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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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91.

Duh    

Posted at 9:58PM on Oct 12th 2009 by HATERS RULE


It must take an awful lot of energy to hate a dead man! Haters don't rule; they are sad, pathetic creatures to be pitied because by hating Michael (who I'd venture to say you don't know much about) you are using up precious space in your heart to love, to laugh, to enjoy life and other people. But that little black lump of flesh that beats in your chest won't let you, and I for one feel sorry for you. Honestly. Sometimes I get riled up by you haters, but when I think about it, how lonely and sad must your life be to pick on a dead man and the people who love him. It's really, really sad.

1773 days ago
92.

Hypocrites    

Music Facts


How many songs has Paul Anka recorded?
He has recorded over 900 songs and more than 124 albums in five different languages. Since the inception of his career, his songs have been performed well over 90 million times worldwide (BMI statistic) and his LP and single sales collectively number more than 42 million (BMI Statistic).

Where does Paul rank in terms of achievement compared to other recording artists?
Mr. Anka has also been named the 21st most successful artist in Billboard’s history, putting him alongside music greats Elvis Presley and the Beatles. Not to mention, he set a career milestone by being one of only a few artists in history to have a record on Billboard’s Top 50 charts for five consecutive decades (Billboard statistic).

How many number one records has Paul had?
Paul has had three #1 records with: ‘Diana’, ‘Lonely Boy’, and ‘Having My Baby’; Overall in his career he has totaled (12) Top 10 hits, (22) Top 20 hits, and (33) Top 40 hits (in the U.S alone), with five Top 20 hits under his belt before the age of 18!

Who else has recorded ‘My Way’?
‘MY WAY’ has been recorded and performed by: Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Sid Vicious, Nina Simone, Gypsy Kings, Julio Iglesias, and most recently, U.K. sensation, Robbie Williams.

Has he ever written with other songwriters?
Yes. Paul has collaborated with David Foster; Carol Bayer Sager; Richard Marx; Michael Jackson; Michael McDonald, Sammy Cahn and many more.

What other artists have recorded his songs over the years?
Buddy Holly (It Doesn’t Matter Anymore); Annette Funicello (Puppy Love); Donny Osmond (Puppy Love and Lonely Boy); Barbra Streisand (Jubilation); Tom Jones (She’s A Lady); Sammy Davis Jr. (I’m Not Anyone); Frank Sinatra (Let Me Try Again and of course My Way), and most recently, Canadian sensation, Michael Buble (Put Your Head On My Shoulder), to name a few….

Does Paul ever collaborate with other songwriters?
David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Richard Marx, Michael Jackson, Michael McDonald, Sammy Cahn and many others. He most recently served as Executive Producer on Canadian platinum artist, Michael Buble’s debut album

Has Paul ever recorded in other languages?
He has recorded more than ten albums in Japanese, German, Spanish, French and Italian. His most recent, a Spanish duets album titled, Amigos, featuring duets with Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Julio Iglesias and many more. To date he has sold more than 15 million albums and over 3 million singles of the Italian song ‘Ogni Volta’.

Has Paul ever written music for films?
Paul wrote songs for the 1959 film titled, ‘Girlstown’, as well as composing the theme song to the 1962 film, ‘The Longest Day’ which was nominated for an Academy Award; He also wrote the theme song for ‘Atlantic City’ (Louis Malle’s 1980’s film), and wrote songs for the 1987 Kevin Costner film, ‘No Way Out.’ Additionally, his songs have appeared in countless films over the years.

How many times was the ‘Tonight Show theme’ song performed?
The ‘Tonight Show Theme’ was performed over 1,400,000 times since 1962, making it one of the most recognized theme songs in history.

Has Paul’s music ever been used in a TV show?
A Japanese Series, titled ‘The Golden Bowl, was created solely around his music for the second largest TV market in the world, featuring eight Paul Anka songs in every episode. His songs have also appeared in countless TV episodes over the years, too many to count!

How often does Paul go on tour?
Paul and his band are on tour roughly 35 weeks out of the year.

1773 days ago
93.

cindee    

EXCUSE ME, PAUL

Let's get this straight .....
Michael didn't steal anything from you
You and Michael wrote this song over 30
years ago that you both collaboratored
on, So it's as much Michael's as it yours
With all butt-kissing coming from the
MJJ Administrators...
Personally... its sounds like classic
Michael "his style"
Read the posts when it first came out
here on TMZ

1773 days ago
94.

alreadybad    

@way to go
You can put 100 songs up here and there is still no comparison. Anka getting paid still does not change the fact that Micheal totally rejected the song. Another poster has already put up the copyright information showing MICHAEL JACKSON did in fact have rights to the song. But besides all that, this was a song put out there to benefit the brothers (getting paid for their background vocals), it was messy (Randy and Joe)the way it even came about and now look what has happened. Michael Jackson fans loved the song, but know something was wrong with it and they also know Michael would NOT have put it out like that. Now, knowing that Anka has purposely attempted to tarnish Michael's name, his royalties will not not amount to what he thinks they will. Michael has other songs people will buy Can you say backlash with a capitol B? This may be the first good example of the strength of the Michael Jackson fans to protect his legacy. BACKLASH.

1773 days ago
95.

janalal4    

(Smack!!) Ouch! Michael stole the tapes?? I have this image of things getting all huffy & Michael actually grabbing the tapes & hi-tailing it out the door! lol! Ahhh, give the man his 50%, he's due. Doesn't MJ have about a gazillion the vault anyway?

1773 days ago
96.

shuffler    

Posted at 9:57PM on Oct 12th 2009 by 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.
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It was in poor taste for Paul to say that, I feel, but Michael didn't write "Gone Too Soon". Check the credits for that song in your Dangerous CD.

Just had to clarify that.


1773 days ago
97.

hottopics    

I guess the world got it wrong - Paul Anka is the real King of Pop.

1773 days ago
98.

Duh    

101. (Smack!!) Ouch! Michael stole the tapes?? I have this image of things getting all huffy & Michael actually grabbing the tapes & hi-tailing it out the door! lol! Ahhh, give the man his 50%, he's due. Doesn't MJ have about a gazillion the vault anyway?

Posted at 10:06PM on Oct 12th 2009 by janalal4


Hi Janalal4! I couldn't agree with you more! And to those wondering why it took so long for him to speak up - we don't know, we weren't there, but I would guess that it was a case of "out of sight out of mind", meaning he didn't think about it until he heard This is It. That doesn't make him a monster, he should get paid for his work, no longer how long it has been. And I agree with whoever said Michael probably didn't steal it, but was protecting his vocal tracks by putting the tape away since he wasn't going to use it. Nothing to see here, folks, move along.

1773 days ago
99.

alreadybad    

It was in poor taste for Paul to say that, I feel, but Michael didn't write "Gone Too Soon". Check the credits for that song in your Dangerous CD.

Just had to clarify that.


Posted at 10:09PM on Oct 12th 2009 by shuffler

___________________________________________________________
WTF, so what, nobody's talking about that here.

1773 days ago
100.

Ironic    

@ shuffler - Mike DID write "Gone too Soon" for Ryan White. You should check your credits...

1773 days ago
101.

nan    

i tried paul anka offical website but the contact us button is no longer in service.i hope he comes out and says he used a poor choice of words when it comes to stealing.they really put a bummer ont he movie comming out .i like mj old stuff anyway.this movie is just leaving a bad taste in ones mouth..greed its depressing.the lawyer realized they f..ked up so they insulted mj to appease anka .forget it .ill be watching mj on youtube...and before people jump on me..yes paul anka is a great artist..but like mj said great artist dont have to put other artists down.

1773 days ago
102.

Duh    

104. I guess the world got it wrong - Paul Anka is the real King of Pop.



Posted at 10:11PM on Oct 12th 2009 by nevermind


I grew up listening to Paul Anka - I had no choice, my mother played his records over and over. I would say, not the King of Pop, more like the King of Easy Listening. He is a very talented man, just different than Michael in his style of writing. While I do not begrudge him his prolific songwriting, singing, having others record his work, etc, he was NOT MICHAEL. Michael was unique. There aren't many artists that could do Michael's songs - they just wouldn't sound right.

Next time you are in an elevator and you hear the Muzak, you just might be listening to Paul Anka.

1773 days ago
103.

dee    

No one was insulting Michael. Saying this song was not his style of writing is not an insult. It's clearly more Paul Anka's style of writing. Anka was writing great songs for many artists long before anyone knew who Michael Jackson was including "My Way" for Frank Sinatra and the theme song for Johnny Carson. And he did it without drugs. I'd take Paul's worst song over Michael's best song any day. If they were both alive and doing a concert on the same day, it would be a no brainer. I'd see Paul. Btw, Paul Lynn, the name was Paul Lynde.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2009/10/12/paul-anka-i-get-half/7#ixzz0TmGvdGPL

1773 days ago
104.

Hypocrites    

98. Music Facts


How many songs has Paul Anka recorded?
He has recorded over 900 songs and more than 124 albums in five different languages. Since the inception of his career, his songs have been performed well over 90 million times worldwide (BMI statistic) and his LP and single sales collectively number more than 42 million (BMI Statistic).

Where does Paul rank in terms of achievement compared to other recording artists?
Mr. Anka has also been named the 21st most successful artist in Billboard’s history, putting him alongside music greats Elvis Presley and the Beatles. Not to mention, he set a career milestone by being one of only a few artists in history to have a record on Billboard’s Top 50 charts for five consecutive decades (Billboard statistic).

How many number one records has Paul had?
Paul has had three #1 records with: ‘Diana’, ‘Lonely Boy’, and ‘Having My Baby’; Overall in his career he has totaled (12) Top 10 hits, (22) Top 20 hits, and (33) Top 40 hits (in the U.S alone), with five Top 20 hits under his belt before the age of 18!

Who else has recorded ‘My Way’?
‘MY WAY’ has been recorded and performed by: Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Sid Vicious, Nina Simone, Gypsy Kings, Julio Iglesias, and most recently, U.K. sensation, Robbie Williams.

Has he ever written with other songwriters?
Yes. Paul has collaborated with David Foster; Carol Bayer Sager; Richard Marx; Michael Jackson; Michael McDonald, Sammy Cahn and many more.

What other artists have recorded his songs over the years?
Buddy Holly (It Doesn’t Matter Anymore); Annette Funicello (Puppy Love); Donny Osmond (Puppy Love and Lonely Boy); Barbra Streisand (Jubilation); Tom Jones (She’s A Lady); Sammy Davis Jr. (I’m Not Anyone); Frank Sinatra (Let Me Try Again and of course My Way), and most recently, Canadian sensation, Michael Buble (Put Your Head On My Shoulder), to name a few….

Does Paul ever collaborate with other songwriters?
David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Richard Marx, Michael Jackson, Michael McDonald, Sammy Cahn and many others. He most recently served as Executive Producer on Canadian platinum artist, Michael Buble’s debut album

Has Paul ever recorded in other languages?
He has recorded more than ten albums in Japanese, German, Spanish, French and Italian. His most recent, a Spanish duets album titled, Amigos, featuring duets with Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Julio Iglesias and many more. To date he has sold more than 15 million albums and over 3 million singles of the Italian song ‘Ogni Volta’.

Has Paul ever written music for films?
Paul wrote songs for the 1959 film titled, ‘Girlstown’, as well as composing the theme song to the 1962 film, ‘The Longest Day’ which was nominated for an Academy Award; He also wrote the theme song for ‘Atlantic City’ (Louis Malle’s 1980’s film), and wrote songs for the 1987 Kevin Costner film, ‘No Way Out.’ Additionally, his songs have appeared in countless films over the years.

How many times was the ‘Tonight Show theme’ song performed?
The ‘Tonight Show Theme’ was performed over 1,400,000 times since 1962, making it one of the most recognized theme songs in history.

Has Paul’s music ever been used in a TV show?
A Japanese Series, titled ‘The Golden Bowl, was created solely around his music for the second largest TV market in the world, featuring eight Paul Anka songs in every episode. His songs have also appeared in countless TV episodes over the years, too many to count!

How often does Paul go on tour?
Paul and his band are on tour roughly 35 weeks out of the year.



Posted at 10:04PM on Oct 12th 2009 by karma rules



LOOKS LIKE PAUL HAS DONE WAY MORE THE MJ CAN EVER IMAGINE. WAY TO PAUL......

1773 days ago
105.

danger baby    

Anka's an ass and McClain should be removed as Special Administrator if that is what he thinks of MJ. Michael JOHNSON?? I mean, really, Anka. If your memory is that awful, how can we believe your claim?

MJ co-wrote the song, and NEWSFLASH, if he weren't singing it no one would know of it to this day.

Takes a lot of NERVE to now claim he stole it from you. I won't buy it. Count me OUT.

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