‘This Is It’ is the new song from Michael Jackson that leaked online over the weekend, and by all accounts it will be a huge hit for Jackson but also for Paul Anka. Because he’s the one Jackson stole the song from.
Anka tells TMZ in 1983, he wrote a song with Jackson called “I Never Heard” — and the demo of the song was recorded in Anka’s studio in Carmel, CA. Anka says he took the tape to a studio in Hollywood to put the finishing touches on it for Anka’s duets album, “Walk a Fine Line.” Anka claims Jackson — who was just blowing up at the time with “Thriller” — got a big
Anka gave “I Never Heard” to another artist — Safire — who recorded it in 1990.
Jackson probably didn’t think he’d get into trouble because the song is absolutely god damn awful. Why the hell would anyone care? It would be like getting sued for sneaking into someones yard at night and stealing their dogshit. (hear Michaels version and the 1990 version below)