*Add Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am to the number of people close to Michael Jackson who are against his new posthumous album, “Michael.”
He tells EW, “Whoever put it out and is profiting off of it, I want to see how cold they are … He just wasn’t any ordinary artist. He was a hands-on person. To me it’s disrespectful. There’s no honoring.”
His biggest problem with the new CD is its use of unfinished MJ tracks — something he feels the King of Pop never would have stood for: “Michael Jackson songs are finished when Michael says they’re finished … Maybe if I never worked with him I wouldn’t have this perspective. He was very particular about how he wanted his vocals, the reverb he used … he was that hands-on.”
As previously reported, the album is being released by Sony, through Michael’s estate. Several of Jackson’s siblings, including Randy, LaToya and various nephews, have stated publicly their belief that the voice on the album’s promotional single “Headline News” is not Michael’s.
The first official single, “Hold My Hand” featuring Akon, was released this morning on www.MichaelJackson.com