Jackson has enlisted Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am (William Adams) as a music producer for the album. Jackson and Adams appeared together in an Access Hollywood interview conducted in October of 2006. At the time of the interview, Jackson and Adams had not completed any music yet and were still experimenting with different sounds and styles. However, a Rolling Stone magazine article published in a few months later stated that the pair had already completed eight songs including one title "I'm Dreamin'".
Will.i.am told Billboard magazine that he is involved in more than just the musical aspect of Jackson's new album. He is also discussing with Jackson how he can use new technology, particularly social networking websites and downloading outlets to his advantage.
Long-time Michael Jackson producer Teddy Riley, who has worked with Jackson since 1991 on his albums Dangerous, Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix and Invincible, has been working with Jackson on the new album since May 2006.
In the last four months of 2006, Jackson worked in the Grouse Lodge Recording Studios. During those four months, he worked with will.i.am (as previously mentioned), Rodney Jerkins (who worked with Jackson on his Invincible album), Neff-U (who has worked with Ne-Yo, Eminem and 50 Cent) and Big Chuck.
Rumoured and unconfirmed collaborators
R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo told People magazine (Issue 15) that he might be involved in the making of Jackson's new album. He told the magazine, "As of now it's just about finding the time to do it. This is beyond huge. The man is responsible for my whole sound. I'm looking forward to meeting him. I heard that he's an interesting guy to say the least."
Jackson could also be possibly working with R&B star Akon. However, Akon claims he is not at liberty to disclose details on his involvement in the album.
Another R&B artist that Jackson might be working with is Chris Brown. Brown performed a tribute to Jackson at the World Music Awards 2006. At that time he revealed to Billboard magazine that he was in talks with Jackson to participate in the new album.
Producer Sean Garrett has also attached his name to the new Jackson album. E! revealed that Jackson's new album is on his long list of current and future music projects.
2007 Album Info (in Wikipedia)