In an unusually detailed letter to fans, Howard Weitzman, lawyer for the Jackson estate, explained an exhaustive process of vetting the authenticity of the vocals on “Breaking News.”
As soon as the track was submitted to Epic, Mr. Weitzman wrote, the vocals were called into question, and he was asked by John Branca and John McClain, the executors of the estate, to investigate.
Here is an excerpt from the letter:
"Six of Michael’s former producers and engineers who had worked with Michael over the past 30 years — Bruce Swedien, Matt Forger, Stewart Brawley, Michael Prince, Dr. Freeze and Teddy Riley — were all invited to a listening session to hear the raw vocals of the tracks in question. All of these people listened to the a cappella versions of the vocals on the tracks being considered for inclusion on the album, so they could give an opinion as to whether or not the lead vocals were sung by Michael. They all confirmed that the vocal was definitely Michael."