Beef Of The Jackson Brothers?
Clive Davis seems to be pulling out all the stops over the release of his new book. First, he comes out as a gay man. Now, he’s outing MJ as a jealous brother who strong-armed Jermaine so he would be the only Jackson brother left to shine.
In his book “The Soundtrack Of My Life“, Davis reveals he had signed Jermaine Jackson to his company Arista — adding at that time, JJ had several hits including: “Do What You Do” and “Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming.” That’s before Davis says The King Of Pop pulled his rank on Jermaine. It’s a situation which Davis says Babyface was no stranger to.
Here’s what Clive Davis had to say about MJ’s beef with older brother Jermaine:
“I hired Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and LA Reid in the late 1980s to produce Jermaine’s fourth LP at Arista Records, Michael had had enough. MJ promptly kept Babyface busy on his own projects, luring him away from Jermaine.
Jermaine couldn’t believe that Michael, his close brother, would hijack his producers’ material this way. Jermaine was crying, indeed sobbing at times, so deeply hurt that his brother would do this to him. That’s when Jermaine wrote his infamous song, ‘Word to the Badd,’
which denounced Michael as shallow and selfish.
Michael retaliated by calling me, demanding the removal of the defaming from Jermaine’s new LP.
I felt it would be wrong for me to tell an artist to take a song off an album. This was a family and personal matter that they would need to resolve themselves.”
Did Michael Jackson use his power to hold back the music careers of Jermaine, Rebbie, Latoya? I don’t know, but according to MJ’s PR man Bob Jones, he did.