Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am told the British newspaper the Mirror backstage at Glastonbury over the weekend that he had been working with Michael Jackson on a new dance music album. He said the two holed up in a studio in Ireland for the good part of a year and that Mr. i.am held down production duties. He calls it, dubiously, "something Michael has never done before -- a dance music album." Come again? Off The Wall? Thriller? Maybe he was referring to a contemporary, electronic dance music album.
"It was going to be out of this world," the Pea says. "I was very proud of it. But he was very protective and kept it under lock and key. After we made it I had to hand back every demo."
Will it see the light of day? Probably. I would think that whoever ends up controlling Jackson's estate would want to erase its debt and start getting in the black for his three children. I would think that unleashing what would appear to be his next intended album, produced by a hit-maker like will.i.am, would be a priority. It's not something I would want to keep on ice.