will.i.am slams Sony again over ‘new’ Michael Jackson album

'I want to see how cold they are', says singer

Black Eyed Peaswill.i.am has had another pop at Sony Records for releasing an album of Michael Jackson songs part-recorded prior to his death – but completed without him following his passing.

Sony are releasing ‘Michael’, Jackson’s first posthumous album, next month. ‘Hold My Hand’, the first single from the album, has been released online.

will.i.am, who collaborated with Jackson for material he is not planning to officially release, slammed the label earlier this year, saying it was “disrespectful” for the album to come out. Now he has renewed his criticism a month ahead of the album’s release.

“Whoever put it out and is profiting off of it, I want to see how cold they are,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “To me it’s disrespectful. There’s no honouring.”

He went on to suggest that Jackson would not approve of his material being released in the form it is on ‘Michael’. “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… he was that hands-on.”

There has been further controversy surrounding the album’s release. Sony recently denied the accusation from members of Jackson’s family that some vocals on the album were recorded by a soundalike singer.