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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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I definitely know that Paul Anka is dillusional now because it was Michael's song just as well as his. For god's sake Paul don't even have a heart to let it go to Michael. I mean Michael is not even cold in the tomb and this old fool just needs money, and where else to look but og course my beloved Michael Jackson. These people hear Michael 's name and they see money signs. As for Branca they need to get rid of him he is a shady character anyway. Michael was a beautiful, loving, caring person and people are just taking advantage of that still when does it ever stop! Greedy suckers! Should be ashamed of yourself Paul Anka big man like you squeezing money from Michael's estate that 50% should go to his beautiful children. Rest in peace my MJ! I love you more!

1805 days ago



I just heard that Michael has been nominated for "5" American Music Awards, How befitting for The King of Pop to recieve this recognition...If Michael Jackson is the recipient, I would love to see his "Son" Prince Michael recieve any award on behalf of his beloved father.. Jermaine needs to take a back seat, let his children begin to understand there Daddy's true greatness... Pass the mantle to his son "Prince"

If Anak picks it up for "This Is It" he's obligated to
recieve the award with Michael's son "Prince"

1805 days ago


Hey Paul didn't have to go there. Get your half, but you don't have to bad mouth Michael. Michael wrote lot of hits. He didn't need to cowrite with you to write a good song. Aren't you lucky he did? Because that song went no where with Safire. Now you'll finally make money. And why? Because Michaels VOICE is on it. You just went down a notch or two in my book. As a matter a fact since you said what you said I won't buy that damned thing so now you get 50% of nothing from me. I'll find a free download and only because Michael's VOICE is on that song. Like another poster said, its a weak-a$$ song and Michael didn't want to WRITE a song that weak. Only his vocals make it anything. You had your 15 minutes. Now go back into obscurity. The mark of class is not badmouthing somebody else to make yourself look better and oh McClain is an attorney. Not a music critic. They are a bunch of liars anyway. And only said what he did, to keep you from suing their a$$es$ or I should the estate, meaning less money for them. So don't flatter yourself. A-hole.

1804 days ago


Dead man tell no tales. We may never know the truth. Perhaps Paul Anka has made no contribution to this song, but might have known about it from discussions with Michael. He hasn't proven that he co-wrote the song, but Michael's estate might just want to avoid controversy, especially when Michael's records are flying off the shelf.

The whole world knows that MJ is a legendary song writer and a musical visionary and perfectionist. I don't see him and Paul Anka writing the same lyrics, uh uh. Paul McCarty yes, Paul Anka, no.

1799 days ago
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