Anka tells Pop & Hiss that he recorded two songs with Jackson in 1983, both intended for Anka's 1983 album "Walk a Fine Line." One of them, "I Never Heard," contains the identical vocal and piano line heard on "This Is It," Anka said.Anka said that in the hours since he first heard the song today he had reached a deal to receive half the publishing royalties.Jackson and Anka worked on the song at about the same time they wrote and recorded “This Is It,” which eventually because the theme song to a documentary based on Jackson’s preparations for a tour that never happened because of his death.
Of course, it's corny, the dialogue is terrible and it all seems way too cheesy, but it's perfect none-the-less.
Michael and his date are out at the cinema to view the latest horror flick. It's full of those trademark Jackson moves, as well as some memorable zombie moves, too. The whole thing seems movie-like and it really is actually rather scary.
He repeatedly called the situation an "honest mistake." Anka said he was tipped off to the song when he received a call from TMZ's managing editor Harvey Levin, who was inquiring about the song's similarities to a 1991 cut Anka gave to Latin artist Sa-Fire.
Jackson and Anka shared a songwriting credit on her version of "I Never Heard." "I said, ' I don’t know what you’re talking about yet, but let me check it,' " Anka recalled."I listened, and there were no similarities; it was the same damn song." The song takes it name from what would have been Jackson's comeback tour this summer, and will now serve as the title track to a concert film and accompanying album.
Eight previously unheard Michael Jackson songs, originally recorded between 19, will be released on the new album May 13, Epic Records announced in March. Timbaland is the lead producer, with contributions from Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon and Mc Clain, the release said.