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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His legacy is not only his music,the biggest legacy is LOVE that he's hope that we can share to ppl around the world!!
But yet,with his music we can hear his sing with LOVE!! That his truly legacy L.O.V.E!! Stop ur bad judge,keep love live in ur heart!
And to all his Family and Friends + Fans let's carry on MJ legacy,start with sum1 close to u!!

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What legacy??? Am I the only person who remembers how much of a nutjob Jacko was in the 90's and 2000's? In my opinion, Jackson's legacy includes great music in the 70's and 80's, Neverland Ranch, Bubbles, Jesus Juice and a lot of children that were paid a lot of money not to talk.

Michael Jackson Biography

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Gary, Indiana
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Michael Joseph Jackson