Nick Cannon has responded to the negative “whiteface” backlash and there's new music on the way from the legendary Michael Jackson. More inside…
Before his appearance on "GMA", "AGT" host Nick Cannon was spotted showing off his ridiculously dyed leopard while posing with his personal umbrella holder.
He stopped by the morning program to respond to the negative backlash he's received of himself in “whiteface.” You'll recall that we reported on the pics, which he used to promote the release of his new album “White People Party Music” (in stores April 1st).
During the GMA interview, Nick said the stunt came from a good place and was meant to be funny.
"Whiteface, if you look it up and Google it, it's a ski slope up in upstate New York. I don't really know what that is....Blackface is a term that was created in 1869 to describe offensive minstrel shows. I was doing a character impression. Blackface is about oppression. If you really want to have that conversation, we can have conversation.
"To me, this was to have fun and to put it out there. Yes, we have issues with race in this country and this world but it doesn't have to be about hatred. [The new album is] "a bunch of stuff that's probably going to cause controversy but it all comes from a good place,"
Check the interview below:
In music news…
Good news for MJ fans! Brand new music from Michael Jackson will be released on a long awaited album titled XSCAPE. The upcoming album will debut May 13th and is being released by Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson.
Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid (who served as executive producer) teamed up with top producers to “contemporize” songs from MJ’s enormous musical archive. A press release revealed that L.A. was granted unlimited access to four decades of material that MJ worked on before his untimely death.
Hit producers Timbaland (the album’s lead producer), Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain are among the names who "contemporized" MJ’s songs to add a fresh sound.
XSCAPE will feature eight new, never-heard-before tracks and will also include a deluxe edition, which will include the original recordings, by Michael Jackson. In the past, MJ chose album titles from a song on the album and used only one word titles. As a tribute to his album naming process, his new album XSCAPE followed the same pattern.
XSCAPE will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow (April 1st) on iTunes and MichaelJackson.com. It will be available at all retailers worldwide on May 13th.