Some have argued Jackson is not the singer on “Breaking News.” I am convinced Jackson’s voice is on the track (apparently heavily augmented by posthumous studio trickery). The sound might be constructed around a punched up vocal never meant for release by Jackson. But this is not a clip job. Jackson’s signature is clear from the lyric: the narcissism and self-pity.
“Breaking News” sounds exactly like an unreleased track from Jackson’s 2001 flop “Invincible.” The only difference is that Sony has sonically spruced up the song for a 2010 sound. Those fans who are shocked by how bland “Breaking News” sounds should go listen to Invincible or the extra disc on History. Outside all the controversies about his life, “Breaking News” is the reason Jackson stopped having blockbuster hits. This is the sort of song he was recording, over and over, after everyone stopped listening.
That does not mean “Breaking News” won’t be a hit. Michael Jackson’s career success since dying has been extraordinary. In life, Jackson knocked around Vegas searching for a headliner deal that never quite materialized. In death, he has a Cirque show coming to Mandalay Bay. But I doubt “Breaking News” will be part of that show.”Breaking News” is not classic Michael Jackson just sadly typical of the recording artist he became during his final isolated years.
You can hear the new Michael Jackson single “Breaking News” here, and form your own opinion.