Michael Jackson begins work on new material

Black Eyed Peas are set to help out

Michael Jackson has started work on new material with Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am.

The pair are currently working in a studio in Ireland, reports accesshollywood.com.

Jackson hasn’t released a studio album since 2001’s Invincible’, though he reportedly wrote a song intended to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina last September. The track was set to be released on Two Seas Records – the label owned by Prince Abdulla Hamad Alkhalifa of Bahrain – but it was never released.

Jackson has a one album deal with the label, and a release is expected late next year.