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    Wed, 04 Aug 2010 16:01:39

    Will.i.am Opposes Posthumous Michael Jackson Release - He calls those involved "parasites!"

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    The Associated Press is reporting that Black Eyed Peas singer WIlli.i.am is not pleased about the planned Michael Jackson album due out at the end of the year, featuring unreleased material that was contained within his musical vaults.

    "I don't think that should ever come out. That's bad," Will said. "He was a perfectionist and he wouldn't have wanted it that way. How you gonna release Michael Jackson when Michael Jackson ain't here to bless it?"

    Why should we give a shit about Will and his opinion on this matter? For starters, Will.i.am collaborated with Jackson on the re-release of Thriller in 2008 with remixed versions of some of the album's classic songs. Will said Jackson was very particular about all aspects of his musical productions, from his vocals to arrangements to instrumentation, so there is no way he would approve of or appreciate this type of tinkering with unfinished music. Will is like the ambassador of the late Jackson. "Now that he is not part of the process, what are they doing? Why would you put a record out like that? Because he was a friend of mine, I just think that's disrespectful," Will also said. "What's wrong with what he already contributed to the world?"

    When asked about the high demand for any new Jackson music, Will.i.am replied: "So what? You don't disrespect someone when they're gone. ... How much can you suck from his energy? ... Freaking parasites!"

    There are not many readily available details about this new Jackson release, but brothers Jackie and Marlon are working on the project John McClain, Jackson's former manager and executor of his estate. John McClain? First thing that comes to my mind is Bruce Willis in Die Hard, wearing no shoes and saying, "Yippee kai ay, mother fucker." What are your thoughts on a posthumous Michael Jackson release? Is it disrespectful? Is it necessary?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    08.04.10




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