Michael Jackson, dubbed the “King of Pop”, is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. Over a four-decade career, his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture. It was also recently confirmed that MJ wrote the music for Sonic 3 soundtrack.
Yuji Naka, the man who created Sonic, has put an end to the long-circulated notion that Michael Jackson wrote the music for the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 soundtrack from 1994. In a series of tweets commemorating the 31st anniversary of the release of the first game in the franchise, the series’ original main programmer confirmed the information.
Happy 31st Birthday, Sonic! SEGA Official is playing Michael Jackson’s song on Sonic. I’m surprised. Is it a sign?
The release of Sonic Origins, a remastered collection of the first four Sonic games, on June 23rd appears to have directly contributed to the announcement. Jackson’s purported contributions to the Sonic 3 remaster for Sonic Origins had previously been confirmed by Eurogamer, who chose a fresh arrangement by composer Jun Senoue instead.
The rumor first surfaced after the game’s initial release, when certain sections of the soundtrack had a distinct resemblance to songs by the King of Pop, such as “Smooth Criminal” and “Black or White.” Elsewhere in the Sonic-verse, Idris Elba provided the voice of Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which was released in April. Paramount has also planned Sonic 3 and a live-action Knuckles spin-off. Check out the tweets and video below.
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