Will.i.am Blasts "Disrespectful" Michael Jackson Album; Akon Defends Collaboration

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Will.i.am is not a fan of the posthumous Michael Jackson album, Michael.

The forthcoming project is "disrespectful" to the King of Pop, who the the Black Eyed Peas frontman says would be rolling in his grave at its release.

His reasoning? MJ was such a perfectionist, he would never want fans to hear his songs without his approval. In will.i.am's mind, this is a low blow.

Akon sees Michael Jackson's legacy differently than will.i.am.

"Whoever put it out and is profiting off of it, I want to see how cold they are," he said. "To say that what (MJ) contributed during his life wasn't enough. He just wasn't any ordinary artist. He was a hands-on person. To me it's disrespectful."

"Michael Jackson songs are finished when Michael says they're finished."

Will.i.am, who recorded with Michael just before he died, says those tapes will never see the light of day, unlike "Hold My Hand," MJ's collaboration with Akon.

Their duet is the first single from Michael, and Akon disagrees with will.i.am, saying the upcoming record is actually keeping the King Of Pop's "legacy alive."

"I don't see anything disrespectful about it," he says. "These albums would have come out if he was alive or dead." What do you think? Is it good or bad?

You can see both arguments, clearly, but it's up to the fans to decide. If they embrace Michael's music, and a new generation of listeners is inspired by his talent, however unfinished, it's Akon who may be proven correct in this debate.

Listen to "Hold My Hand" and tell us what you think of it below ...

How would you rate Akon and Michael's collaboration?

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I cant really tell if Michael would've like this to be released or not, what I can truly say is this song does not give me goose pimples like the rest of michael's songs. Im really trying to like it but I cannot say I hate it either, it just doesnt have that wow factor to it, like all of michael jackson's songs that were released when he was here with us. The meaning of the song hold my hand is very good, and the words are good also, but I cannot feel any connection to michael like when I listen to his other songs.

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MJ is a cash cow. Noone in the record industry cares about his legacy. And they wouldnt be able to release these without prior permission from his family. If you remember rightly they were the ones who started "the Michael Jackson Company" which created the "This is it" movie. So theyre the main profit from all this - the ones living off of the profits from his death. CASH COW. Its all business and no matter how much MJ put on the little "I care about my music" act, at the end of the day he didnt give a damn providing the books balanced out nicely.

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RANDY JACKSONBUTT; WHY DON'T YOU SHUT UP. IF YOU DON'T LIKE MICHAEL WHY WASTE YOUR TIME BEING ON THIS PAGE.. DEEP DOWN IN SIDE YOU LOVE HIM.. YOUR A REAL A HOLE!

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MARGE; YOU SAID IT ALL, THE MEDIA WOULD NOT LEAVE MICHAEL ALONE AND STILL AFTER HIS DEATH THEY WON'T SHUT THE HELL UP..

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The timing of Michael's Jackson death and subsequent explosion of album sales had a negative impact on the Peas last album The End. Before Michael's death, the set was well on its way to being the biggest album of the year. As the next Peas album is scheduled for release just a few weeks prior to the release of MJ's next album, one has to question the real motivation for Will's comments....

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I for one do not like speaking ill of the dead and never believe what you see or hear in the tabloids n micheal did have his problems...like everyone else does...why r celebs not intitled to problems but I have to agree with william n etc... Its just a money making process because he is right micheal wouldnt want anyone to hear anything unless he approved it and who knows if its what micheal wanted ... and everyone is right hes gone let his songs be his songs they tried to do the same with 2pac and no one really listens to his music that was "made" before he died just the stuff he actually did when he was alive if people like ur music or love then they are going to continue to love it ...

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It's a decent song. It's ok, it's just not Michael Jackson good. Pretty mediocre...and I agree with will i am. It really is just a moneymaking ploy - I hope the album bombs. No point releasing a product if it isn't quality product.

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And, a legacy, is what the person leaves when they die, he's passed away, the music that keeps coming out.. is not a legacy, just an excuse to profit more money.

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I think they should just lay off. The king's gone, I don't understand why they have to keep pushing his music to make money off it, YOU'RE ALREADY RICH, YOU DON'T NEED MORE.
Give a fuckin rest. I sure a hell won't buy it. It's been over a year, and stupid stuff is still being released? Gimme a break. He's at rest, let him stay that way.

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I think its great MJ has some music thats unheard! Its keeping his legacy live and MJ is the greatest music artist alongside Prince! MJ has pushed the envelope in the music industry on so many levels and has spoke from the heart through his music. People can say what they want to say. The media will have u believe he was a pedophile and a drug abuser but MJ was a legend! I dont care what anyone says his music speaks truth and this new music thats being released is not disrespectful...its a way for us to remember what MJ was all about!

Michael Jackson Biography

Michael Jackson mug shot Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, with the best-selling album of all-time and more than a dozen massive hits. After years of physical... More »
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Michael Joseph Jackson