December 21, 2010 02:54:32 GMT
The R 'n' B singer who had collaborated with the late singer in the past, said Michael wouldn't release the album that way.
Ne-Yo is refusing to listen to the posthumous Michael Jackson album - because he's adamant if the King of Pop was still alive he wouldn't have released the tracks. Michael, which features previously unheard Jackson material including a collaboration with Ne-Yo, hit music retailers last week, but its release has not been without controversy.
The singer's longtime producer Quincy Jones blasted record bosses at Sony for allowing the perfectionist's unfinished songs to be heard by the public, while members of the Jackson family have raised concerns about the authenticity of the vocals.
Now Ne-Yo has spoken out to explain his boycott of the record, insisting he's not interested in listening to it. He tells TMZ.com, "If Michael was still alive... I don't think the album would be out yet... I'm gonna stick to my old Mike."