Wednesday, August 4, 2010 3:57am ET by Pressparty
Will.i.am criticises release
Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am has criticised plans to release a new Michael Jackson album in November of this year, insisting that the unreleased tracks should not be put out as a mark of respect to the late singer.
Will.i.am collaborated with Michael Jackson before his death last year and the only songs to be issued from their extensive recording sessions are a clutch of remixes featured on a re-release of Thriller in 2008.
However, it's been reported that producer Darkchild is hoping to release a record of previously unheard Micahel Jackson tracks, but Will.i.am - who was a friend of Jackson -believes he would not have wanted the songs to be released without his giving his final seal of approval.
The Black Eyed Peas singer said, "I don't think that should ever come out. That's bad. He was a perfectionist and he wouldn't have wanted it that way. How you gonna release Michael Jackson when Michael Jackson ain't here to bless it? Now that he is not part of the process, what are they doing? Why would you put a record out like that? Because he was a friend of mine, I just think that's disrespectful. What's wrong with what he already contributed to the world?"
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