Producer of posthumous Michael Jackson album slams Quincy Jones

Teddy Riley claims criticism of 'Michael' is 'disappointing'

One of the producers behind Michael Jackson‘s forthcoming posthumous album has hit back at criticism of the project from Quincy Jones.

Teddy Riley, who has contributed three songs to ‘Michael’, argued that 77-year-old Jones‘ hearing is not up to the task of determining whether it is Jackson singing on the tracks.

Last month, Jones – the man behind classic Jackson albums such as ‘Thriller’ and ‘Off The Wall’ – told US Magazine that there is “no way [‘Michael’] should be coming out”.

However, Riley has hit back at his comments, telling The Guardian: “Look at his [Jones‘] age. He can barely hear you talk. How the hell could he hear Michael? Anybody who says [it is not Jackson on the album], I do have a comeback, because you’re not right. That’s just the bottom line.”

Riley added that it is “disappointing” that Jackson‘s family have also been critical of ‘Michael’, as they are set to be “reaping the benefits” of sales of the album.

Last month, Michael Jackson’s brother Randy joined the row about the authenticity of the King of Pop’s vocals on the record, claiming that “some of the songs are him and some aren’t”.

‘Michael’, which is released tomorrow (December 13), features guest appearances from the likes of Dave Grohl, Lenny Kravitz, 50 Cent and Akon.

Riley has already claimed that more previously unheard Michael Jackson songs will be released in the future.