Recent reports have confirmed that a Michael Jackson album will release at the end of the year. The album will include unreleased material that the late musician had not yet finished, and will be compiled by brothers Jackie and Marlon. According to Billboard, Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am is no thrilled about the idea.
“I don’t think that should ever come out,” he said. “That’s bad. 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?”
He went on to call the move distasteful, even with the public demand for Michael Jackson’s music. “What’s wrong with what he already contributed to the world…You don’t disrespect someone when they’re gone…How much can you suck from his energy?…Freaking parasites!”
Although will.i.am is decidedly angry about the decision to release unfinished MJ music, good news came on Thursday when BMI announced that it would be honoring him at its annual Urban Awards ceremony.
Taking place on September 10 in Hollywood, the organization will present the artist and producer with the BMI President’s award for his contribution to the music industry as well as his humanitarian efforts. The event will include a live performance tribute to his career.
Other BMI honorees include Willie Nelson, Taylor Swift, and Juanes.