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.

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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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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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will.i.am Performs ‘This Is Love’ on ‘Letterman’

will.i.am, David Letterman, and Eva Simons

Will.i.am spread the love when he performed his new single “This Is Love” for the first time on U.S. television on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” The Black Eyed Peas frontman kicked off the performance seated at a white piano before mohawked singer Eva Simons emerged to join him onstage. The pair had the audience chanting “Hell yeah!” as they worked their way through the aisles.

Will’s solo album #willpower is expected to feature collaborations with Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Busta Rhymes, and Jennifer Lopez, who appears on the lead single “T.H.E (The Hardest Ever).”

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Jessie J and will.i.am Perform ‘I Gotta Feeling’ at Jubilee Concert

will.i.am and Jessie J

Jessie J and will.i.am teamed up for a royal performance. To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, “The Voice” stars performed the Black Eyed Peas’ celebratory anthem “I Gotta Feeling” on the outdoor stage at Buckingham Palace in London. The British diva also delivered her hit single “Domino” and later met Her Majesty backstage with her fellow performers.

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will.i.am Drinks and Tweets with ‘Alan Carr: Chatty Man’


will.i.am let loose during his visit to British talk show “Alan Carr: Chatty Man.” The Black Eyed Peas frontman chatted with the cheeky host about his gig on the U.K. version of “The Voice,” his use of Auto-Tune, carrying the Olympic torch, and his new video for “This Is Love.”

Plus, he participated in a drinking game. Every time will said “dope,” Alan had to take a shot. It wasn’t long before he was drunk.

He also tested will’s tweeting ability by spinning him in a chair as he sent out a message to his followers. Find out if he succeeded.

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Video: will.i.am f/ Eva Simons – ‘This Is Love’


London calling. will.i.am heads across the pond in the video for “This Is Love,” the new single off his upcoming solo album #willpower. Dressed in a red blazer, the Black Eyed Peas frontman plays the piano in front of the Tower Bridge while his co-star, Dutch singer Eva Simmons, appears on a laptop screen. Will grabs an umbrella as it starts to rain. Later that day, he is joined by female violinists as fireworks burst across the night. See sparks fly.

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