There has been a rumor for a long time that Michael Jackson collaborated with SEGA with some musical pieces from the soundtrack of Sonic 3 & Knuckles, but until now we did not have a confirmation of this data. However, Juji Naka, one of the Sonic 3 programmers and producer of the game, confirmed that the rumor is true.
Today it premieres sonic origins, a new collection from SEGA that includes the first four blue hedgehog games, including Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Two weeks ago it had been confirmed that Sonic 3 & Knuckles would not have its original soundtrack, but why had not been said.
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Despite the fact that Michael Jackson does not appear in the credits of Sonic 3, it has long been believed that the singer had composed some songs in the game and we can finally confirm that this is true. Through his Twitter account, Yuji Naka said “Oh my God. Sonic 3’s music has changed, even though SEGA Official uses Michael Jackson’s music”.
Although what he meant is not entirely clear, Yuji Naka confirmed that SEGA had used music by Michael Jackson in the Sonic 3 & Knuckles original soundtrack. Previously the only testimony was that of Brad Buxer, the game’s musical director, who had said that Michael Jackson worked for four weeks on Sonic 3 & Knuckles, in 1993.
Despite Brad Buxer’s comments, it was doubted that Michael Jackson would have collaborated with SEGA on the Sonic 3 soundtrack, as the former president of Sega America, Tom Kalinske, went so far as to say that if Michael Jackson was involved it was without your knowledge.