It had been rumored, for many years, that Michael Jackson composed some of the music for the game Sonic The Hedgehog 3. This was finally confirmed by Brad Buxer in 2009 who worked with Jackson on the music in 1994.
A French magazine asked Buxer for clarification on the rumor regarding their work on the game, to which he responded:
“I’ve never played the game so I do not know what tracks on which Michael and I have worked the developers have kept, but we did compose music for the game. Michael called me at the time for help on this project, and that’s what I did. And if he is not credited for composing the music, it’s because he was not happy with the result sound coming out of the console. At the time, game consoles did not allow an optimal sound reproduction, and Michael found it frustrating. He did not want to be associated with a product that devalued his music…”
When asked specifically about the similarity between one of the tracks in the game and Michael Jackson’s “Stranger in Moscow” song Buxer replied:
“Yes, Michael and I had composed those chords for the game, and it has been used as base for Stranger in Moscow.”
It was also rumored that MJ’s name wasn’t credited for the music, due to the fact Sega quickly ended partnership with Jackson, as the soundtrack was completed because the child abuse scandals surfaced.
Check out this investigation that finds parts of MJ songs “Jam”,” Stranger In Moscow” & “Who Is It” in Sonic The Hedgehog 3. “Stranger In Moscow” has all the same chord progression as the song used on the ending credits of the game.