will.i.am

Nov
19
New Music: will.i.am f/ Britney Spears – ‘Scream & Shout’

will.i.am and Britney Spears

It’s will.i.am and Britney, bitch. The Black Eyed Peas frontman teams with the pop superstar on his new single “Scream & Shout.” The electro-dance record, which will appear on will’s upcoming album #willpower, features a robotic hook from Britney and Auto-Tuned vocals from will. Turn it up.

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Nov
17
will.i.am Enlists Britney Spears for New Single ‘Scream & Shout’

will.i.am and Britney Spears

One year ago, will.i.am debuted his single “T.H.E (The Hardest Ever)” with Jennifer Lopez, and now he’s calling on another one of pop’s leading ladies, Britney Spears, for his next single.

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Nov
5
Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, & will.i.am Star on ‘The Cleveland Show’

will.i.am, Nicki Minaj, and Kenny West

It’s been long rumored that a secret society controlling pop culture exists and it was finally exposed last night on Fox’s “The Cleveland Show.” Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, will.i.am, and The Roots’ ?uestlove lent their voices to the season premiere of the animated series.

In the episode, entitled “Menace II Secret Society,” Cleveland discovers the hip-hop Illuminati fronted by Kanye, reprising his role as Kenny West. After growing tired of his antics (“His ego got out of control, and this is coming from rappers,” says will.i.am), his fellow members plot to end his career with some help from Cleveland, who sets him up with his son Cleveland Jr. and his polka band. Will Kenny’s legacy be tarnished or will the plan backfire?

There are also several musical moments from the animated gang and some quotables from Kanye. Catch the full episode below.

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Oct
18
Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, & Bruno Mars Star on ‘Cleveland Show’ [Sneak Peek]

Cleveland Show

What’s hip-hop’s Illuminati really like? “The Cleveland Show” recruits music’s biggest names—Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, will.i.am, and ?uestlove—to find out.

On the season premiere, “Menace II Secret Society,” rapper Kenny West (voiced by Kanye) invites his famous friends for a secret Illuminati meeting. will.i.am and ?uestlove’s characters argue about the dress code, while Bruno Mars name-drops every song he’s worked on.

“Hey, are we gonna raise global oil prices or what?” asks an annoyed Nicki. “I’ve got a doctor’s appointment to figure out why my hair’s turning pink.”

Kenny and ?uest then begin to play “Chopsticks” on the world’s biggest remote a la Tom Hanks in Big.

In a second teaser, Nicki, Bruno, will.i.am, and ?uestlove plot to kick Kenny West out of the secret society. “We’re trying to affect people on a global scale and he’s going on about ostriches, spaghetti wigs, and replacing his cat’s eyes with diamonds?” says Nicki while seated on Cleveland’s couch.

The episode will air Sunday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. on FOX.

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Oct
6
Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, & will.i.am Join the Illuminati on ‘Cleveland Show’ [Photo]

Bruno Mars, ?uestlove, will.i.am, and Nicki Minaj

The wait is almost over. After teasing for over a year, hip-hop’s biggest stars are getting animated for the Season 4 premiere of Fox’s “The Cleveland Show.”

In the episode, entitled “Menace II Secret Society,” Cleveland discovers a secret hip-hop society fronted by Kanye West, who has previously appeared on the show as Kenny West. His cohorts Bruno Mars, ?uestlove of The Roots, will.i.am, and Nicki Minaj are seen wearing cloaks as part of the secret group that controls pop culture.

Executive producer Rich Appel explained the plot. “Cleveland inadvertently breaks into it and then it’s how he will either bring them down or they’ll bring him down,” he said. “We have a couple of original songs with Kanye and will and Bruno, I mean, all of them, it was great.”

The episode airs Sunday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. EST on Fox.

[TV Guide]

Aug
29
Video: will.i.am f/ Nicole Scherzinger – ‘Hoola Hoop’

Nicole Scherzinger and will.i.am

After getting his car stolen, will.i.am employs another marketing tactic with the “leaked” video for “Hoola Hoop.” Nicole Scherzinger aka Nicci Sundae rocks a short blonde wig and shakes her moneymaker, while the Black Eyed Peas frontman keeps himself shrouded in a bandana in the visually-appetizing clip. The infectious jam samples Rye Rye’s “Shake It to the Ground” and will appear on will’s solo album #willpower.

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Aug
28
New Music: will.i.am – ‘Reach for the Stars (Mars Edition)’

Reach for the Stars

will.i.am blasts off with his new single “Reach for the Stars (Mars Edition).” The triumphant tune sounds like the score for a movie with a big symphonic intro and ad-libs from Lil Jon.

“Why do they say the sky is the limit when I seen them footprints on the moon?” asks an Auto-Tuned will, while a chorus of children sings the empowering hook.

The Black Eyed Peas frontman has teamed up with NASA to broadcast the song from the surface of Mars via the Curiosity rover at 1 p.m. PST today.

His star-studded solo album #willpower is rumored to feature collaborations with Rihanna, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, and more.

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