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- Posted on Dec 13th 2010 10:01PM by Benjy Eisen
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On Monday, one of the album's producers, Teddy Riley, stepped up to the plate to explain why some of the vocals may appear questionable. Riley admitted that the vocal tracks weren't entirely ready for a finished product at the time of Jackson's death, so he was forced to manipulate them by using technology to make them fit. "We had to do what we had to do to make ... his voice work with the actual music," Riley told Reuters.
This included running some of Jackson's vocals through a Melodyne, which is a pitch modification tool similar to Auto-Tune. "With the Melodyne, we actually move the stuff up, which is the reason why some of the vibrato sounds a little off or ... over-processed," says Riley. "We truly apologize for that happening, but you are still hearing the true Michael Jackson."
Providing additional debate fodder, Riley also admitted to Reuters that Jackson "would never consider it being a final vocal. But because he's not with us, he cannot give us new vocals." Some, such as fellow Jackson collaborator and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am have suggested that it is precisely because of that detail that releasing any tracks unfinished at the time of Jackson's death is simply "disrespectful."
Riley produced "Hollywood Tonight," "Monster," and "Breaking News" -- the three songs on 'Michael' that raised the initial questions about the authenticity of Jackson's vocals. Riley already told BBC Newsbeat last week that he's excited and "on board" for the next one. Sony currently has a contract with the Jackson Estate to release nine more albums through 2017.