Paul Anka Says Jay-Z Snubbed Him On "Duets" Offer With Michael Jackson

posted Tuesday March 26 ,2013 at 10:23AM CDT | 39 comments

Paul Anka Says Jay-Z Snubbed Him On

"My Way" singer Paul Anka previously cleared a sample for Jay-Z on "Blueprint 2." Now Anka's upset when Jay-Z reportedly ignored requests to appear on a "Duets" song with him and Michael Jackson.

Veteran singer Paul Anka's most notable songwriting hit, "My Way" was the musical basis for Jay-Z's "I Did It My Way" track off of The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse. However, according to a TMZ.com interview with Anka yesterday (March 25), the love was not returned.

The 71 year-old Canadian vocalist claimed that as he's worked on his upcoming Duets album, Jay-Z did not return phone-calls. "What I did  do, is I called up Jay-Z. He did a track with 'My Way' where I loaned him a track," reminded Anka. Jay and producer Jimmy Kendrix did use Anka's version of the song, not the popular Frank Sinatra version. "I wanted to put him in on a rap with Michael Jackson, in the middle, I called him up, but Jay-Z has totally blown me off," said Anka. "He won't answer my calls. He's inappropriate in his behavior."

Anka wrote several songs with the late Michael Jackson in the 1980s. "This Is It" was recently released in 2009, with additional recordings reportedly unreleased. Anka did add that Beyonce gets a pass. "The I love his wife, I think she's great. But Jay-Z wouldn't return the call."

This report comes less than six months after famed actor Robert De Niro reportedly confronted the rapper-turned-mogul for bad phone manners.

The video is available at TMZ.

RELATED: Robert De Niro Reportedly Confronts Jay-Z For Not Returning His Numerous Phone Calls

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  • Anonymous
    Jay has no respect. De niro now Anka.
    • Anonymous
      no respect for old white dudes who want to use him
    • Anonymous
      he was all up on their asses when he was on the come up
    • Anonymous
      how was he all up on paul ankas ass? he used one sample and it probably wasnt by his choice, it was the producer
  • bkstylz
    You fuckers ever stop to think Jay finds it distasteful to make money off of the late and great MJ?
    • Anonymous
      LOL please jay made an entire career off the late and great BIG..fuck outta here, clown
    • Anonymous
      if he felt that way he could have shot him a text.
  • Anonymous
    Blue Ivy is Paul Anka's daughter.
  • Anonymous
    Be paid weekly and earn like a boss! Love my job, since I've been bringing in $87h I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online. All I do are easy tasks from this one cool site, Epic2.com___
  • Anonymous
    jay-z got an ugly baby, he better adopted a kid he got money anouf
    • Anonymous
      Does calling a baby ugly make you proud of yourself?
    • real
      Yo, momma got an ugly baby!!!
  • mgeeze
    can we try and be balanced here folks..what if Jay said..nah i am not interested and man is just bitter..people always need a reason to keep themselves relevant..lets move on as this is not that important
    • GT
      If not interested then be a man and say what it is, don't just ignore the nigga especially after he cleared a song. Straight bitch shit.
  • Anonymous
    I'm sure this faggot got paid. Business never personal
  • Anonymous
    it would have been in homage to micheal jackson...maybe hip hop history. of course jayz snubs that, the kendrick feature was a political move, notice that he was on Drakes album with a COsign before it dropped, after kendrick sold platinum with out a Hov cosign he would have to do it or look like a hater. Jay Z sucks.
    • Anonymous
      Kendrick isn't platinum. Get his rookie dick out yo mouth.
    • Anonymous
      nicki's album is platinum and she only sold like 822k so kendrick will be platinum in a week or so, its albums shipped not sold. either way his album will sell a millie by years end
    • real
      What!!!! Now you making up shit How is working with KL a political move. This aint politcs. Jay can get on everybody album when they want. Im pretty sure he has his own business to handle. 2nd let MJ rest. Everybody tryn to make a buck off this man. Maybe Jay dont want to be involved with those out to get paid off a dead man.
  • Obscene
    So Jay will get on a remix with a newbie like Kendrick but won't do a record with a musical legend like Paul Anka?!?! That's just ass backwards....what an ungrateful douche bag he is, especially after he cleared that sample for him.
    • Anonymous
      kendrick is hip-hop. they in the same game. and i doubt it was anka that cleared the sample. it was probably a label or publishing company
    • Anonymous
      Then you doubt Ms Wallace and Afeni Shakur approve or turn down music usage.
    • Anonymous
      he could have had a say though and helped to convince those who had power. he probably wouldn't have cared to bring that up if he didn't have some effect.
  • dentaldamboy
    This is exactly what I've been saying for years. Jay-Z is a snake.
    • Anonymous
      How? Because he turned down a song? Birdman's the real snake.
  • Nobody
    Chill out people. Jay said, "I'm over-charging people for what the did to the Kold Krush." Don't get mad when he lives up to that ideology. It is what it is....
    • Anonymous
      It's Cold Crush. Cold Crush Bros. And your ideology says that just because Kriston didn't sell, Paul Anka can't get a call. Quite petty when you think about it.
    • Anonymous
      people forget if you wanna know jay's opinion... its always found in his music... and does jay really owe these people any respect... what have they done to earn it?
  • Anonymous
    so jay dont care about old white dudes. so what. he don't owe them shit
    • Anonymous
      Are you stupid or someshit? Veteran singer Paul Anka's most notable songwriting hit, "My Way" was the musical basis for Jay-Z's "I Did It My Way" track off of The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse.
    • Anonymous
      but i bet he don't songwrite it for free. he sure get paid very well.
    • foreal
      Jay Z does not owe him. I am sure Anka got paid and if he didnt then he is a sucka. If Anka didnt give him the rights to that song, Jay would have just slid a different song in that place. That song wasnt a HUGE hit or anything, it wouldnt have been missed
    • Anonymous
      lol so what? so now he has to make shitty music with him just because he sampled on of his songs 11 years ago?
    • Anonymous
      "so jay dont care about old white dudes" ^ and Warren Buffet is a teenager?lol "bet he don't songwrite it for free" ^ who said Jay wasn't getting paid now? @foreal is totally lost so how would he know if another beat would have made the same impact (ever heard of a REMIX foreal?) "lol so what? so now he has to make shitty music with him" ^ your momma wiped the sh*t out of your ass years ago, would be nice to return her call
  • Anonymous
    come on Jay return those calls... dont be a snob with your Barclay Center and Spade champagne
  • Dashing
    First Deniro, now Paul Anka. Jay, this is not a good look. If anything, just for your own PR purposes. These are folks who have been in the game 4 or 5 decades. Return their damn phone calls fam.
  • Anonymous
    Dear mister Anka, I dont care about music. I only care about money, money and again money. I dont want to be a nice person. See when i became a rich person i didnt care about others because im selfish. i only love myself and my dollars. Yours sincerely, Jay "Asshole, Pop rapper, arrogant prick" Z
  • Steven El-Amin
    Proof read your work before posting
    • Anonymous
      proof reading wouldn't help these writers. they need an editor to go over it for them before they publish it online.