Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas recently spoke to the BBC Newsbeat show discussing Michael’s standing in the world in comparison to other popular artists like NeYo, Chris Brown, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna. In the interview he said:
“And then there’s Michael Jackson and Michael Jackson has a different pace. You cannot put Michael Jackson in that category, especially when a lot of those artists have been inspired by Michael Jackson. So Michael Jackson’s going to release his record when he releases his record. And he’s going to pick who he’s going to pick”.
Will.i .am was then asked about his own contribution to Michael’s album; “He’ll probably call and say “Hey, can I come over to your house and record my vocals? Like he did on Thriller 25”. It’s only happened twice, so I didn’t have that much time to practice. He just came over to the crib and I recorded his vocals.
[Impersonating Michael] “I like it here. It’s real relaxed and comfortable. Can I come over tomorrow to record the rest of my vocals?”