Anka Upset About Jackson's This Is It

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Legendary singer/songwriter Paul Anka isn't a fan of Michael Jackson's new song - because it's "ripped off" from a tune he co-wrote with the King of Pop in 1983.
The administrators of Jackson's estate acknowledged This is It is a rehash of Anka's I Never Heard after the crooner went public with his feelings about the tune, which was passed off as a Jackson hit when it was leaked online over the weekend.
John Branca tells TMZ.com, "We acknowledge that Michael and Paul wrote this song together."
And his fellow administrator, John MCClain, has told Anka they'll do whatever he needs them to do to make sure the world knows the history of the track.
Anka tells the website MCClain knew Jackson couldn't have written the song alone, because "it's not his style".
The singer/songwriter says, "(He said) 'We'll give you whatever you want; whatever it takes, we'll do the right thing.'"
Anka wrote the song with Jackson at his studio in Carmel, California. He claims he was hoping to use the track on his duets album, Walk a Fine Line, but the King of Pop "stole the tapes" from the studio.
Anka contacted lawyers who ironically represented him and his songwriting partner and threatened them with a lawsuit if he didn't get the tapes back. Anka got them back but insists Jackson made a copy of the tapes and simply recorded his vocal over the original and retitled the tune.
The song, I Never Heard, has already been recorded by little-known artist Safire.


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If indeed Michael Jackson co-wrote this song as Mr. Anka acknowledges in these quotes that are asribed to him, then he did not "steal" the tapes:). He would have been entitled to take tapes of a song that he co-wrote!!!! It is his art as well!!!
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It's not fair ANKA that you said this story about MJ. when he couldn't defense anymore. It's really really UNFAIR.
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DOGLADY53 you hit the nail on the head but was more nicer about it, that was so cry baby of Anka to throw a fit, like he wasnt going to get credit as the co-writer on the song i believe when you do covers for cd nowadays you write the artist co artist writer and co writer and what is the deal with the claim of fame anyway what is the deal with the story about thief and stuff michael is not a thief that was a hit below the belt what is up with these attorneys letting people sucker punch the estate and all these people with their hands out broke washed out people go away stop trying to get a quick buck now i have a concern about the administractors it seem that people are coming out the woods and all they are saying oh we will take care of you do you know for sure these claims are valid are you are not trying to make no deals in lower the ones that are with any creditor you can make offers but it seem to many have came out and they know they have no claim at all god doesnt sleep and you really need to stop your wrong doing michael is not here to defend himself nor his estate but god is and he is watching all of you and for the haters that dont like michael why would you even go on a site that are full of fans that loved him and make your negative comments does that make you have bigger balls or make you feel worthy or you was that old bully in school and havent found your way in life get a direction to go in and keep on going look in the mirror before it is to late for you to make a change because you need jesus really you do, you need to pray that you go peaceful and not suffer cause mean people have a way of just having it hard all the time in whatever they do with all the people around the world that truly loved and respected the jackson family michael katherine and janet and all the rest of the jackson family it doesnt really matter what you think it is that who cares what you think or why do you look a butt when you do or say what you do, it makes you look big when you look in the mirror your shoes grew a couple more inches, wow what a big person hahaha this man did nothing to your negative self you did to him without even knowing of him you listen to the media to get your hype and the news was all false so you yes you get it real or keep quiet you ae like the ant on the ground watch out you are the one that got stepped on oh yeah you wasnt the bully you was the one who got bullied well michael is not the one for you to mess with he got millions that will and is still backing him up we love you michael jackson we miss you and we the true loyal fans will forever carry you in our souls cause i hearts are broken with you gone love you to the jackson family much love and respect alwaysJUSTICE FOR MICHAEL JACKSON JUSTICE FOR MJ
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