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Anka on Jackson -- They See it My Way

10/12/2009 7:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paul AnkaPaul Anka tells TMZ the people handling Michael Jackson's estate are falling over each other ... apologizing for "ripping-off my song" and offering "anything you want" to make the mess go away.

And, John Branca just told TMZ, "We acknowledge that Michael and Paul wrote this song together."

As we first reported, Anka claims the new Jackson song, "This Is It" is the Michael Jackson track Anka co-wrote with Jackson in 1983, which Jackson originally recorded under the title, "I Never Heard."

Anka tells TMZ he just got off the phone with John McClain, the co-Special Administrator for Jackson's estate. Anka says McClain apologized profusely, saying he knew "Michael couldn't have written this song alone. It's not his style."

Anka says McClain now acknowledges that "This Is It" is really Paul's song, and said, "We'll give you whatever you want, whatever it takes we'll do the right thing."

Anka says he's not trying to hold the estate up but he wants them to be fair.

And how's this ... Anka says McClain asked him to do promotion for the song.

It's Hollywood, folks.

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1.

Karen    

WTF EVER!All he wants is $$$$ or he wouldnt even put it out there he would have delt with it in private.

1801 days ago
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Michelle    

HE should be glad to be even in the same sentace as Michael jackson...he seems like hes just after money so he should go after Sony Not michael.. michael would not have put his out...another leech sucking mj essestate dry... when is it going to end? is Michale the only celebritey on earth? Dam how about focusing on Maurry an polanski..

1801 days ago
3.

Sue Wong    

The old man just hit the Jackson lottery!!

1801 days ago
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Sandy    

Well, Anka's got rights. Does he still own a restaurant called 'jubilation' in vegas. I used to work with Paul's sister in law Judi Abraham and his cousin Robert Abraham both in Toronto. Anyway, I think the song is not very good anyway, unfortunately.

1801 days ago
5.

seeking the truth    

Its all Sony's fault and now the 2 John's are acting frantic - great! Michael hated Sony and was a perfectionist, the reason he hadn't released it is probably because he thought it wasn't up to standard. I really dislike how they are putting his values aside for any cash they can now.

1801 days ago
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Hypocrites    

Take all MJ's money. That's what they get teach them a lesson

1801 days ago
7.

Water    

Yeah go after those thieves dead or alive

1801 days ago
8.

MiMi    

OMG

Now McClain is saying the song is not Michaels style? If it was not Michaels style then why did they use it for the movie?

Dumb @%%#^&^*$

1801 days ago
9.

Stop Milking his name    

He did not have to call MJ a thief. MJ is ALSO a co-writer, therefore he owns the song. Just like Anka.

Just because his estate messed up and did not get proper clearance does not mean MJ is a thief.

he is not here to defend himself, but believe me, his fans will.

I will not buy the song if Anka will get money off it. he is a loser for calling MJ a thief.
Knowing MJ is a well known and well respected songwriter in his own right.

1801 days ago
10.

carmen    

What sucks is that Paul Anka is still alive and not MJ.

1801 days ago
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MJ    

4. HE should be glad to be even in the same sentace as Michael jackson...he seems like hes just after money so he should go after Sony Not michael.. michael would not have put his out...another leech sucking mj essestate dry... when is it going to end? is Michale the only celebritey on earth? Dam how about focusing on Maurry an polanski..

Posted at 6:26PM on Oct 12th 2009 by Michelle
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I agree with you, still picking up on MJ's bones shame on this hollyood bastards.

1801 days ago
12.

Lilarose    

Paul Anka has been recording since before Michael Jackson was in diapers. Those of you who offer negative comments about Paul Anka are trash, IMO.

#4 Michelle - you are a total immature basket case and need to get off drugs, learn to type and spell, and GROW UP! I sure hope you aren't raising babies!



1801 days ago
13.

Missy    

sony should be blamed not Michael! Anka go after sony!!!

1801 days ago
14.

whats up Doctors    

Paul Anka is good man, All he wants is fair share. If it were anyone else, they would try to hold up the estate for big bucks. Can you imagine if one of Michael's siblings co-wrote that song, they would be sueing their own brothers estate for big bucks, and that is no lie, Greedy bastards

1801 days ago
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A.J.    

Blood suckers. This is the kind of crap MJ kids are going to be facing in the future. Poor kids, I hope they find peace with inheriting this massive empire. Mo Money Mo Problems

1801 days ago
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