Posthumous Album Releases: Celebrating Life or Disrespecting the Dead?

November 16, 2010

With the first of possibly many posthumous album releases coming out next month for Michael Jackson, one has to ask: Is it really a good idea? Find out what one vocal star says about it, and see pictures and video below!

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Certainly not a new idea for the industry, records have been made for such greats as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Tupac Shakur after their deaths, and are generally considered to be a bad idea. Pieced together from leftover studio recordings, it’s almost impossible to get a natural sound from most of it.

Talking to the press about the first of Michael Jackson’s posthumous album releases and new single “Hold My Hand,” Black Eyed Peas front man Will I Am said Sony’s collaboration was disrespectful to the memory of the King of Pop.

“Whoever put it out and is profiting off of it, I want to see how cold they are. 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. Maybe if I never worked with him I wouldn’t have this perspective. He was very particular about how he wanted his vocals, the reverb he used he was that hands-on.”

I think that’s a fair point. But to other avid fans, the chance to hear even unpolished music from Michael makes the release worth it. In a way, some argue, the musician lives on through his new music. In fact, the 5 records released by Tupac after his death have even caused some conspiracy theorists to question whether he really died in the first place!

Where do you stand on this issue? Do posthumous album releases help a musician live on? Or do they disrespect his or her memory? Let me know in the comment section after you check out pictures and video of these musical greats below!

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Photos: Daniel Deme, Danny Clifford,

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One Response to “Posthumous Album Releases: Celebrating Life or Disrespecting the Dead?”

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    Harry Says:

    That’s crazy how many albums Tupac has released albums after he died!