous. We were not born yesterday. Fans know exactly what is going on.

1648 days ago
32.

sweetneke    

just like harvey and his sidekick and some of the rest of you to blame michael jackson and his family for this michael is dead he didn't release this song his executors did yes those two that are looking out for michael's estate the ones that are stealing his estate from his family mcclain was said to help co produce this him and john branca sony released it now the estate is going to lose millions because these two were trying to run a scam just like stealing michael jacksons estate except they got caught but yet havey and his sidekick wants to blame this on michael and the jacksons too. havry just knows katherine isn't going be a executor i guess he would he's a jew lawyer judge beckoff is a jew judge and blanca is a jew lawyer and wouldn't you know harvy just got off the phone together and one thing jews are good for is ripping black folks off and always claiming that they have done the most for blacks yeah that's why you keep on stealing our money you will do anything to make the jacksons look bad and try to make branca look good this man tried to steal and bankrupt michael once before and now he's doing it again he's the theft not michael he just got caught cause this was a white man he was trying to steal from not a blk one

1648 days ago
33.

randi    

Nice going Sony and Branca/McClain. How dumb can you be?
Branca, you knew about this song during the Thriller days, your excuse that you listened to too many songs is a lie.
I hope Sony pays through the nose and I feel the executors should be responsible for the other 1/2. Why should it come out of the Jackson money, Branca you are in charge of the estate.
Better get your head out of your a%% and do your job
Sony, this shows how greedy you are, but, hahahahaha, this is going to bite you in the azz. I hope this costs you a lot of money

1648 days ago
34.

hoocheekoo    

So is Michael going to be blamed for releasing this song from the grave? Tabloids ready? I'm waiting.....

1648 days ago
35.

LuvMJbad    

27. MJ never wrote a song in his life. He was not only verbally illiterate but musically ignorant, not knowing how to read sheet music or how to play any instruments. Any of his song credits were ghost-written by stooges who were paid for their efforts.
Paul should sue and file to block the estate's admin.
Oh, and the song sucks either way, but that won't stop all the creepy MJ fans from buying it.
Losers.

Posted at 7:16PM on Oct 12th 2009 by Slutty Whores Rock
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SERIOUSLY???????? Where on earth did you get that information? MJ wrote most all of his songs and was beyond brilliant. He was so talented, beyond anything we have ever seen or ever will for that matter. He was a genious in dance and in his singing. He proved that you don't have to be able to read music nor play an instrument to be an amazing talent. If you are going to make a statement make sure that you can back it up with real facts. I have been a fan for over 30 years and can argue a point with facts at any given time. I know that responding to haters is just a waste of time, but I am sick of people attacking MJ without any merit. Rest in Peace our beloved King of Pop. I will love and miss you forever!

1648 days ago
36.

a fan    

Paul is not a good man. He called MJ a thief. MJ is dead and he did not steal the song. It was from the 80s in a box and just MJ sining and playing the piano with diff words. Paul could have handled this whole thing privately. Instead he generated negative publicity and not ruined the song for MJ today to squeeze Sony for big bucks. He created an unnecessary controversy and drug MJ's name through the mud. He is just as greedy as all the rest of them. He did not care if he destroyed MJ's reputation or his legacy or his movie.

1648 days ago
37.

Alexa    


Excuse me to the ignorant RACIST moron who said Mike did not write his own songs just because he didnt read sheet music. FYI, JOHN LENNON and PAUL MC CARTNEY both DON'T know how to read nor write sheet music. Same thing with Michael Jackson. You should really think before opening your mouth!

Maybe you are mixing up history here because its Elvis who never wrote his own songs, coz he never knew how to compose (no offense to Elvis, he was handsome).

Do you think Michael would have won all those copyrights lawsuits from people wanting to steal his songs for money IF HE REALLY DIDNT WRITE THOSE SONGS? Michael WON all copyrights lawsuits against him for several songs including The Girl is Mine which he co-wrote with Paul Mc Cartney while staying at Mccartney's place. And yet someone CLAIMED he co-wrote Michael's part in Girl is Mine. Someone also claimed he wrote WE ARE THE WORLD which Michael wrote while he was with Lionel Richie in a studio! Needless to say, Michael won these lawsuits because HE COMPOSED THE SONGS PERIOD! He did everything:
choreography, lyric composition, beatboxed his whole song melody to the musicians (he's the BEST Ive seen when it comes to beatboxing) and conceptualized his music videos. Thats why he has 200+ MUSIC AWARDS and thats why he is called KING!

1648 days ago
38.

HATERS ARE DESPERATE!    


KARMA coming back already to BITE SONY -- LESS MONEY FOR SONY!!!!!

SONY and BRANCA team MESSING UP right before our very eyes!!!!

1648 days ago
39.

Hypocrites    

Mj can't even make a come when he's dead. ha ha ha ha

1648 days ago
40.

MJ    

39.
Excuse me to the ignorant RACIST moron who said Mike did not write his own songs just because he didnt read sheet music. FYI, JOHN LENNON and PAUL MC CARTNEY both DON'T know how to read nor write sheet music. Same thing with Michael Jackson. You should really think before opening your mouth!

Maybe you are mixing up history here because its Elvis who never wrote his own songs, coz he never knew how to compose (no offense to Elvis, he was handsome).

Do you think Michael would have won all those copyrights lawsuits from people wanting to steal his songs for money IF HE REALLY DIDNT WRITE THOSE SONGS? Michael WON all copyrights lawsuits against him for several songs including The Girl is Mine which he co-wrote with Paul Mc Cartney while staying at Mccartney's place. And yet someone CLAIMED he co-wrote Michael's part in Girl is Mine. Someone also claimed he wrote WE ARE THE WORLD which Michael wrote while he was with Lionel Richie in a studio! Needless to say, Michael won these lawsuits because HE COMPOSED THE SONGS PERIOD! He did everything:
choreography, lyric composition, beatboxed his whole song melody to the musicians (he's the BEST Ive seen when it comes to beatboxing) and conceptualized his music videos. Thats why he has 200+ MUSIC AWARDS and thats why he is called KING!

Posted at 7:39PM on Oct 12th 2009 by Alan

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Amen to that

1648 days ago
41.

travis    

Why would Michael steal a song he co-wrote with someone? Read the article properly people! Michael is dead, he is not stealing music jeeze. This song was written by the both of them, and Sony made the mistake by not crediting Anka on the single.

1648 days ago
42.

HATERS ARE DESPERATE!    

39.
Excuse me to the ignorant RACIST moron who said Mike did not write his own songs just because he didnt read sheet music. FYI, JOHN LENNON and PAUL MC CARTNEY both DON'T know how to read nor write sheet music. Same thing with Michael Jackson. You should really think before opening your mouth!

Maybe you are mixing up history here because its Elvis who never wrote his own songs, coz he never knew how to compose (no offense to Elvis, he was handsome).

Do you think Michael would have won all those copyrights lawsuits from people wanting to steal his songs for money IF HE REALLY DIDNT WRITE THOSE SONGS? Michael WON all copyrights lawsuits against him for several songs including The Girl is Mine which he co-wrote with Paul Mc Cartney while staying at Mccartney's place. And yet someone CLAIMED he co-wrote Michael's part in Girl is Mine. Someone also claimed he wrote WE ARE THE WORLD which Michael wrote while he was with Lionel Richie in a studio! Needless to say, Michael won these lawsuits because HE COMPOSED THE SONGS PERIOD! He did everything:
choreography, lyric composition, beatboxed his whole song melody to the musicians (he's the BEST Ive seen when it comes to beatboxing) and conceptualized his music videos. Thats why he has 200+ MUSIC AWARDS and thats why he is called KING!

Posted at 7:39PM on Oct 12th 2009 by Alan
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EXCELLENT POST!


1648 days ago
43.

dasanimet    

Oh mine. I just listened to both songs and it is the exact song. It's not MJ song but Paul Anka's. This is egg on their faces. They released a song thinking it belongs to MJ. I'm sure part of the settlement is for Anka to say it was co-written by both of them..but I am thinking it only belongs to Paul Anka

1648 days ago
44.

SHEILAB_UK    

PAUL DONE THE RIGHT THING, I AM A MICHAEL FAN FROM ENGLAND AND STAYED UP LATE LAST NIGHT JUST TO HEAR MICHAEL'S NEW SONG "THIS IS IT" FROM THE TIME I HEARD IT I NEW IT WASN'T RIGHT, IT WAS NOT THE MICHAEL WE KNOW, IT HAD KNOW REFERENCE TO HIS "02 TOUR" THE TYPE OF MUSIC MICHAEL WOULD RECORD FOR 2009, AND I WAS RIGHT. TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH I SENT SONY AN EMAIL SAYING I WAS DISAPPOINTED AND THAT I WOULD LISTEN TO THE MUSIC BUT I WOULD NOT BUY IT. NOTHING HAS SEEMED TO GO RIGHT SINCE MICHAEL DECIDED
TO DO HIS COME BACK TOUR.
I HAD TICKETS TO THE "O2 TOUR" IT DIDNT HAPPEN!!
I HAD TICKETS TO VIENNA IT DIDNT HAPPEN !!!
I WAITED FOR THIS LATEST SONG ONLY TO FIND OUT IT WAS WROTE
25 YEARS AGO, SO IT'S OLD NOT CURRENT AT ALL!!!
WHAT WILL BE NEXT.
I HAVE TICKETS FOR THE MOVIE THAT SONY HAS ADVERTISED AS FANTASTIC LETS HOPE SONY ARE RIGHT ABOUT THAT ONE.

1648 days ago
45.

Cathy    

Sony and Branca are either total retards or they KNEW what was coming on this. Either way, it does not look good for them. Michael was a musical genius who wrote his own songs. He wrote most of "The Girl is Mine" and went to court twice over it and WON. He also wrote most of "We Are the World" and didn't bother pointing that out to the press.

I thought Branca cared about Michael. How could he allow this song to be released knowing that it already WAS released 20 years ago and was co-written by a still-living man???????? Shame on you, Branca!

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