Will.i.am feels ‘disgust’ for new Michael Jackson album

Will.i.am has again spoke out against Michael Jackson‘s first posthumous album, Michael. The producer expressed his ‘disgust’ for the project, and saying he had a conversation with the pop legend, who Will.i.am regarded as a friend.

“A couple of months before Michael died, he called me on the phone really upset. ‘Hey, it’s Michael,’ ” Will told Rolling Stone, imitating MJ’s voice. “‘Somebody leaked one of these songs. Why would they do that? Who does that?’ I said, ‘What song, Mike?’ ‘Some song called “Hold My Hand.” I swear to God I had this conversation with him.”

“[H]e was very critical about every single detail. He stood in the studio himself, mastering and mixing everything. How can you release a record without that Michael Jackson? It’s not Michael Jackson. I heard the song that’s on the Internet now [“Breaking News“] and I’m like, ‘That ain’t Mike.’ He wasn’t there to do his micro-Michael-managing that he did with ‘Thriller’ and ‘Billie Jean.’ It disgusts me.”

The Black Eyed Peas star was also adamant that none of the songs on which the two collaborated will see the light of day. He first spoke out against the album publicly in August, saying, “How you gonna release Michael Jackson when Michael Jackson ain’t here to bless it?”

Will.i.am’s latest outcry against the project comes after producer Teddy Riley told SoulCulture that he and the other contributors on Michael followed Michael’s ‘notes and plans’.


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