Did Michael Jackson pen the Sonic 3 soundtrack?

Could Michael Jackson have really written the soundtrack for Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Apparently so according to long-time collaborator Brad Buxer.Buxer

Buxer has spoken out about the King of Pop's involvement in the game, which was kept a secret after Jackson was reportedly unhappy with the final result.

Speaking to French magazine Black & White, Buxer said: "At the time, game consoles did not allow optimal sound reproduction, and Michael found it frustrating. He did not want to be associated with a product that devalued his music".

These comments line up with remarks made by former Sega exec Roger Hector, in an interview with GamesTM magazine.

Hector said that Jackson was "very big fan of Sonic" and had indeed recorded the entire soundtrack for all the worlds in Sonic 3.

However, he said that the reason the association was kept under wraps is that Jackson's child molestation accusations came to light at the same time as the game's release and Sega wanted to distance itself from him.

This has never been confirmed or denied by Sega itself, although Hector did reportedly retract his previous comments in March 2008 due to "promises of confidentiality".

Buxer added at the end of his interview that he wasn't sure which Jackson tracks made it in to the finished game, but did know that at least one song written for Sonic inspired a later Jackson song, Strangers in Moscow.

So what do you think – wsas the King of Pop behind a Sonic soundtrack? Listen to the comparison tracks over at Sega 16 and let us know below.

Via: The Guardian