London: A "new" album of late Michael Jackson songs, which is all set to go on sale next month, has been condemned by his family, fans and friends.
Entitled ‘Michael’, it contains tracks that the superstar was working on before his death in June 2009, and which have been posthumously completed.
But this news was quickly followed by protests from his family.
"If Michael had wanted this music released he would have done so before his death," ABC News quoted Joe Jackson`s attorney Brian Oxman as saying in a statement.
"The songs which are being released on the new Michael Jackson album were unfinished and incomplete tracks that Michael said over and over many times he never wanted released."
Even pop star William, with whom King of Pop was collaborating before his death said, "He was a perfectionist and he wouldn`t have wanted it that way.”
"Because he was a friend of mine, I just think that`s disrespectful. What`s wrong with what he already contributed to the world?"
A Facebook group called Michael, This Was Not It complained that it contained "scrapped songs or songs he never wanted to release with Sony. Not his vision," reports BBC News.
Jackson`s mother, Katherine Jackson, and his two eldest children, Prince Michael and Paris, have gone so far as to charge that the tracks are fakes - sung by a Jackson impersonator, TMZ reported.
The website claims the children were present when their father recorded some of the songs and that the tracks on the album don`t match what they heard.
But Sony`s Epic Records has guaranteed the album is authentic.
"We have complete confidence in the results of our extensive research as well as the accounts of those who were in the studio with Michael that the vocals on the new album are his own," Sony said.
A source close to the Jackson family told that two forensic companies have confirmed it is Jackson`s voice on the album. The source also said that Jackson`s children didn`t actually hear all the tracks, but have been pressured by their family into taking sides.