Black Eyed Peas‘ frontman Will.i.am has called out the powers that be at Sony Records for preparing the release of a new posthumous Michael Jackson album called Michael.
Will believes Sony is not honoring Jackson’s music by releasing the finalized tracks without his approval.
“Whoever put it out and is profiting off of it, I want to see how cold they are,” he says, “to say that what [Michael] contributed during his life wasn’t enough. He just wasn’t any ordinary artist. He was a hands-on person. To me it’s disrespectful. There’s no honoring…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.” (Entertainment Weekly)
A few days ago, the Jackson estate released a statement on the album’s release.
“There is nothing more important to the Estate than Michael’s music, his legacy and his fans. As the Michael album was being put together, it was decided to bring Teddy Riley on board to work on several songs, including “Breaking News,” a song Michael recorded with Eddie Cascio and James Porte in late 2007 while living at the Cascio family home with his children. Riley produced and submitted “Breaking News” to Sony for inclusion on the album. At that time, no one ever mentioned that the vocals we heard on the Cascio songs, which were basically in demo format, might not be Michael. It was known, however, that the background vocals were a combination of Michael and James Porte.” (Hip Hop N More)
A tracklisting of songs from the album was revealed online this week.
1. “Hold My Hand” (Duet with Akon) 2. “Hollywood Tonight” 3. “Keep Your Head Up” 4. “(I Like) The Way You Love Me” 5. “Monster” feat. 50 Cent 6. “Best of Joy” 7. “Breaking News” 8. “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day” feat. Lenny Kravitz 9. “Behind the Mask” 10. “Much Too Soon” (Rap-Up)
Rapper 50 Cent recently confirmed his appearance on the LP.
“support ya boy lloyd banks H.F.M.2 its on point and check me out on michael jackson new album,” Fif tweeted Friday (November 12).
“michael reached out to me to do this song before he passed it going to be the biggest thing ever.hes the one we got our idea from” (50 Cent’s Twitter)
Michael is set to drop Tuesday, December 14th.