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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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pamela    

How is this Michael Jackson's fault?? He is deceased...Why didn't Sony do research in regards to who wrote the song?? If Sony released the song, them its on them to pay...NOT Michael...

1751 days ago
17.

Hypocrites    

MJ looks like a azz now. Ha Ha Ha

1751 days ago
18.

Kazzar    

If MJ co-wrote this song then it is NOT just Paul Anka's it is MJ's AND Paul Anka's. How can you say its Paul Anka's when he was not the sole writer of this song. Whether it's MJ's style or not he still co-wrote. Geeez!

1751 days ago
19.

A.B.    

8. I agree - since McClain understood it was not Jackson's style, why have it in the movie?

I don't want Anka promoting the song. I want only MJ - without Anka.

Branca and McClain are showing some style apologizing. I hope Anka will be doing the same by not asking millions and millions for his part of the rights.

Btw, Anka has an obnoxious Swedish wife who is now on Swedish television and Swedish tabloids making a fool of herself by being unfriendly and displaying stone age opinions on the duties of women.

1751 days ago
20.

Michelle    

Hey #14 why dont u STFU ok It's Not Michael's Fault it's sony
Who did this...yes he should have Been given his props.. but is should be taken up with sony not Micheal... he didnt do it..

1751 days ago
21.

hottopics    

This has to be the biggest break Anka ever had. He is going to make a ton of money off this.

1751 days ago
22.

just sayen    

and that folks is yet one more reason why you don't live in Cali or Hollywood LOL.
Now dear fans do you get what MJ was trying all along to tell everyone about Sony?! Why he long ago stopped working with his bros.
They just think we the fans will let this injustice go, that we are not watching from every corner of the globe!
RIP our dear beloved Michael your fans will always remain firm in love, stand up for you hand in hand as one world wide crying in one voice.
JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL, HEAL THE WORLD, PEACE & LOVE

1751 days ago
23.

Joy    

Surely this is Sony/AEG's responsibility in taking the flak for this??? How on earth can Michaels estate be held responsible for knowing all this - it was Sony and AEG's legal department who would have known who had the Rights to what songs they could use.
This is what happens when you have folks rushing in to make a quick killing on someone elses misfortune......AEG/Sony trying to ride the crest of the wave of Fans mourning Michaels death by pushing out a film etc........
NO WAY should his Estate be held responsible for this.

1751 days ago
24.

ohboy    

Anka wrote and sang hit after hit. Several of his songs became ANTHEMS. Try "The Tonite Show Theme" for one. The guy has a Bazillion dollars. Remember MJ kool-aid drinkers, there are other stars in the world. Pay up!

1751 days ago
25.

FFJ    

MJ historically recorded every facet of his life, be it photos, video, music. He would have made this demo to go in his private collection because he co-wrote it.. it was never intended for release..just an archive of a song he co-wrote, if he ever would have thought of releasing it, he would have agreed first with Paul Anka, because as you know MJ was one of the most sued artistes regarding songs. So i know he would have dont the right thing. He never intended to release it.

Randy Jackson gave this song to John Mclain to hand over to Sony, apparently he found it in a box, saw This Is It and thought $$$$. John Mclain tried to get MJ back with his bros in 01/02' when he was assisting MJs manager at that time. MJ obviously wouldnt agree to ever do anything with his bros again. Mclain being a friend of Randy got the deal for the bros to sing backup on the Sony released single.. MJ would never have allowed this and they knew it, but that didnt matter cos the $$$ is talking.

This song was obviously took without Randy Jackson, John Mclain, and Sony having the background knowledge of it..They stole the song from Michaels archive.

Therefore i have a question for Randy Jackson, seeing as you was at the Holmby Hills residence on the day MJ died, was it you who stole MJs hardrive, while Dr. Tohmme fired the staff and took the surveillance camera footage, is the hardrive really where the song was found and not a box???

Like iv said all day on here see the This is it single thread, the song and its release, the way it is presented is against everything Michael Jackson was. It was never intended for release, just to be archived in MJs personal historical references of himself. Its all about the $$$$ a quick one at that and tarnishing the name of Michael Jackson in the process.

No wonder John Mclain is panicking offering Anka anything he wants. Of course they just want it to go away. Randy Jackson, John Mclain and Sony are the thieves not Michael Jackson.
Can no one see the ploy of Sony and crew, they knew this song would get slated because its a demo..they want to tarnish MJ all over again.. Remember MJs sony speech...but $$$ screams at these people, they want the estate to stay in debt so when that catalogue is up for review we know where its going to go...Pay attention folks.
Bet Randy Jackson is sweating!!

I hope Michael is orchestrating this from the heavens, he always said he would outthink them, looks like Sony and Co are being shown for the greedy robbing underhanded crooks they really are.


Seems to me karma is a bitch!!

1751 days ago
26.

Guitar    

14. 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.

Posted at 6:31PM on Oct 12th 2009 by Lilarose in Oregon

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2009/10/12/paul-anka-michael-jackson-this-is-it-i-never-heard-sony-john-mcclain/#comments#ixzz0TlQ37XN3

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Mr. Michael Jackson Worked with Mr. Paul Anka because in his own rights Paul was one of the great song writers, their styles are opposing, Paul was Donny Osmond-ish who Michael competed to out-produce, Branca' can, will and must split accreditation, as Michael would have, happens in music all the time.

All haters read this "Easy to Be Hard"

How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be hard
Easy to be cold

How can people have no feelings
How can they ignore their friends
Easy to be proud
Easy to say no

And especially people
Who care about strangers
Who care about evil
And social injustice
Do you only
Care about the bleeding crowd?
How about a needing friend?
I need a friend

How can people be so heartless
You know I'm hung up on you
Easy to give in
Easy to help out

And especially people
Who care about strangers
Who say they care about social injustice
Do you only
Care about the bleeding crowd
How about a needing friend?
I need a friend

How can people have no feelings
How can they ignore their friends
Easy to be hard
Easy to be cold
Easy to be proud
Easy to say no

1751 days ago
27.

danica    

Paul Anka is a complete moron. Why would he call TMZ and whine about this instead of going directly to the estate? It seems he wants to get his name in the papers. Ridiculous and unprofessional!
It's true it looks like the estate dropped the ball on this one but for Anka to run to a tabloid it shows he is just self-serving. The estate's response took the high road.
No more Paul Anka music for me.

1751 days ago
28.

Hypocrites    

22. Hey #14 why dont u STFU ok It's Not Michael's Fault it's sony
Who did this...yes he should have Been given his props.. but is should be taken up with sony not Micheal... he didnt do it..

Posted at 6:37PM on Oct 12th 2009 by Michelle


Don't matter MJ's estate has to deal with it. To bad so sad. ha ha ha

1751 days ago
29.

denise    

How can the song suddenly be "not Michael's style" when just the other day, they were touting it as the song that would prove Michael was one of God's great creations? That was their exact words. Michael is dead but unfortunately once again caught in the crossfire of GREED. If he co-wrote the song, be it the words or music or whatever, then it is as much HIS as Anka's.

I do not have a problem with Paul Anka wanting his just compensation. That is understandable. I DO have a problem with the way the situation has been handled, by Sony, the estate, Anka and everyone else involved (excluding Michael because he is dead and cannot defend himself). The whole thing smacks of greed and just plain mismanagement.

Anyway, Michael sings the song beautifully. I agree with the MTV article; it still proves he was "a hell of a singer." I hope they can work this mess out but in the future maybe Sony and his estate will learn to think things through and not just rush product out to make a buck.

1751 days ago
30.

Iluvmj4ever    

What the Hell?? That Anka is STUPID!! even though its not Michael Jackson's song, Its still going to be popular than the version that he wrote!! Michael isn't here with us anymore and he can't defend himself and his family just want peace!! Michel Jackson's Fans will defend him From people who are trying to make Michael look bad!! Anka is STUPID!! WHAT A LOSER!!

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