Michael Jackson tried to sabotage brother Jermaine's career in the 1980s, Clive Davis writes in his new book "Soundtrack of My Life."
According to Showbiz411, Davis writes that he signed Jermaine Jackson, who went on to score a couple hits "Do What You Do" and "Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming."
Apparently, Michael didn't like the competition.
Davis hired Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and L.A. Reid in the late 1980s to produce Jermaine's fourth album at Arista Records. Michael responded by tying up Babyface for his own projects, keeping him away from Jermaine.
"Jermaine couldn't believe that Michael, his close brother, would hijack his producers' material this way," Davis wrote. At a dinner in Paris, Davis said Jermaine was "crying, indeed sobbing at times, so deeply hurt that his brother would do this to him."
No wonder Tito never became a guitar hero.
Jermaine responded by writing the song "Word to the Badd," which denounced Michael as shallow and selfish. Michael responded by calling Davis and demanding he take the song off of Jermaine's new album.
While Davis found himself in a difficult spot, Jermaine leaked the track.
"I felt it would be wrong for me to tell an artist to take a song off an album," Davis wrote. "This was a family and personal matter that they would need to resolve themselves." Eventually a watered-down version of the song was officially released.
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