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Sony Confirms Theft Of Michael Jackson Songs

Hackers have stolen a number of previously unheard MJ tracks...

Sony Music has confirmed reports that the late Michael Jackson's back catalogue has been stolen by hackers from its website.

Over the weekend, allegations suggested that Sony's MJ archive was illegally stolen, with over 50,000 digital files downloaded in the operation.

Sony had previously paid $250million to the King Of Pop's estate for the tracks, which included previously unheard material from Jackson's hit albums Off The Wall, Bad and Thriller.

It is also thought that a duet between Michael and late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury also featured in the stolen catalogue, as well as a collaboration with Will.I.Am.

A source told the Sunday Times: "Everything Sony purchased from the Michael Jackson estate was compromised. It caused them to check their systems and they found the breach. There was a degree of sophistication. Sony identified the weakness and plugged the gap."

Sony has since confirmed that a number of Jackson tunes have been pinched, but the record company have refused to reveal specific details, not disclosing whether the Man In The Mirror singer's unheard duets with Mercury and Will were among those stolen. 

Black Eyed Peas
rapper Will recently revealed that Jackson was keen to work with UK popstar Cheryl Cole, telling The People newspaper: "I told Michael Cheryl was the hottest thing in the UK and he was keen to meet her. I was gonna write them a song."

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