After a big 2006, will.i.am remains one of the hottest producers in hip-hop. I have no idea why he’s the producer of the moment (perhaps the same people that like Eminem’s beats are his fanbase), but it looks like he’s using his success to work on Michael Jackson’s comeback album. The Black Eyed Pea is also advising Jackson on ways to use social networking sites and technology for the album. The album is expected to be out by the end of 2007.
will.i.am tells Billboard.com he has been doing “a lot of talking on the phone, a lot of brainstorming” with Jackson so far. Their conversations, he says, involve more than just music but also figuring out how Jackson can use new technology, particularly social networking sites and download outlets, to his advantage.
But Jackson’s next musical direction remains a primary concern. “Man, he still sings like a bird,” will.i.am says. “He could go anywhere. I think we have a real opportunity to do something here. It’s either gonna be really big or nobody’s gonna care. Ain’t no middle ground on this one.”