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will.i.am confirms collaboration dream with Anne Hathaway

April 9th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Anne Hathaway
will.i.am has set his sights on another celebrity collaboration - he wants to record with his Rio 2 co-star Anne Hathaway.

The Les Miserables star had heard the rumour that the Black Eyed Peas leader was keen to work with her - but she didn't believe it until he called in to a Wednesday morning (09Apr14) radio chat with DJ Ryan Seacrest in Los Angeles to confirm the news.

He told Hathaway, "I want to make music with you! (In) Rio 1, I was like, 'She sings like that?' I was blown away, Anne, seriously. And then, from there, I was like, 'It would be so amazing to do music outside of an anim...

Will.i.am says Justin Bieber doesn't have to be a 'role model'

March 22nd, 2014 11:20am EDT
Will.i.am doesn't think Justin Bieber has to be a "role model".
The superstar producer has suggested both the 'Beauty and a Beat' singer and Miley Cyrus are under a lot of pressure as they struggle with "growing up" in front of the world, and doesn't blame them for their controversial behavior.
He told The Sun newspaper's TV Magazine: "Those particular pop stars are just graduating into adulthood.
"Part of the reason that I feel Justin Bieber has had a hard time growing up is because the spotlight and magnifying glass is on him.
"It's really not important that pop stars are role models. The...

Kylie Minogue wants to be a Bond girl

March 21st, 2014 5:20am EDT
Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue wants to be a Bond girl.
The 45-year-old singer would love to appear as Daniel Craig's love interest in a future installment of the James Bond film series, although she knows she would have to do it soon as she's not getting any younger.
She said: "I would be the oldest bond girl but of course it would be amazing."
The 'Can't Get You Out of My Head' hitmaker would follow in the footsteps of actresses including Halle Berry, Naomie Harris and Gemma Arterton if she locked lips with the famous spy character, and claims she would love to do more acting.
She added to the Daily Star ...

Will.i.am and Pharrell Williams resolve dispute

March 12th, 2014 11:20am EDT
Will.i.am and Pharrell Williams have resolved their use of 'I Am' out of court.
The pair were locked in a legal battle after the Black Eyed Peas star issued a cease and desist letter which demanded his Interscope Records label mate stopped using the phrase 'I AM' in relation to his 'I AM OTHER' YouTube channel.,
Pharrell hit back with a lawsuit in an attempt to protect his right to use the moniker - before will.i.am counter sued and claimed he has a copycat history.
The 'Scream & Shout' hitmaker cited the producer's record label 'Star Trak Entertainment', and that he also faces legal acti...

Kylie Minogue doesn't think she'll get married

February 17th, 2014 2:20am EST
Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue doesn't know if she'll ever get married.
The 'Can't Get You Out of My Head' hitmaker split from her boyfriend of five years Andrés Velencoso last year due to conflicting work commitments and, although she believes in the "power of love", she's not sure whether she'll ever settle down completely.
She said: "I'm a romantic and I love it, and when it happens I can definitely fall hard - you're in a spin arranging everything else so you can see that person.
"But it's not so much the picture frame with the perfect couple. I don't know if someone is gonna change all that, and I'll b...

Black Eyed Peas to return

February 16th, 2014 3:20pm EST
Black Eyed Peas
Black Eyed Peas are set to return next year.
The 'I Gotta Feeling' group - will.i.am, Fergie, apl.de.ap and Taboo - are getting back together for their first studio album and tour since 'The Beginning' in 2010.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "The Black Eyed Peas are all in agreement they should put a new tour on for the fans - it's not like they properly split when they parted for a hiatus in 2012.
"This time around they're going to head back into the studio and lay down a new album quickly and then hit the road once again.
"Will.i.am has been instrumental in persuading all the Peas to ...

Cheryl Cole and will.i.am distraught after death of friend

February 14th, 2014 4:20am EST
Cheryl Cole
Cheryl Cole and will.i.am are devastated following the sudden death of a close friend.
The stars are in mourning after discovering The Black Eyed Peas' ex-manager Nick Lauher - who guided the band to success - died from a suspected prescription drug overdose last week.
A source said: "Will.i.am has been left utterly devastated.
"He worked with Nick for a long time and had become close friends over the years."
Cheryl grew to know Nick when will.i.am managed her solo career from 2011, and she will drop her plans to fly to San Diego, California, next week ahead of the funeral.
The source to...

Will.i.am launching online video platform

January 30th, 2014 3:20am EST
will.i.am has teamed up with bosses at digital media firm Maker Studios to launch an online video platform.

The original content will revolve around the Black Eyed Peas star's interests and passions, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The platform will also offer users the opportunity to see behind-the-scenes videos and collaborations with other artists, which will stream on will.i.am's YouTube.com channel.

He says, "In an era of disruption that has democratised everything imaginable, there are areas that are exciting for creators and content makers including videos, music videos, doc...

Kylie Minogue still loves Andres Velencoso

January 21st, 2014 4:20am EST
Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue still loves Andres Velencoso.
The 'I Should Be So Lucky' hitmaker split from the Spanish model in October last year after five years together but she still has feelings for him though she has moved on.
She told the Daily Star newspaper: "I was very sad. You come out the other side - being super busy and on the cusp of so many things helps to move on.
"It was an amicable separation but I still love Andres - he's the nicest guy, he's the coolest guy."
Kylie recently signed up to be a coach on UK TV show 'The Voice alongside Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Ricky Wilson - on 'The Voi...

Rumor Patrol: Anne Hathaway Turned Down Oscar Role, Miley Cyrus Dumped, More

January 18th, 2014 1:03pm EST
Anne Hathaway
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Anne Hathaway's Oscar Miss: Rumor has it that Anne Hathaway could have a golden statue on her shelf today, but she quit the production of Silver Linings Playbook. Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Actress award for her work on the film. So is it true Anne should be kicking herself over it?

Verdict: True. Harvey Weinstein revealed to Howard Stern this week that Hathaway and Mark Wahlberg were set to star i...

Will.i.am snubs Playboy model Carla Howe

January 18th, 2014 6:20am EST
'Playboy' model Carla Howe says will.i.am hasn't made love to her despite them going on a few dates over the past year.
The star met the famous producer at a record studio before the pair started to get close and while it has only gone as far as a "kiss", she hopes they can "step it up a level".
She told The Sun newspaper: "After our first date he started running his hands all over my body, and he had a kiss outside the Playboy mansion, but that was as far as it went.
"Soon after we saw each other at Snoop Dogg's birthday party and I went back to his, but we ended up just chilling out. Sinc...

will.i.am shops for Christmas bargains

December 27th, 2013 10:20am EST
will.i.am loves shopping for bargains at Christmas.
The Black Eyed Peas singer visits his local discount stores during the festive season at times when he knows it will be quieter because he likes shopping in peace without fans photographing all the time.
He said: "I go to the 99 cents store. I have to go right when shops open or when they're just about to close because it's not so busy. Everyone wants to take pictures and I never get any shopping done."
The 38-year-old star spends a lot of time in the UK for his coaching role on 'The Voice' and he admits he loves gorging on the British fo...

will.i.am likes to 'wow' with Christmas gifts

December 24th, 2013 4:20am EST
will.i.am loves to "wow" his friends and family with Christmas gifts.
The Black Eyed Peas singer believes he's a very generous person over the festive season and likes making people happy with a carefully chosen present.
He said: "I love Christmas. I like to see people's faces when I give them gifts. I'm a good gift giver. I make sure I really wow them. They don't have to be expensive presents, they just have to be like, 'Where did you get this at? This is so great'."
However, the 38-year-old star admits he doesn't restrict his gift-giving to the holiday season because he prefers to surpri...

will.i.am liked Queen Elizabeth's dress

December 7th, 2013 10:20am EST
will.i.am complimented Britain's Queen Elizabeth on her sense of style.
The Black Eyed Peas star met the monarch backstage at the Diamond Jubilee concert last year and during their brief exchange, he told her he liked her dress as it was similar to one owned by his grandma.
He said: "I told the queen I liked her dress and that my grandma had one like it. Kylie Minogue introduced me to her and it was amazing. Everybody was like, 'Wow, Kylie knows the queen.' "
will has also met the queen's grandson, Prince William - who has four-month-old son Prince George with wife Duchess Catherine - and m...

Britney Spears promises lots of dancing

December 3rd, 2013 6:20am EST
Britney Spears
Britney Spears' Las Vegas audience will feel like they are "in the show".
'The 'Work Bitch' hitmaker will launch her Britney: Piece of Me' residency at Planet Hollywood later this month and says the concerts feature "the most dancing" she has ever done and will allow fans to feel closer to her than ever before.
Speaking to Ryan Seacrest for an iHeart radio special, she said: "There's a lot of different, interesting aspects to the show and a lot of moments where the audience feels like they're in the show with us. A lot of special effects like that and it's the most dancing I've ever done."

Will.i.am Praises Britney Spears' Work Ethic On 'Britney Jean'

November 29th, 2013 3:51pm EST
Britney Spears
Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am has praised pal Britney Spears for her hard work and high level of focus on her new album, "Britney Jean."

The producer was surprised by the singer's level of discipline while putting together her latest record, which he executive produced.

"Most artists aren't like that... Britney is the most focused and disciplined of all the artists in the industry...." he tells Popjustice.com. "Those (other artists) aren't pros. Britney's a pro. Her time is valuable: she has kids. And a lot of the time with an artist they'll go into the studio, they'll sit around, they'r...

One Direction to perform at American Music Awards

October 24th, 2013 12:20pm EDT
One Direction
One Direction will perform at the American Music Awards next month.
The 'Best Song Ever' hitmakers - consisting of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson - will make their on-stage debut at the annual awards ceremony on November 24, reports E! News.
The group will perform for their legions of fans at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, joining a bill that includes 'Wrecking Ball' singer Miley Cyrus - who previously shocked the world with her racy twerking antics at the MTV Video Music Awards in August. It's not yet known what song the pop band will perform, but ...

Britney Spears to 'surprise' with song

October 23rd, 2013 11:20am EDT
Britney Spears
Britney Spears' next single will "surprise" people.
The 31-year-old singer will release 'Perfume' from her forthcoming eighth studio album 'Britney Jean' later this year and her record label boss Peter Edge says the quality of her singing will astonish listeners, with the track showcasing a different side to her talents.
Peter told Billboard magazine: There's a song we feel fairly strong will be the second single called 'Perfume'.
"It was written by Sia and could be a big career song. It's more of a downtempo song, but people are amazed at the quality of her vocals on it. She sings it beaut...

will.i.am never rests

October 21st, 2013 4:20am EDT
will.i.am never takes a day off.
The 'Scream and Shout' hitmaker is always busy working on new songs and projects as he feels it would be "wasteful" to stop working.
When asked by one of his followers on Twitter if he ever takes time off, he replied: "day off??? That sounds so wasteful ... image your brain or heart said: "I'm going to take the day off" ? #iCANTstop #iLOVEwork (sic)"
will.i.am has his own music studio and is rumoured to have set up his own science lab, as well as learning to write computer code so he can develop his own technology. He also has the title Director of Creativ...

Britney Spears names album Britney Jean

October 15th, 2013 11:20am EDT
Britney Spears
Britney Spears' new album is called 'Britney Jean'.
The 'Work Bitch' singer - whose full name is Britney Jean Spears - has named her eighth album after the nickname her family use for her.
She told UK radio station Capital FM: "It's a personal album, and all my family, they always call me Britney Jean. It's like a term of endearment, and I just wanted to share that with my fans".
The name comes from her birth name, Britney Jean Spears.
Britney worked with producer and Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am on 'Work Bitch' but he claims the rest of the record has a different sound.
He said: "T...

2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 2

October 12th, 2013 9:10pm EDT
I Am Not a Human Being II
Welcome all who dare to part deux of my Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions of 2013 for all who dare to enter the brentmusicreviews zone! Ha… If you missed the first part (Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions of 2013, Part 1), you should like totally check out my favorites from 2013, ‘cause there was some awesome albums.  If you’re not one for positivity and optimism, maybe you’re just checking this out because some you enjoy skepticism, criticism, and the occasional, um, cynicism.  Regardless, let me remind you how I started off my previous post:

As I look o...

will.i.am opts to join Britney Spears in Las Vegas

October 10th, 2013 6:20pm EDT
will.i.am wants to perform with Britney Spears during her Las Vegas residency.
The 38-year-old star wants to be a supportive friend to the 31-year-old blond beauty who will embark on a two-year show, 'Britney Spears: Piece of Me' at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 27 and is hoping to join her in the gambling capital.
Talking to E! News, he said: "I can't wait for her Vegas shows to open. I want to go there and support, perform with her."
will.i.am - real name William James Adams - was the executive producer for Britney's eighth studio album and has high hopes for it, while ins...

will.i.am And Pharrell Williams In Legal Battle

September 21st, 2013 8:15pm EDT
Will.i.am and Pharrell Williams are locked in a lawsuit battle.

The former Black Eyed Peas star originally issued a cease and desist letter which demanded his Interscope Records label mate stopped using the phrase 'I AM' in relation to his ' I AM OTHER' YouTube channel.

According to TMZ, Pharrell hit back with a lawsuit in an attempt to protect his right to use the moniker - before will.i.am counter sued and claimed he has a copycat history.

The gossip site reports that the 'Scream & Shout' hitmaker has cited the producer's record label 'Star Trak Entertainment', and that he also faces l...

Britney Spears Using Vocal Coach For Comeback

September 2nd, 2013 9:31pm EDT
Britney Spears
Britney Spears hired a vocal coach to prepare for her comeback.

The 'Crazy' hit-maker has confirmed she is in training with a team of specialists to whip her into shape ahead of her follow up to 2011's 'Femme Fatale'.

A spokesperson for Britney told Digital Spy: "Britney has been using a vocal coach and going to regular sessions and has also been working hard with her choreographer in preparation for what's coming up."

The confirmation comes after a timer appeared on her official website reading 'ALL EYES ON ME' and counting down the next two weeks. Britney's spokesman teased: "With albu...

Rumor Patrol: Lindsay Lohan Rocks Late Night Gig, Kim Kardashian's 'Fake' Baby Photo, More

August 3rd, 2013 3:07pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Lindsay Lohan Rocks Chelsea Lately: Did Lindsay Lohan really blow people away when she was the guest host on a taping of Chelsea Lately?

Verdict: True! The studio audience was singing Lindsay's praises when she taped the show, which will air on E! Monday night. Rumorfix reports she stumbled in the beginning, but quickly got into the groove and began to sling some zingers at her fellow Hollywood stars. ...

Music Wrap-Up: Will.I.Am As New 'Idol' Judge, Jay Z's HBO Documentary + More

August 2nd, 2013 1:28pm EDT
It’s Friday and I must say that it’s been a bit of a quiet week for music. But don’t you worry your pretty little heads. Pull yourself away from the photo of Bow Wow locking lips with Tyra Banks long enough to check out some of the news you may have missed this week in Hip Hop and R&B.

Will.I.Am rumored to join American Idol as a judge

There’s a rumor going around regarding season 13 of the long-running talent show "American Idol." According to a report, Will.I.Am is gearing up to sit in the judges’ seat this coming season of "American Idol." The rumor also suggests that Jennifer Lopez, a...

will.i.am brings record label to U.K.

July 9th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Rapper will.i.am has moved his record label from the U.S. to the U.K. because he likes the "fresh" vibe of British music.

The Black Eyed Peas star, a California native, has been based in London while serving as a mentor on U.K. TV talent show The Voice, and was inspired to bring his company over to British shores, due to the country's thriving pop scene.

He tells JohnHurnbuckle.com, "My label is now based in the U.K. I had a label over in America, (Black Eyed Peas bandmate) Fergie signed to my label and LMFAO and Macy Gray and Black Eyed Peas and I thought, you know what, I want to base m...

Pharrell Williams takes preventative court action against will.i.am

July 1st, 2013 8:30pm EDT
Hip-hop superproducer Pharrell Williams has asked a New York judge for permission to continue doing business under his creative firm's I Am Other name following a trademark dispute with rapper will.i.am.

The Black Eyed Peas frontman's lawyer fired off a cease and desist notice to Williams last week (ends28Jun13), demanding he stop using the name for his YouTube.com channel because it is too "confusingly similar" to will.i.am's copyrighted "I AM" phrase.

However, Williams is refusing to back down and has taken preventative action in a federal court, arguing that they are using the words "I...

will.i.am launches legal action against Pharrell Williams over logo

June 26th, 2013 3:28pm EDT
will.i.am has launched legal action against fellow hip-hop star Pharrell Williams over a branding dispute.

The Black Eyed Peas frontman claims he owns the copyright to the phrase "I AM" and Williams' new creative brand "i am OTHER" is too "confusingly similar".

In his official notice of opposition, will.i.am states, "The registration of the mark... is likely to dilute the I AM mark and the WILL.I.AM mark."

Williams' lawyers have promptly filed a response to refute the allegations, and the Frontin' hitmaker tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I am disappointed that Will, a fellow artist, would...

Will.i.am Angered Over Record Company's Lack Of Promotion For British Winner Of 'The Voice'

June 19th, 2013 12:20pm EDT
Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am has spoken out over his frustration with executives at Universal Music and blamed them for the lack of success singer Leanne Mitchell, who won the British version of The Voice last year.

Mitchell, who was mentored by Welsh crooner Tom Jones, has had no chart success since releeasing her debut single, "Run To You," which failed to crack the British Top 40. Her debut, self-titled album was released in the UK on May 27 and also failed to chart, and now the music producer has spoken out over the lack of support for the singer, who signed a record deal worth over ...

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