Of all the thing to not get het up about, the continuing exploitation of Michael Jackson’s untimely passing has to be somewhere near the top of the list: it was obvious from the very moment of his death that record, TV and film companies were going to wring just about every possible cent out of his back catalogue and unreleased material. So why bother yourself with it?

Someone obviously forgot to inform Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am, who has taken issue with the soon to be released ‘Michael’, a collection of songs he had laid down vocal tracks for before he died. The album is due for release on 14 December, just in time for the inevitable Christmas rush, and he thinks those who made it are ‘cold’. This hasn’t gone down well with Akon, who was involved with te recording of the record.

‘Whoever put it out and is profiting off of it, I want to see how cold they are,’ said Will. ‘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.’

‘I think that's probably Will's opinion,’ said Akon. ‘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.

‘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.’

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