Jackson's Peas music
(BANG) - Michael Jackson is collaborating with Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am on his new album.
The eccentric singer invited the rapper-producer to join him in an Irish recording studio to work on tracks for a forthcoming LP.
Jackson, 48, told TV show Access Hollywood: "I like what he is doing and thought it would be interesting to collaborate or just see how the chemistry worked. I think he's doing wonderful, innovative, positive, great music."
The 'Bad' singer has not released a new studio album since 2001 but says he has never stopped writing music. Since being cleared of child molestation charges last year Jackson is desperate to put out a fresh record.
Jackson said: "I am always writing a potpourri of music. I want to give the world escapism through the wonder of great music and to reach the masses."
The music legend has often promised new records in the past which have failed to materialise, including a benefit single for Hurricane Katrina victims.
Jackson is currently staying in Ireland with his three children, Prince Michael, Paris and Prince Michael II.
He will make his first official public appearance for some time at the World Music Awards in London next month.
Jackson is to be honoured with the Diamond Award which is given to artists who sell more than 100 million albums during their career.
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