Yuji Naka, former head of the video game team at the Japanese company, Sony, confirmed an old rumor that had been circulating for years and claimed that the late Michael Jackson created the music for «Sonic the Hedgehog 3«, which was released in 1994 .
If he decided to reveal this secret now, it is only because he feels absolute indignation at the company’s decision to modify the soundtrack of the new Sonic Origins compilation.
«OMG Sonic 3’s music has changed, even though Official Sega uses Michael Jackson’s music«, he wrote on Twitter.
Oh my god, the music for Sonic 3 has changed, even though SEGA Official uses Michael Jackson's music.
— Yuji Naka / 中 裕司 (@nakayuji) June 23, 2022
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SEGA social media manager Katie Chrzanowski recently confirmed that the original theme had to be changed because they couldn’t use the sounds from the original Mega Drive version of the game.
The first time that it was speculated that the composition had been carried out by Michael Jackson was in 2006, when YouTuber Qjimbo produced a video in which he highlighted the similarities between the music of the video game and that of the singer.
SEGA tiktok posting this at the worst possible time 😭 pic.twitter.com/KEZ6GppV7b
— Sonic's Schoolhouse PC (1996) (@SonicSchool96) June 22, 2022
The interpreter of ‘Billie Jean‘ was hired to be part of the project, but after the singer in 1993 was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old fan, Sonic then wanted to avoid a scandal by cutting all ties with him, but the music stayed.