London (ANI): Akon has slammed Will.i.am over his claim that the
upcoming posthumous Michael Jackson album is "disrespectful" to the
tragic icon. The Black Eyed Peas star insists the King of Pop would
be spinning in his grave over the December 14 release of Michael,
arguing the perfectionist would never allow his songs to be heard
without his approval.
"Whoever put it out and is profiting off of it, I want to see
how cold they are," the Sun quoted him as saying. "To say that what
(Jackson) 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," he said.
Will.i.am's attack has outraged Akon, who collaborated with
Jacko on the first single release from the album, 'Hold My Hand".
"I think that's probably Will's opinion. Me personally, I think
that's keeping his legacy alive. I don't see anything disrespectful
about it. He got his people taking care of it," the R&B singer
"We all did records that we actually worked on together on the
album. These records would have come out whether he was alive or
dead, so I think this actually helps to keep his legacy alive. I
honestly disagree with that," he added.