Will.I.Am has loudly voiced his opposition to Michael, the forthcoming posthumous Michael Jackson LP, calling its release "disrespectful." But Akon, who collaborated with Jackson on the just-released "Hold My Hand" single, disagrees.
"I think that's probably Will's thing," Akon told TMZ. "Me, personally, I think it's keeping the legacy alive. I don't see anything disrespectful about it.
"These albums would have come out if [Jackson] was alive or dead," he continued, "so I think this helps to keep his legacy alive. I honestly disagree with [Will]."
Akon said that working with Jackson was "really a dream come true of mine."
Will, who worked with Jackson in 2006, sounded off about the album last week, questioning how posthumous material by an artist as meticulous as MJ could ever be released.
"Michael Jackson songs are finished when Michael says they're finished," Will said. "Maybe if I never worked with him I wouldn't have this perspective. He was very particular about how he wanted his vocals, the reverb he used ... he was that hands-on."
Will added that the songs he worked on with Jackson will never see the light of day. "He kept his vocals and I kept the music," he said. "We had that understanding."
- Michael Jackson