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Will.i.am Explains His "Disgust" With New MJ Album

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If nothing else, you can see how much respect he really has for Michael Jackson.

Many were surprised to learn that on the new MJ album, several tracks will be omitted that were collaborations between the King of Pop and Will.i.am. People just couldn't understand what was the hold up, but now we've learned that the fault lies with Will, but that he has some sincere reasons for doing so. According to him, those MJ tracks will never see the light of day because they weren't "micro-Michael-managed" by MJ himself.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Will.i.am says expressd his “disgust” the posthumous Michael album released today. He told the mag:

"Hell, yeah, I feel that way, and I'll tell you why. A couple of months before Michael died, he called me on the phone really upset. 'Hey, it's Michael,' " Will recalled, imitating Jackson'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…I knew this man and he 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."

Wow! We suppose that is one way of looking at things.

Another is that this is chance for his legacy to live on and why would anyone want to stand in the way of that?

Then again, its his music too, so he should have a say in whether it be released or not.

We're torn!

What do U think?

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19 comments to “Will.i.am Explains His "Disgust" With New MJ Album”

  1. 1

    I totally agree with him. Michael was a perfectionist he wouldn't release a song if it's not perfect. They're just trying to make money off of him.

  2. 2

    He's right, Michael would be embarrassed of that album. I heard some, and it's done very different from how Michael always did it. It's like a parody.

  3. 3

    A lot of people feel this way about the album.

  4. 4

    get real, fatback! michaels legacy had zero to do with the release of this music & 100% to do with greed. plain & simple.

  5. 5

    I agree totally with him. This is his family milking the money tree, even though it's dead.

  6. 6

    he's correct! sony need to back up off MJ seriously. he fucking hated that label

  7. 7

    MJ peaked at 8. Who wants his throwaways?

  8. 8

    i agree with him 100% .. way to stick up for ur beliefs Will.I.AM!!!

  9. 9

    Well for once I agree with him. Its very clear in all his work he took so much time on it. SO much detail to his music if u pay attention. Sad they are doing this to the man.

  10. 10

    His legacy would have lived on without it.. he was a perfectionist through and through (from what I've read of course).. to release his work, when he himself never would have, is wrong. Everyone behind this knows it and yet they aren't listening to what they know he'd be saying. Not even his own family. It's sad.

  11. 11

    he's right, this album sucks.

  12. 12

    TORN?!?!?! Would you want someone to half ass your website after you died????

  13. 13

    damn he didnt like hold my hand? that song is awesome…what could he have possily don to it again :/ i guess thats why hes the king

  14. 14

    I agree with him

  15. 15

    Will.i.am is pissed because none of the music he made with MJ is on here, so he wont make any money. Michael himself released Demos on the Ultimate Collection Set and on the remstering of BAD. This is how it's gonna be. I like hearing what he was working on that we didnt get to hear. Yes, its not an "MJ" final product, but I'll take it. Anything he half-assed made is better than any shit music thats out right now, including the BEP

  16. 16

    he is completely right.

    stop trying to make profit off a dead man!

  17. 17

    I agree! I don't think Michael would have wanted it realized without micro michael-managing it. That was his thing, everyone knows that.

  18. 18

    Re: AllaFrost.com – I know. All the singles they've been releasing have been shitty. And I think it's wrong to release the music without MJ being here - it's not the same. Sorry Sony, but I'll stick to my MJ collection.

  19. 19

    i agree. i like the song "hold my hand" but will is right. It's just a way for them to make more money off of him.