will.i.am: ‘Releasing new Michael Jackson album is disrespectful’

Black Eyed Peas man criticises plans for November release

Black Eyed Peaswill.i.am has hit out at plans for an album of new Michael Jackson songs to be released in November.

The singer, who collaborated with Jackson prior to his June 2009 death, told the Associated Press that he thought it was “disrespectful” for a new 10-song Jackson album of previously-unreleased material to be issued, as the Sony BMG record label are planning to do.

“How you gonna release Michael Jackson when Michael Jackson ain’t here to bless it?” he said. “He was a perfectionist and he wouldn’t have wanted it that way. I don’t think that should ever come out.”

He added: “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.”

The November album will be the first in a 10-album, seven-year deal the Jackson estate agreed with Sony BMG in March 2010.