[caption id="attachment_24095" align="alignnone" width="640" caption="Kim Dotcom appears in Auckland district court in New Zealand, January 20, 2012. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images"][/caption]
Editor’s note: This article was updated with more information provided to Hive by Joseph Besson.
One month ago, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom uploaded to YouTube the "Megaupload Mega Song," which was produced by Printz Board, and features cameos from Kanye West, Chris Brown and Alicia Keys. The video, which has racked up 12.5 million views, includes a shot of Dotcom in a studio, adding his own vocals to the track. But that won't be the last we hear from Dotcom, who appeared in court on Friday in New Zealand to argue for bail (his lawyers say that at 6'6", he's just too big to slip out of the country anyway). The mega-sized Mega-founder will release a full-length album sometime in the future. That's according to Joseph "Papo" Besson, who is VP of Operations for Beets & Produce, the production team behind "Megaupload Mega Song."
Hive contacted Besson for comments regarding Printz Board's current involvement with Megaupload founder/owner, Kim Dotcom. "They did the [Megaupload] song in Hong Kong and New Zealand," Besson wrote to Hive. "I was not present but I work with the owner of Megaupload to release his upcoming album ... I'm coordinating that release. As far as Printz he is not avail [sic] to speak because he is at Kim Dotcoms [sic] residence at this moment. Very hard to reach him there."
“It is a phenomenal project,” he said. “Printz Board is producing this project with Kim. I am coordinating the logistics of the release, as well as consulting on the artwork. Printz Board is executing the vision that Kim has for this project to the letter. Kim is also pushing the limits with this project. He has some huge surprises for everyone. The mix of a musical genius in Printz and an actual genius in Kim Dotcom will be history in the making, I'm sure of it.”
With a name like Kim Dotcom, how can he not release a record? It's a fresh twist in a story whose plot found hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz denying that he's the CEO of Megaupload (though he's still interested in working with them), Dotcom getting arrested in his safe room with a shotgun (perfect fodder for a rap track), and a heated battle in court between Universal Music Group and Megaupload over the "Megaupload Mega Song." Megaupload dropped their UMG lawsuit yesterday.