Pop prince Michael Jackson is at the centre of a heated row with Sony record chiefs over the release of a greatest hits album - which he only heard about via a press release.

The one-time superstar, 45, is enraged that the label did not consult him about a CD of his numerous number one hits, which is due for release in November (03).

Jackson's spokesman says, "Sony did this without consulting Michael's management."

Sony replies, "It was an innocent mistake."

The compilation will be the BILLIE JEAN legend's final record with Sony now his contract with them has drawn to a natural close.

21/09/2003 21:01