“I don’t think that should ever come out. That’s bad,” the musician told AP. “He was a perfectionist and he wouldn’t have wanted it that way. How you gonna release Michael Jackson when Michael Jackson ain’t here to bless it?”
The Black Eyed Pea, who collaborated with Jackson on Thriller 25, says he still respects his friendship with the King of Pop. “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. What’s wrong with what he already contributed to the world?”
Will.i.am also does not care that MJ fans all over the world are desperate to hear more Michael Jackson tunes. “So what?” he said. “You don’t disrespect someone when they’re gone… How much can you suck from his energy? Freaking parasites!”
We do see his point—we can only speculate, but if Jackson didn’t want these particular songs released when they were first recorded (and many of them go back decades), he may have never wanted them released.
Ultimately, Jackson’s legacy is now in the hands of his family, so let’s hope they don’t abuse the power of his songbook and his icon status just to make a buck. So far, we’re not too stressed out over Jackson Cirque Du Soleil shows or new albums. When Jackson’s image ends up on salad dressings or in TV commercials shilling vacuum cleaners, we’ll start to get worried.
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