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Paul Anka -- Michael 'Stole' from Me

10/12/2009 9:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's the quickest resolution in Hollywood history: Paul Anka says the special administrators of Michael Jackson's estate gave him a 50% cut of "This Is It" ... after he said Michael "stole" the original recordings from his studio back in the 80s.


Paul also said John McClain told him, "Now we know why the song was so good ... it wasn't the type of Michael Jackson song that he could write."

Anka said he was humbled by the compliment.

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Kent    

Paul Anka's "My Way" was "STOLEN" from Frenchman Claude François, it was originaly titled "Comme d'habitude".

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77.

alreadybad    

Thank you, Scott and Kent. Well done!

1648 days ago
78.

Water    

I am very confused and lonely sometimes I post and answer myself

1648 days ago
79.

Jill    

If McClain really said that Michael couldn't write a song this good, then all I can say is shut the hell up McClain and just do your job. You are working for the Michael Jackson estate!! If you can't handle the responsibility, step down. Your bad, btw. You should have known Michael and Anka co wrote this song BEFORE you released it as the song tied so intimately to the This Is It movie.

1648 days ago
80.

A.J.    

"Now we know why the song was so good ... it wasn't the type of Michael Jackson song that he could write"

First of all, that is big fat lie in every angle. 2ndly, either Paul Anka is lying or the TMZ team is lying, trying to create sensationalism. Thirdly, why would MJ Administration, whose pay check is dependent on promoting the man and his entertainment industry, say such a negative thing? MJ had a successful career writings songs so shut your trash up and hire me to make-up more believable stories.

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81.

randi    

I grew up with Paul Anka music, it was okay back than but absolutely no comparison to Michael's. Don't even put yourself in the same category as Michael, Paul, you don't fit.
You made money off of a Sony, McClain, Branca screw up.
The song isn't that great, Michael rejected it if you can remember back that far.
Michael's music is by far better than yours, remember that.

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HATERS ARE DESPERATE!    


45. Mclain who side are on, how dare you insults MJ, Paul there is no need diminish the massive talent of The Emperor of Music. Michael Jackson crossed artistic genre’s with his innovative music videos, constant change of musical styling ie rock, hip-hop, r&b, classical,…I think you get the point. As far as bringing together different races, genders,ages, social-economic, and ESPECIALLY International people, Michael Jackson had and still has some of the largest following in the music industry today.

He has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, BOTH WHILE HE WAS ACTUALLY ALIVE. You cant deny that Thriller is the biggest selling album of all time by a solo artist, and no other album has been able to come close to it other than the Eagles and theirs was just a greatest hits album.

And Jackson also was a great humanitarian, even going as far as doing a world tour and giving millions to charities from that tour. He even spoke at Oxford University to raise awareness of the downward spiral of family life today, among various other charitable acts. $300 million given to charities all over the world cannot be denied.


Michael Jackson’s music from the start was in depth and meaningful to life. Let’s not talk about his dancing which he imitated the best and than turned around and perfected what we imagined was already perfect, no wonder Fred Astaire one of the greatest dancers spoke of Michael as being a great dancer.

Paul you need Listen to Michaels’ music and than stop and listen to the WORDS, he sings WORDS, just a WORD becomes a song. Listen to the song “Music and Me, Heaven Can Wait” “Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone” “Speechless” “Butterflies”. At the end of “Speechless” you think you are listening to an instrument listen closely because it is his beautiful voice. In “Heaven Can Wait” listen to how he sings the word “No”, you never knew that word could sound so beautiful. Michael songs all tend to be of different subject matters crossing the vast interests of peoples hearts. His songs cannot be predicted in what they are going to be about. I my self am still discovering his music and the DIFFERENT sounds and meaning his songs take on.

Paul you could never match Michael in singing, in sound, in dancing or in humanitarian actions and simply loving people.


Posted at 9:13PM on Oct 12th 2009 by shaz
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1648 days ago
83.

gene yuss    

if anything, mj was doing paul anka a favor, writing with an old washed up artist to make him look relevant again.. dude, dementia is settling in

1648 days ago
84.

Overitall    

I thought Paul Anka was dead? He sure crawled out of the wood work to claim his "share" of MJ's money now that he is gone. It's just sickening. Who cares where he got it. Does it really matter in the grand scheme? Paul why don't you put out something then? Remake a MJ song...then you can call it even and crawl back under the rock you came from.

1648 days ago
85.

scissors    

Right on Paul! Party on! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

1648 days ago
86.

mary    

Paul Anka is a wonderful,talented songwriter....maybe the best,however I feel it was in poor taste to reveal that comment at the end about Michael's songwriting.Michael wrote 'Gone to Soon' which is far superior to 'This Is It',so perhaps Paul needs to get his ego in check.I am glad it is all resolved though.

1648 days ago
87.

emily    

all I know is that Michael has just kicked sony's ass BIG TIME!
hahahha

1648 days ago
88.

Jill    

wow. 75 songs for Paul Anka and I still don't know who he is. I just asked a few of my friends, my neighbor, etc. and they don't know him either. Well, one friend thought he was the guy from the old Hollywood Squares, but that was actually Paul Lynn. So, this has been good for his career since I don't think he is the icon that Michael Jackson was/is.

1648 days ago
89.

Hypocrites    

HA HA HA LOOK AT THESE MJ FOOLS CAN'T HANDLE IT!!!! PAUL BUSTED MJ ON THAT SONG AND NOW THEY ATTACK PAUL. MAN THIS IS SO FUNNY. I JUST LOVING THIS.

TO THE HATERS,

LOOK AT THESE CRYING FOOLS, PAUL BUSTED MJ SINGING THAT SONG. MJ CAN'T EVEN MAKE A COME BACK IN DEATH. BUT WE NOW CAN ADD THIEF TO HIS LONG GOING LIST OF THINGS MJ HAS DONE WRONG!!!

1648 days ago
90.

nan    

how do you steal something if you both own it.if anka had posesson would he have stole it from mj .real poor choice of words from a very accomplished man.made him sound jealous or forgotten.very bitter.at any rate give the man the money and next time sony ,branca and jacksons do your homework.stop being in a hurry to make the cash off mj

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