Akon has revealed that Michael Jackson agreed to his sell-out London shows as “he wanted his kids to see his legacy,” and discusses the recording of Jackson’s rumored new album in an interview with Billboard.
“We were working on a lot of ideas,” Akon says of his time spent with the King of Pop. “A lot of the songs that were done were all ideas; they weren’t really complete songs. He was the kind of person that wanted to lay all the ideas down [first].”
Akon continues, “He had put everything aside just so he could focus on this tour over at the O2 in Europe. That was his main priority, and he was so excited about it. He was like, “Man. We sold this out in a minute. My fans are still there. They still love me. They’re alive.” That motivated him more than anything.
“The main reason he had even accepted these dates was because he wanted his kids to see his legacy — they never got to see Dad up close and personal, doing it. They’ve seen videotapes and concert footage. He was trying to create the most incredible show so his kids could witness it.”
Plans for the album were temporarily shelved so Jackson could concentrate on the London shows, but Akon says he would finish the songs off with the family’s blessings.
“Right now they’re pretty much all ideas, but if there is anything to be done to them, of course I would let the family make all those decisions,” he explains. “I think it’s their right to figure out how they want his music distributed or finish these records before we move on with it. I wouldn’t ever take it upon myself to try to release any of his music without working with the family.”
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