Both he and Jackson worked on the track in 1983
Paul Anka has given his reaction to a track he worked on with Michael Jackson in 1983 being released as a single earlier this week (October 12) without initially crediting him.
You can watch a video interview with Anka talking about the situation with ‘This Is It’ by scrolling down now.
Speaking to TMZ, Anka revealed that he has now been officially credited for his role in the song, and added that he felt there was no malice originally intended.
He said: “[It was] an honest mistake. I want to clear the record. I have spoken to the estate, they have understood that this has been a mistake – an honest mistake. They have clarified the issue.
“We are proceeding forward in a very, very positive manner. I’ve heard the record, they’ve made some major adjustments on the production that I started with Michael in my studio in ’83. I like the way that it sounds.”
Anka added that he is now set to receive royalties from the single, which is the first posthumous release of a ‘new’ Jackson song.
He stated: “They’ve [Jackson‘s estate] been very forthright. They’re giving me exactly what is fair and deserved in terms of my ownership of this track and the song, and we are moving forward.”
Anka added that he now wants to put the issue behind him.
Watch Paul Anka talking about ‘This Is It’ below: