Will.i.am Slams Sony Over New Michael Jackson Album
Upon hearing news that a new Michael Jackson album would be hitting stores before the end of 2011, Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am voiced his outrage over the recordings, claiming that it was ‘disrespectful’ to what MJ stood for. With less than a month before the album ‘Michael’ hits stores, will.i.am has continued to slander Sony Music for putting out unblessed recordings for profit.
“Whoever put it out and is profiting off of it, I want to see how cold they are to say that what [Michael] contributed during his life wasn’t enough,” he told Entertainment Weekly of ‘Michael.’ “He just wasn’t any ordinary artist. He was a hands-on person. To me it’s disrespectful. There’s no honoring.”
Will, who collaborated with Jackson in 2006 on what would have been the follow-up to 2001’s ‘Invincible,’ credits his opinion on his time working with MJ. “Michael Jackson songs are finished when Michael says they’re finished,” he said. “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.”
His previous comments to Billboard echoed the same sentiment, calling Sony Music “freaking parasites.” Ne-Yo has also spoken out against the recordings, stating that it would be ‘disrespectful’ to Jackson’s legacy to sell songs originally penned for the King of Pop.